February 19, 2012 – By Scott
The Nuggets (17-14) in their last game on Friday against Memphis, rallied from a 23 points down against the Grizzlies only to lose on a last second tip-in 103-102.
Now on Sunday night in NBA action, Denver will look to get back on track but might find this tough as they play at the Oklahoma City Thunder at 8:00 pm ET on ESPN.
The Thunder (23-7) possess the best record in the Western Conference but could be without a few key players in the game Sunday night. Russell Westbrook left Friday’s win over the Golden State in the third quarter with a sprained right ankle and his status is uncertain. This could be huge as he leads the team in assists and steals, as well as averaging 22.6 points per game.
In addition, Kendrick Perkins might miss his second straight game with a knee contusion. Also, starter Thabo Sefolosha will be out for his 12th game in a row with foot issues.
Still, the Thunder have one of the most dominating players in the league in Kevin Durant. Durant is getting 26.8 points per game for a Thunder team that is 3rd in the NBA in scoring with 101.6 points per game.
Denver enters the game averaging 103.4 points per game which is 2nd in the league. But they are without leading scorer Danillo Gallinari who is nursing an ankle injury and is out for a month.
The problem for Denver has been on the defensive end. The Nuggets are allowing 100.1 points per game which is 26th in the NBA.
NBA Basketball Betting Lines have tagged Oklahoma City as 8-point home favorites over Denver on Sunday night. The OVER/UNDER in points is set at 211.