In a pivotal Western Conference showdown, the Denver Nuggets are set to battle the Oklahoma City Thunder in their final regular-season encounter on January 31st. This highly anticipated matchup, crucial for playoff positioning, finds the Thunder leading their season series 2-1 against the Nuggets.
Nuggets' Impressive Streak
Denver, currently boasting a 33-15 record, enters this game with considerable momentum following consecutive victories over Eastern Conference giants, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Both wins, secured at home, were by narrow six-point margins, with scores of 111-105 and 113-107 respectively. Star player Nikola Jokic's recent performance against the Bucks was particularly noteworthy, as he notched a triple-double with 25 points, 12 assists, and 16 rebounds.
Jamal Murray also shined, scoring 35 points with a remarkable 59.1% shooting accuracy. The Nuggets, riding this wave of success, aim to level their season series with the Thunder, who hold a similar 32-15 record but have faced recent setbacks.
The Thunder suffered a surprising loss to the league's bottom-dwelling Detroit Pistons (120-104) and narrowly fell to the Western-leading Minnesota Timberwolves (107-101). Despite the loss, Thunder's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander impressed with a 37-point haul, continuing his string of high-scoring games.
Injury reports add a layer of uncertainty to the upcoming Denver-OKC clash. The Nuggets list Vlatko Cancar (recovering from knee surgery) and Julian Strawther (right knee sprain) as out, with key player Nikola Jokic questionable due to lower back pain.
The Thunder's injury concerns include Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (illness), Luguentz Dort (left ankle soreness), and Chet Holmgren (left ankle sprain) as questionable, while Isaiah Joe (bruised sternum) and Jalen Williams (sprained right ankle) have been ruled out.
This Denver Nuggets vs OKC Thunder game, a potential determinant for playoff seeding, promises high stakes and intense competition. Fans can catch the action live or on-demand through an NBA League Pass subscription, a must-watch for followers of top-tier basketball.