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The San Antonio Spurs are hoping to even up the series on their home floor in Game 6 against the Denver Nuggets.
Nuggets hoping to close out the series
It has been nothing short of a back-and-forth series between both sides, but the Nuggets have appeared to have found some sort of momentum after winning the last two straight games. This has been fueled by their balanced offensive attack that has simply been too much for the Spurs to handle in the last couple of games. This has been anchored by All-Star big man Nikola Jokic, who has been an all-around factor on the floor through the first five contests of the series as he’s averaging a near triple-double with 19.6 points, 11.6 assists, and 9.0 rebounds per game while shooting 47.5 percent from the floor and 40.0 percent from beyond the arc. This has seen him post four double-doubles including one triple-double over that span while scoring more than 20 points three times. Jokic was a major impact player in Game 5 as he nearly posted a triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists in the win on Tuesday night.
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) April 24, 2019
At that same notion, guard Jamal Murray has continued to find his own on the floor offensively being a strong complementary factor alongside Jokic holding his own with his play as he’s averaging 18.8 points on 46.1 percent shooting from the floor and 39.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Murray has been a huge reason for the Nuggets being able to hold an edge in the series heading into Thursday’s contest as he has notched more than 20 points in each of the last two games and three times overall that have all come in their wins against the Spurs. If Denver hopes to pull out the win on the road to close out the series, this will need both Jokic and Murray to put forth strong offensive efforts to finally move to the second round of the playoffs. If not, there could certainly be an all-or-nothing Game 7 lined up for Friday night on their home floor.
Spurs hoping to extend push it to Game 7
The first-round playoff series against the Nuggets has been quite a tough and physical battle between both sides through the first five games played. This has seen Denver holds the edge up through this point heading in Thursday’s contest, but San Antonio has pushed forward to make it hard-fought series with the chance to be the first series and possibly only first-round playoff series to reach seven games. The Spurs are coming off a disappointing offensive showing in Game 5, but they have shown to have a balanced offensive attack that has been able to hold their own against the young and talented Nuggets core group. Former All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan has headed their charge on that end of the floor as he’s averaging 22.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 3.8 assists while 47.1 percent shooting from the field. DeRozan has scored more than 15 points in each game while topping 20 points twice in the first five games of the series.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 24, 2019
Meanwhile, All-Star big man LaMarcus Aldridge has made a notable imprint on their offensive play averaging 19.6 points and 9.2 rebounds while shooting 44.8 percent shooting from the field. This includes him notching at least 15 points in each game while scoring more than 20 points twice and posting a pair of double-doubles. The steady play of both DeRozan and Aldridge has given the Spurs dependable offensive scoring that has been able to combat the Nuggets’ young talent for the most part. Guard Derrick White has also been a factor as he’s averaging 17.8 points on 60.7 percent shooting from the field that has seen him record double-digit scoring in four out of the first five games of the series. This includes him posting a career-high 36 points in the Game 3 win. The Spurs may be coming off a discouraging outing on Tuesday night, there is an opportunity in front of them to send it to an all-or-nothing Game 7 that will be more than enough motivation for them to even up things on their home floor.
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- Nuggets are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games playing on one day’s rest.
- Nuggets are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 Conference Quarterfinals games.
- Nuggets are 0-5 ATS in their last five Thursday games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Nuggets appear to have found a bit of their footing the series with back-to-back wins, but the Spurs have been quite a stout team on their home floor. With a chance to send it to an all-or-nothing Game 7, all of that just seems to be inevitable. It should be noted that the favorite is 13-6 ATS in the last 19 meetings between both squads.
Prediction: San Antonio -2.5
Full-Game Total Pick
Although these two teams are more than capable of filling up the score column, it has been more of a defensive battle. On top of that, it hasn’t seen either team truly put together an impressive outing. The under is also 24-11 in the last 35 meetings in San Antonio between both teams.
Prediction: Under 208.5