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NBA : ATS Matchup
Monday 8/3/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore




DENVER (43 - 23) vs. OKLAHOMA CITY (41 - 24)
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Monday, 8/3/2020 4:00 PM
The Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports - Lake Buena Vista, FL
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DENVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games43-23-6.128-3231-35110.355.147.0%52.5107.754.346.0%51.0
Road Games18-15-3.813-1716-17109.354.746.2%51.4110.155.746.9%51.5
Last 5 Games2-3-5.61-42-3105.458.047.5%46.0109.855.248.2%50.2
Division Games10-1+11.27-43-8109.855.547.6%55.7102.051.342.8%49.8
DENVER Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)110.355.142-8947.0%11-3035.5%16-2177.5%521127208135
vs opponents surrendering112.256.441-8946.0%12-3435.8%18-2377.4%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)109.354.741-8946.2%11-3236.1%16-2079.5%511126218145
Stats Against (All Games)107.754.340-8646.0%12-3434.7%17-2275.9%511025207144
vs opponents averaging112.256.441-8946.0%12-3535.7%18-2377.2%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)110.155.740-8646.9%12-3335.8%18-2377.1%511025208145

OKLAHOMA CITY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games41-24+13.140-2430-34110.854.947.4%50.8108.154.245.6%51.6
Road Games21-11+16.924-814-18108.454.946.3%52.3107.053.345.3%51.8
Last 5 Games4-1+4.13-22-3109.859.049.8%51.8103.455.243.4%50.4
Division Games8-4+6.59-35-7111.553.446.9%53.7105.851.744.2%50.5
OKLAHOMA CITY Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)110.854.940-8547.4%10-2935.5%20-2579.7%51822198135
vs opponents surrendering111.956.241-8946.0%12-3435.9%18-2377.2%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)108.454.939-8546.3%10-2934.9%20-2578.7%52821198135
Stats Against (All Games)108.154.241-9045.6%11-3334.3%15-1979.6%521023237134
vs opponents averaging112.156.341-8946.0%12-3435.9%18-2377.3%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)107.053.341-9145.3%11-3333.8%14-1778.6%521123236134
Average power rating of opponents played: DENVER 95.8,  OKLAHOMA CITY 96.3
DENVER - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/3/2020*OKLAHOMA CITY              
8/5/2020*SAN ANTONIO              
8/10/2020*LA LAKERS              
8/12/2020*LA CLIPPERS              

OKLAHOMA CITY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/5/2020*LA LAKERS              
8/14/2020*LA CLIPPERS              
DENVER: LAST SEASON: 54-28, lost 4-3 to Portland in Western Conference semifinals.
COACH: Michael Malone (fifth season with Nuggets, 173-155; seventh season overall, 212-222).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Jamal Murray (18.2 ppg), G Gary Harris (12.9), F Paul Millsap (12.6), C Nikola Jokic (20.1), G Will Barton (11.5).
KEY LOSSES: G Isaiah Thomas, F Trey Lyles, C Thomas Welsh.
KEY ADDITIONS: F Jerami Grant, C Bol Bol, F Michael Porter Jr.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Porter was the 14th overall pick in 2018 and missed all of last season as he recovered from back surgery. He skipped the Summer League in Las Vegas due to a balky knee. Now, he's healthy and ready to contribute. A healthy Porter gives the Nuggets another dimension on the perimeter, and another piece to add to the core of Murray, Harris, Jokic and Millsap.
OUTLOOK: The Nuggets have improved every season since Malone took over, going from 33 wins his first season to 40, 46 and 54 last season when they earned the No. 2 seed in the West. They didn't make any splashy moves in the offseason although they did bring back Millsap, picking up his $30 million option and agreed on a $170 million extension for Murray. Behind MVP-candidate Jokic, the Nuggets are a legit title contender.
OKLAHOMA CITY: LAST SEASON: 49-33, lost 4-1 to Portland in Western Conference first round.
COACH: Billy Donovan (fifth season, 199-129).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Chris Paul (15.6 ppg with Houston), G Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (10.8 with Los Angeles Clippers), F Danilo Gallinari (19.8 with Clippers), F Andre Roberson (5.0), C Steven Adams (13.9).
KEY LOSSES: G Russell Westbrook, F Paul George, G Jerami Grant, F Markieff Morris, F Patrick Patterson.
KEY ADDITIONS: Paul, Gilgeous-Alexander, Gallinari, Darius Bazley, Justin Patton, Mike Muscala. PLAYERS TO WATCH: Even though the Thunder will be widely expected to struggle this season, the backcourt of Paul and Gilgeous-Alexander ' assuming health ' is certainly good enough to help Oklahoma City contend for a postseason berth. It'll be interesting to see if Paul is energized by the trade, Gilgeous-Alexander is a budding young talent and Gallinari (coming off his best scoring season) is a veteran presence who fits very nicely into today's perimeter-based NBA game.
OUTLOOK: The Thunder went all-in on title-chasing in recent years, and now they're all-in on a reset after trading away Westbrook and George. But this isn't anywhere near a tank; there are plenty of good players on the Thunder roster, and GM Sam Presti has accumulated more than a dozen first-round picks over the next seven years to play with if he's inclined to make a big move. If they can trade Paul, which may still be an option despite the veteran's massive $44 million player option for the 2021-22 season, that would only add more pieces to Presti's plan for an OKC reload.

Because of this information, no power rating or computer score edges are posted for this game.

Nuggets seek better effort against surging Thunder

The Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder are a part of a five-team group bunched from third to seventh place in the Western Conference standings.

With seven games remaining in the regular season in the NBA's restart near Orlando, games among the group take on magnified importance.

That will be the case Monday, when the Nuggets and Thunder meet in each team's second game since the season resumed.

Oklahoma City picked up right where it left off after the nearly five-month break, extending its winning streak to four with Saturday's 110-94 win over the Utah Jazz, another of the teams in that tight bunch.

"One game down, seven to go," Thunder point guard Chris Paul said after the game.

Oklahoma City has been one of the league's surprises throughout the season.

Led by Paul, the remade Thunder (41-24) have climbed to fifth in the West, just 1.5 games behind the Nuggets (43-23) for third.

Paul said the Thunder were in better position to compete with the best teams in the league now than they were when the league shut down in early March, especially pointing to the availability of Andre Roberson.

Roberson returned Saturday for his first regular-season action in more than two-and-a-half years.

"When you talk about that big gap we've had since March, to see how much better we've gotten as a team, to see Dre Roberson out there hooping, it's special," Paul said. "It almost gives you goosebumps, right? Just because you know how much work guys have put in. And to see it come to fruition in a game, it's special."

Things went much differently for the Nuggets, who were beaten 125-105 by Miami in their first game back.

Denver was without three starters in the loss. Will Barton, Gary Harris and Jamal Murray all missed the game with various ailments but Nuggets coach Michael Malone said his team's problems in their first game back went far deeper than injuries.

"I saw a lot of guys out there playing hard. Whether you have guys out from injury or coronavirus, that's unacceptable," Malone said. "If you turn the ball over and walk down the floor because you're feeling sorry for yourself that does not sit well with me. I like guys who play hard. I'm attracted to guys who go out there and no matter what's going on, find a way to give effort. We need to find those guys."

Now a team that looked for much of the season capable of contending with the Los Angeles teams at the top of the West is in danger of falling into the lower reaches of the playoff picture.

"We cannot think about the playoffs," Nuggets center Nikola Jokic said.

While Malone was frustrated, he also said there was no reason for Denver to panic. There's not much time to bounce back, though.

The game is the third and final regular-season meeting between the teams.

The teams have split the first two, with each team winning on their home floor. In the last meeting on Feb. 21 in Oklahoma City, the Thunder won 113-101 behind a 29-point performance by Paul.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 9/26/2020 6:03:40 AM EST

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