Denver Nuggets (21-20 SU, 19-20-2 ATS, 18-23 O/U) at San Antonio Spurs (28-15 SU, 22-19-2 ATS, 18-25 O/U)
Denver faces San Antonio for the first time this season. The Nuggets played a Friday night game against Memphis, while the Spurs last played on Thursday, when they lost at the Los Angeles Lakers, 93-81. The Spurs have won three straight against the Spurs, which were all last season.
Nuggets are fading
Denver has some talented players but they lack a superstar to get to the next level. Paul Millsap is out with a wrist injury and he’s been to an All-Star game but wouldn’t be considered a star. Shooting guard Gary Harris appears to be close to becoming a star, if not a very good player. Harris is averaging 16.9 points per game on 49.8 percent shooting (38.8% 3pt). In the last five games, he’s averaging 22.6 points per game. He led the Nuggets with 25 points in their loss to Atlanta on 11-of-14 shooting. Will Barton added 15 points off the bench for the Nuggets. Defense was not a priority for the Nuggets as they allowed the Hawks to shoot 50 percent from the field and 12-of-27 from beyond the arc.
On the season, Denver is shooting 46.4 percent from the field and 36.3 percent from beyond the arc. They are averaging 107.3 points per game and allowed 106.1 points. They allow 47.4 percent shooting on 37.1 percent from 3-point range.
Spurs need Leonard
While the Nuggets lack a star, San Antonio has several current and past stars. Their current star is Kawhi Leonard, who has been hampered by injuries this season. The latest is a shoulder injury that has cost him three games. He was with an elbow on Jan. 5 by one of the Phoenix Suns’ big men. Leonard has played in just eight games this season, averaging 15.9 points and 4.3 rebounds. Last season, he was an MVP-candidate with 25.5 points per game. In their loss to the Lakers, LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs wit h20 points but shot just 6-of-15 from the field. The Spurs shot 40.8 percent from the field and 8-of-20 from beyond the arc. The Spurs couldn’t slow down Brandon Ingram, who scored 26 points, while rookie Lonzo Ball added 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Lakers.
On the season, San Antonio is averaging 101.2 points per game and allowing just 98.3 points. They are shooting 45.8 percent from the field and 36.5 percent from beyond the arc. They are allowing 45.1 percent from the field and 35 percent from beyond the arc.
- 1-5 ATS last 6 in this series.
San Antonio is:
- 4-0 ATS last 4 home games.
- 12-3-1 ATS last 17 playing on 1 days rest.
It’s tough to go against the Spurs after a loss and one day off. They are 4-1 ATS the last 5 at home in this series. An older team like the Spurs should be fresher after the day off against the Nuggets, who played the Grizzlies on Friday. Take the Spurs