In this high caliber Western battle between the second and seventh best teams of the conference, the 7th San Antonio Spurs (35-29), looking to extend their current small winning streak, are hosting the 2nd Denver Nuggets (42-20), who on the other hand want to end a small losing streak of their own.
Date/Time: 03-04-2019, 20:30 EDT
Spread: San Antonio Spurs -1
San Antonio Spurs have a 35-29 record (34-29-1 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Clippers in the 7th place of the West. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against the Thunder with a 116-102 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by DeMar DeRozan with 21.5 ppg, adding 6.2 boards and a team high 6.1 dimes per game. He is followed by LaMarcus Aldridge with 20.9 ppg and a team high 8.9 boards per game.
Denver Nuggets have a 42-20 record (33-29 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the West. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost at home against the Pelicans with a 112-120 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by by Nikola Jokic with 20.6 ppg, adding team highs both in dimes made with 7.7 and in boards grabbed with 10.7 per game. He is followed by Jamal Murray with 18.2 ppg, 4.2 boards and 4.9 dimes per game.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season each team won once at home (Spurs by 8 points and Nuggets by 3). Spurs have a 24-7 home record, while the Nuggets are 15-14 on the road. Both teams are almost equal offensively, scoring 112.2 and 112 ppg, while Nuggets are better defensively, allowing 107.2 ppg to Spurs’ 111.2. Spurs have better percentages both in field goals (47.7% to 46.9%) and in 3-pointers (40.2% to 35.4%). Nuggets on the other hand are better in boards grabbed (46.9 to 44.5) and in dimes made (27.6 to 24.3), while Spurs are better in turnovers committed (12.1 to 13.1). Spurs are playing a bit better lately and Vegas odds give them a -1 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Denver Nuggets vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction: San Antonio Spurs -1 (-110)
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