Playoff NBA Picks: Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Game 5 Preview
The Denver Nuggets were able to stave off elimination in Game 4 of NBA betting action in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, but on Wednesday night, they have an incredible uphill battle to fight going against the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road.
The Nuggs really did come up with a great game on Monday night, winning 104-101 in the face of adversity in spite of the fact that they really could have just packed it in and called it a series after falling behind 3-0. However, Head Coach George Karl and company just continue to fight every single night, and it is all paying off with survival, at least for now. Ty Lawson arguably had the best game of his career on Monday, and at a great time for his team. The former North Carolina Tar Heels guard poured in 27 points and had three boards and three assists to lead the way for the team. Kenyon Martin and Nene both came up just shy of double-doubles, while JR Smith and Raymond Felt led the way off of the bench with a combined 26 points. Still, Denver only shot the ball 38.6 percent from the field, a number which just isn’t getting it done in this series. If the Nuggets don’t hit at least 44 or so percent of their shots, they just don’t have a chance against Oklahoma City.
We said at the outset of this series that the team that decided to play defense was going to be the one that advances into the second round of the playoffs. Little did we know that the Thunder were going to play this well on this side of the ball. Especially with the San Antonio Spurs on the ropes right now, Oklahoma City really does have an opportunity of a lifetime here, perhaps having to just go through one of the three of the Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks to get to the NBA Finals. There really can’t be any complaints about the way that the team played in Game 4, especially knowing that the defense, at least from a shooting percentage standpoint, really did play a great game. Offensively, it was the Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant show, as both players logged at least 30 points in the game. Serge Ibaka had 13 points and 14 boards as well, as he once again truly dominated on the inside with Kendrick Perkins and James Harden off of the bench.
Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Pick: This series is over. It was fun while it lasted for the Nuggets, but they just don’t have the horses to be able to stick around with Oklahoma City, especially on the road. Unless all of a sudden, the shooting percentages start to come up for the Nuggs, they’re dead in the water. Go with the Thunder -6.5 on Wednesday night.
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