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Starts: Sat. Apr 13th @ 10:30 pm EST

Consensus Picks

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Displays which side the public is betting
SA
15%
Picks
85%
DEN
+6
85%
ATS
15%
-6
U
50%
211.5
50%
O

SBD Predicted Score

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A statistically-based calculation predicting how many points each team will score
108.6 - 110.2

Current Spurs vs Nuggets Odds

Odds History
Moneyline Spread Total
+190 2.90 19/10 0.34 +6 -115 1.87 20/23 0.53 O 211.0 -110 1.91 10/11 0.52
-230 1.43 10/23 0.70 -6 -105 1.95 20/21 0.51 U 211.0 -110 1.91 10/11 0.52
Moneyline Spread Total
+210 3.10 21/10 0.32 +5.5 -110 1.91 10/11 0.52 O 210.5 -110 1.91 10/11 0.52
-250 1.40 2/5 0.71 -5.5 -110 1.91 10/11 0.52 U 210.5 -110 1.91 10/11 0.52
Moneyline Spread Total
+210 3.10 21/10 0.32 +5.5 -110 1.91 10/11 0.52 O 210.5 -110 1.91 10/11 0.52
-250 1.40 2/5 0.71 -5.5 -110 1.91 10/11 0.52 U 210.5 -110 1.91 10/11 0.52
Moneyline Spread Total
+210 3.10 21/10 0.32 +5.5 -109 1.92 100/109 0.52 O 210.5 -109 1.92 100/109 0.52
-250 1.40 2/5 0.71 -5.5 -109 1.92 100/109 0.52 U 210.5 -109 1.92 100/109 0.52

Matchup Overview

Gregg Popovich will lead the Spurs into the NBA Playoffs for the 22nd consecutive year on Saturday, April 13th when San Antonio travels to Denver to take on the Nuggets at Pepsi Center. Game time for this eagerly anticipated Western Conference showdown is 10:30 p.m. EST.

Spurs Have a Long Playoff History

Although Popovich and the playoffs have been synonymous over the past two decades, San Antonio barely qualified for the postseason in 2019. The Spurs finished with just the seventh best record in the West and nearly fell out of contention in early February when they uncharacteristically lost seven of eight.

San Antonio comes into this series having won three games in a row. They’ll be hopeful that momentum will carry over into Game 1.

Nuggets Have Been on a Mile High All Season

The playoffs were never in doubt for the Nuggets, who won 54 games in 2018-19 and were in first place in the Western Conference until the final week of the season.

Denver was particularly dominant at home, where they took full advantage of the city’s mile high altitude to win an NBA-best 34 games.

Spurs and Nuggets Have Top 10 Offenses

The Spurs and Nuggets generated plenty of excitement – and plenty of points – during the regular season with their high octane offenses. Denver generated 110.7 points on 46.6% shooting from the floor and 35.1% from deep. They ranked eighth in rebounds and second in assists.

The Nuggets were paced this season by first-time All-Star Nikola Jokic, who is averaged 20.1 points per game on 47.0% shooting.

The Spurs filled up the score sheet as well in 2018-19. San Antonio averaged 111.7 points on 47.8% shooting from the floor and 39.2% from deep. They ranked 21st in rebounds and 16th in assists.

The Spurs owe many of their wins this season to seven-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge, who is scoring 21.3 points per contest. His midrange game may be a throwback in today’s pace and space NBA, but it continues to wear down opposing defenses on a nightly basis.

San Antonio Spurs vs Denver Nuggets Statistical Comparison

OFFENSE

Spurs
VS
Nuggets

112.2 (6th) Offensive Rating 112.1 (7th)
111.7 (18th) Points 110.7 (20th)
24.5 (16th) Assists 27.4 (2nd)
47.8 (2nd) Field-Goal Percentage 46.6 (13th)
39.2 (2nd) Three-Point Percentage 35.1 (17th)
+1.7 (12th) Plus/Minus +4.0 (8th)

DEFENSE

Spurs
VS
Nuggets

110.5 (20th) Defensive Rating 108.0 (10th)
110.0 (12th) Points 106.7 (6th)
46.3 (18th) Field-Goal Percentage 45.8 (15th)
35.9 (18th) Three-Point Percentage 33.9 (1st)
46.6 (6th) Points In The Paint 48.9 (15th)

Defense has traditionally been the hallmark of Popovich’s Spurs squads, but not this season as San Antonio finished 20th in defensive efficiency. The Spurs allowed opponents to shoot 46.3% from the floor and 35.9% from beyond the arc. Those numbers will have to improve for them to have any chance of advancing to the second round.

Defense has traditionally been the hallmark of Popovich’s Spurs squads, but not this season as San Antonio finished 20th in defensive efficiency

The Nuggets, on the other hand, finished 10th in defensive efficiency and held opponents to just 33.9% shooting from deep. They’re young, athletic, and capable of coming at you in waves.

Spurs and Nuggets Have Split Season Series

The Spurs and Nuggets have tangled four times this season, with each team winning twice. The last time they clashed on Wednesday, April 3rd, Denver crushed the Spurs 113-85 behind a breezy 20 points from Jokic.

Bookmakers are anticipating a lot of offense, as they’ve set the game total at a healthy 212, with the Nuggets opening as 5.5-point favorites. San Antonio was 43-37-2 against the spread this year and 44-38-0 over/under, compared to 42-40-0 ATS and 35-47-0 over/under for Denver.

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