Preview: Denver At Oklahoma City

When: 8:00 PM  ET, Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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DEN Edge in: OKC
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The regular-season finale is meaningless for Oklahoma City but it does pack importance for the Denver Nuggets when they visit the Thunder on Wednesday. Denver would like to halt a nine-game skid against Oklahoma City - including three losses this season - when it completes a campaign in which it posted the ninth-best record in the Western Conference.

The Nuggets had a chance at the postseason before red-hot Portland overtook them for the final Western Conference berth but a victory over the Thunder would allow them to reach 40 wins for the first time 2012-13. Denver was eliminated from the postseason race on Sunday when Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook buried a 36-foot, 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Thunder a 106-105 victory. Westbrook sat out for the first time all season during Tuesday's 100-98 road victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves and might also miss Wednesday's game with Oklahoma City set as the No. 6 seed in the West. Westbrook set the NBA record of 42 triple-doubles on Sunday and the former record-holder, Oscar Robertson (41 in 1961-62), is slated to be part of the festivities honoring Westbrook.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, Altitude (Denver), FSN Oklahoma

ABOUT THE NUGGETS (39-42): Shooting guard Gary Harris scored 20 points in Tuesday's 109-91 victory over the Dallas Mavericks to mark the third time in five games that he has scored 20 or more points. He struggled badly in Sunday's loss to the Thunder as he tallied just two points on 1-of-8 shooting. Denver held out forwards Danilo Gallinari (rest) and Kenneth Faried (back), swingman Will Barton (rest) and point guards Jameer Nelson (calf) and Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) against Dallas and most, if not all, of the group will also sit out the finale.

ABOUT THE THUNDER (47-34): Oklahoma City prevailed without Westbrook against the Timberwolves as shooting guard Victor Oladipo played the starring role with 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists as well as sinking the game-winning jumper with 6.3 seconds left. Rookie power forward Domantas Sabonis got extended time with Taj Gibson (rest) out of the lineup and contributed 19 points and nine rebounds in one of his top performances of the season. Thunder coach Billy Donovan said he will discuss the situation with Westbrook before making a decision on whether the star guard plays in the finale.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Nuggets lost their last eight visits to Oklahoma City, including a 121-106 setback on Jan. 7.

2. Denver rookie SG Jamal Murray is just 7-of-23 shooting over the past two games.

3. Oklahoma City SF Doug McDermott (knee) will miss his third consecutive contest.

PREDICTION: Nuggets 113, Thunder 109

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Denver 39-42 W1 22-19 17-23 2-2 37-40 5-10 23-28
Oklahoma City 47-34 W2 28-12 19-22 6-3 41-31 10-5 29-22

Last Meeting

Denver Oklahoma City
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/9/17 OKC 106 DEN 105 105 42 47.6 106 54 41.7

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
DEN D. Gallinari 34 60.0 6
OKC R. Westbrook 50 53.1 11
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
DEN W. Chandler 10 0 10
OKC R. Westbrook 16 2 14
Assists Player  
DEN G. Harris 5
OKC R. Westbrook 10
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
DEN N. Jokic 1265 57.1 190
OKC R. Westbrook 2620 42.6 724
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
DEN N. Jokic 751 223 528
OKC R. Westbrook 869 137 732
Assists Player  
DEN J. Nelson 406
OKC R. Westbrook 862

Quickchart Matchup

Denver  Off vs  Oklahoma City Def
111.7 Points For
105.8 Points Against
47.0 FG%
45.9 FG%
46.4 Reb
40.6 Reb
Oklahoma City Off vs  Denver Def
106.6 Points For
111.3 Points Against
45.2 FG%
47.7 FG%
40.6 Reb
40.7 Reb

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Denver Overall Oklahoma City
39-42 W/L 47-34
45-36-0 ATS 45-35-1
50-30-1 O/U 37-43-1
111.7 Pts For 106.6
111.3 Pts Against 105.8
Denver A/H Oklahoma City
17-23 W/L 28-12
23-17-0 ATS 26-13-1
26-14-0 O/U 21-19-0
109.5 Pts For 109.6
111.9 Pts Against 103.4
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