After the two fantastic finishes in the big NBA games on Monday evening, NBA fans are left with only two games to watch tonight. It’s a slow night for basketball, but what’s in store should prove to be more than enough. The 6-6 Oklahoma City Thunder travel to Denver to take on the 6-7 Nuggets, while the 5-7 New Orleans Pelicans will be in Salt Lake City to try and get past the 9-4 Utah Jazz.
NBA Tuesday Follows Massive Monday
This follows the exciting action of Tuesday night’s games, when the Brooklyn Nets, now bolstered with James Harden and Kevin Durant, narrowly defeated the 9-5 Milwaukee Bucks by a final score of 125-123 in a game that was close and competitive from start to finish. Brooklyn’s new ‘dynamic duo’ of Harden and Durant accounted for 64-points with 18 assists and 15 rebounds. While the Buck’s own trio of super stars, Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and Giannis Antetokounmpo combined for a dazzling 81 points. This was a great game between two of the best teams in the NBA.
Meanwhile, the Warriors’ Stephen Curry came up with the shot of the day over the LA Lakers’ Anthony Davis to sink a 3-point dagger that proved to be the winning basket for Golden State 115-113 to top off an amazing 34-point fourth quarter performance by the Warriors squad and defeat their rival Laker squad.
Coming on the heels of such an exciting evening of NBA action, the two-game lineup tonight may seem a bit lackluster. But there is plenty of action still to come. The Thunder (+350), after a last minute postponement of their game with against Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday evening, should be well-rested and ready to take on the Nuggets (-455) at Ball Arena in Denver, with the Over/Under set at 220.5 for the game.
Nuggets Host The Thunder
Even though the Nuggets are listed as 9.5-point favorites for the contest, the Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who has been averaging 25.2 points over the past five games, might just have something to say about that. He had a spectacular 33-point night against the Bulls last Friday that led to a big comeback win for Oklahoma City over Chicago. On the other hand, the Denver Nuggets are coming off a hard home court loss to the Utah Jazz by a final score of 109-105. Only the play of star shooter Nikola Jokic showed up as outstanding against the Jazz as Denver continues to be one of the more unpredictable teams in the league.
But the amazing 7′ Jokic continues to bring joy to Nuggets fans as he is averaging a triple-double in every game, which is almost unheard of in this day and time. He has five triple-doubles and eight double-doubles so far this season. However, Jokic could stand a bit more support from the rest of his team.
Pels Off To Utah
The other big game tonight will take place at Vivant Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah when the 5-7 Pelicans (+190) roll into town to take on the 9-4 Jazz (-220) as 6-point underdogs in a game where the Over/Under is set at 217.5.
The big matchups to watch will be between the Pelicans’ Brandon Ingram, who is averaging 23.3 points per game, along with big Zion Williamson, averaging 22.6 points per game. They face Jazz stars Donovan Mitchell, averaging 23.2 points per game, and Jordan Clarkson, who is averaging 17.5 points per game, but who put up a cool 23 points to beat the Nuggets in their last meeting.
New Orleans has had a disappointing season so far this year, but the Pels are loaded with talent and just waiting to finish near the top of their division in time for the NBA Playoffs.