Denver Nuggets vs Oklahoma City Thunder Game Prediction and Preview – October 14, 2021
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The Denver Nuggets will face the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 2021-22 NBA preseason game at the BOK Center on Thursday. The Nuggets are coming off a 108-99 loss to the Thunder in their last outing. Meanwhile, for the Oklahoma City Thunder, it was their first victory of the preseason.
Accessory – Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder | NBA Preseason 2021-22.
Date and Time – Thursday October 14, 2021; 8:00 PM ET (Friday, October 15, 2021; 5:30 AM IST).
Campus – BOK Center, Tulsa, OK.
Denver Nuggets preview
The Denver Nuggets appear to be completely out of shape in the preseason. Their loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in their last game means the Nuggets have lost four straight preseason games. So the Nuggets have several questions to answer heading into their second preseason game against the Thunder.
While the absence of Jamal Murray has greatly affected the Denver Nuggets, the team still has players like Nikola Jokic, Michael Porter Jr. and Aaron Gordon among its ranks.
Gordon is the only Nuggets player of the three mentioned above to have played all of his preseason games thus far. But he had a disappointing performance against the Thunder. Jokic and Porter Jr. had decent numbers, but the rest of the team didn’t follow suit.
Na’Shon Hyland continues to emerge as a bright prospect for the Denver Nuggets. But the team currently doesn’t look like a title contender yet.
Key Player – Nikola Jokic
Regardless of how the Denver Nuggets have fared this preseason, Nikola Jokic will always be their key player if available. His offense hinges on the passing of the big man, who is one of the most versatile superstars in the league.
In Wednesday’s game against the Thunder, Jokic had 22 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. If the Nuggets want to secure their first victory of the preseason, Jokic will have to do a better job of engaging the rest of his team.
The leadership and overall contributions of the Nuggets superstar and current league MVP could determine how effective the rest of the team would be heading into this game.
Denver Nuggets expected lineup
GRAM – Monte Morris | GRAM – Will Barton | F – Michael Porter Jr. | F – Aaron Gordon | C – Nikola Jokic.
Oklahoma City Thunder preview
The Oklahoma City Thunder are coming off their first victory in the 2021-22 NBA preseason. They will be looking to build on this momentum to secure back-to-back victories against the Denver Nuggets.
The Thunder have one of the youngest rosters in the NBA heading into this season. With a string of draft picks lined up through the 2027 NBA Draft, the Thunder appear to be in rebuilding mode around their young star, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
The Thunder have made some questionable management decisions regarding trade. But the current team has some talented players in the mix. However, it seems unlikely that the OKC Thunder will make noise in the Western Conference this season.
Key Player: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Although Josh Giddey was a great pick for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2021 NBA Draft, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander remains the main star of the franchise. After an injury last season, Gilgeous-Alexander is taking time to get back to his rhythm.
Gilgeous-Alexander has played in all of the Thunder’s preseason games thus far, but he has yet to show anything close to an outstanding performance. So this game against the Nuggets could be your chance to show off your skills.
After receiving his maximum rookie extension this year, Gilgeous-Alexander has become the face of the Oklahoma City Thunder franchise. The young player could be an important element in the game against the Nuggets on Thursday.
Oklahoma City Thunder expected lineup
GRAM – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander | GRAM – Josh Giddey | F – Darius Bazley | F – Luguentz Dort | C – Derrick favors.
Nuggets vs Thunder match prediction
The Denver Nuggets should have won their last game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but they came up short. But failing to do so raises questions about the balance and makeup of his team heading into the regular season.
However, considering the star power at his disposal, it would be difficult to bet against him. While the Thunder may sneak one out from under the Nuggets again, the Nuggets are more likely to turn things around this time.
Where to see Nuggets vs Thunder?
The Denver Nuggets vs Oklahoma City Thunder game will have local coverage on the Thunder app and on the Oklahoma City Thunder website. The game will also be available with an NBA League Pass subscription. Fans can also tune in to the preseason game on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM OKC.
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