Denver Nuggets vs Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder have emerged as the hottest team in the NBA with six straight wins and they’ll go for seven on Tuesday on the road at the Denver Nuggets.
And while Kevin Durant, the league’s leading scorer at 28.5 points per game, and the still-improving Russell Westbrook have taken all the plaudits, they’re getting a huge assist from Serge Ibaka in the middle.
The Spain international, in his fifth season Stateside, has averaged 14.3 points and 8.5 rebounds over his last ten games and with career-highs in both categories, he has become a much more efficient offensive presence. There was a rare blip on Sunday when he scored just four against Orlando and also in OKC’s previous meeting with the Nuggets this season, when he was held to just five as his team ground out a 115-113 win.
Denver have regained some of their homecourt advantage of late, claiming seven wins out of eight at the Pepsi Center. But they’ve gone just 4-3 in December so far despite getting a streak of games against sub-.500 teams.
The Thunder, with Ibaka re-imposing himself, might find their fast breaks slowed a little in the Mile High City which might edge the total points below the line of 207.5. Yet with the Nuggets looking vulnerable, Oklahoma City have the momentum to deliver the win at 1.68.
Golden State Warriors – New Orleans Pelicans (BET and STREAM LIVE on Unibet TV from 03.35 GMT)
The Golden State Warriors have been a huge disappointment so far, and even more so since Andre Iguodala went down injured. In his absence, his team have gone 5-7 and they’ve been immensely turnover prone with the blame pointed at Stephen Curry.
They should get some relief when they host the New Orleans Pelicans, who will badly miss Tyreke Evans. But the visitors are still worth a look at a generous handicap of +7.5 at 1.98.
Best bet: Go below the total points line of 207.5 in Denver-Oklahoma City at 1.90.
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