NBA playoffs odds handicappers have growing expectations for the Oklahoma City Thunder after their strong NBA playoffs betting effort last year against the Lakers.
The Oklahoma City Thunder will host the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night with a starting time of 9:30 PM ET and a telecast on TNT. Be sure and have your Sports Gambling account open and ready for action on this opening game of the Western Conference quarterfinals series. This is a best of seven series.
Denver is the 5 seed in the Western Conference as they had a basketball betting record of 50-32 straight up and 44-34-4 against the spread. The Nuggets were the top ranked scoring offense in the NBA but much of that was built up with Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups who were traded at the All Star Break.
Since that time the Nuggets have developed into a stronger defensive team and play an impressive brand of team basketball. Nene was the leading scorer on Denver with 14.5 points per game.
Oklahoma City was the 4 seed in the Western Conference and had a record of 55-27 straight up and 43-38-1 with the NBA lines. OKC went over the total in 25 out of 41 home games. The Thunder ranked 5th in the NBA for scoring offense but were a weak defensive team that ranked 18th in the league for points allowed.
Of course the Thunder are best known for having one of the best players in the game with Kevin Durant, who averaged 27.7 points per game. Oklahoma City emerged as a playoff team last year and took the eventual champion Lakers to 6 games in their series and has kept the momentum going through this year.
Oklahoma City has gotten the cash in 9 out of their last 13 games against the Denver Nuggets. The two teams have gone under the total in 6 of their last 8 matchups.
The Thunder have paid out in 5out of their last 7 home games with the Nuggets with 3 of the last 4 meetings between the teams in OKC going under the total. The first two matchups of this series with the NBA playoffs odds will be in Oklahoma City with games 3 and 4 in Denver.