NBA betting: Nuggets continue to soar over totals

Feb 28, 2013 |
NBA betting: Nuggets continue to soar over totals
The Nuggets' leading scorer Danilo Gallinari (thigh) will suit up Friday vs. OKC.
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The Nuggets' leading scorer Danilo Gallinari (thigh) will suit up Friday vs. OKC.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
No team has taken advantage of the All-Star break more than the Denver Nuggets.

The Nuggets have used the extra rest to fuel their offense and play over the total in four of five (4-1 SU) since the break, picking up right where they left off as an awesome over play for bettors. Oddsmakers continue to set the bar higher and higher for this team as the season progresses, but the Nugs seem to continually rise to the occasion.

Denver boasts a 37-22 O/U mark heading into action Friday against Oklahoma City and is 20-4 O/U in its last 24 contests. The Nuggets are averaging 105.5 points per game (3rd) and allowing 101.8 points (26th) – the perfect storm for an over play.

Denver has pumped up its offensive output even more over its last five games, putting up an average of 110.6 points. Oddsmakers have failed in their attempts to counter the scoring frenzy, despite setting an average total of 209.5 for those contests.

Danilo Gallinari, who has missed the last two games with a thigh injury, leads a well-balanced Nuggets attack that features six players that average double digits in scoring on a nightly basis.

Denver has also been pounding the glass, hauling in an average of 45 rebounds per night (2nd) and a league-best 13.5 offensive boards. The second-chance opportunities are a major reason why the Nuggets continue to soar over 100 points with ease.

Denver plays four of its next five games at Pepsi Center against over-friendly opposition. Those opponents (Thunder, Hawks, Kings, Clippers, T-Wolves) have a combined 151-129-5 O/U mark.

Oddsmakers have sent out a suggested total of 220 for Friday's contest, which would be the highest number both teams have seen this season.

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