The Nuggets (43-23) turned the ball over 19 times against the Miami Heat in a 125-105 loss. The Thunder (41-24) whooped up on the Utah Jazz as they took over the 5th seed in the West. They also sit just 1 ½ game behind Denver.
Here’s what fans should be on the lookout for:
It looks like OKC will be without Terrance Ferguson and Dennis Schröder today, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.
Billy Donovan says Terrance Ferguson is out vs. DEN (leg contusion) and Dennis Schröder is away from the team for family reasons. “It happened this morning,” Donovan said of Schröder. “At least this game, he’ll be out.” He added that Schröder was expected to leave at some point— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) August 3, 2020
Nikola Jokic has OKC’s number.
The Serbian big man has averaged 30 points, 10.5 rebounds, and eight assists per game on 79.3 percent shooting from the field (including 50 percent from beyond the arc) against Oklahoma City in two games this season, which each team won a game.
In their game back on Dec. 14, Jokic scored 28 points, had 14 rebounds and 12 assists and was 11-14 and nailed three 3-pointers.
In Feb., the two-time All-Star scored 32 points, had seven rebounds, and five assists, but the Thunder were able to put away the win with Chris Paul scoring 29 points.
Steven Adams will have to stop Jokic, but with three Nuggets stars being questionable, Jokic will more than likely trying to carry Denver to a victory, which I don’t see them doing.
The one downfall for Denver will possibly be playing without Gary Harris, Will Barton, and Jamal Murray, who also didn’t play against the Heat.
The Thunder look mighty good and are playing fantastic basketball. It’ll be fun to see them dominate again in the Bubble.
Monday’s game tips off at 3 p.m. CT and will air on Fox Sports Oklahoma and NBA TV.