Denver Nuggets (21-10) at San Antonio Spurs (18-16)
NBA Regular Season, Wednesday, 26 of December, 2018 at AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX at 8:30 PM ET.
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -3 — Over/Under: 214
Free NBA Pick: Denver Nuggets vs San Antonio Spurs.
The two teams have faced each other 183 times in the regular season, of which the Spurs have had 116 games going their way, while, the Nuggets have won only 67 matches.
Denver Nuggets: The Nuggets have been hot in their recent run with 11 wins of their last 14 matches.The Nuggets are 18th in the league in scoring offense with an average of 110 points per game, while, they are poised 3rd in scoring defense as they allow 104.3 points per contest. Paul Millsap puts up 13.6 points plus seven rebounds a game in his second season with Denver. Will Barton contributes 16.5 points a night while Nikola Jokic kicks in a team-leading 18.2 points, 10 rebounds and 7.3 assists a game.
The Nuggets will be coming into this match with their 4 game game winning streak broken against the Clippers, 111 to 132. The Clipper dominated the game as the Nuggets struggled to take lead at any point in any of the 4 quarters. The Nuggets managed to score only 42.3% of the field goals, and earned 29% of the 3 Points. Jokic led the Nuggets with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists, he received able support from Murray with 18 points, 3 Rebounds and 2 assists.
Barton is out until early January after having surgery for a right hip injury and a core strain. In addition, Isaiah Thomas is out until early January as he recovers from hip surgery. Millsap is out until late January with a broken big toe while Harris is missing until early January with a hip strain.
San Antonio Spurs: The Spurs too have been going through a purple patch with 7 wins from 9 matches. The Spurs are average offensively this season, ranking 14th in scoring offense with 111.3 points per game and are 12th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 109.5 points a game. LaMarcus Aldridge contributes 18.6 points and 9.3 rebounds a night. DeMar DeRozan puts up a team-leading 23.1 points and 6.3 assists per game in his first season in San Antonio.
Like the Nuggets, the Spurs too will be coming into the match with three game winning streak broken, to the Houston Rockets, 101 to 108. The Spurs scored 47.7% of the field goals, which was much more than the victors’ 38.9% and they also scored 41.7% of the 3 Points, which again is much more than what the Rockets managed to score. DeRozan led the team with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Aldridge scored 18 points, 6 rebounds.
Dejounte Murray (torn ACL, out for the season), Gasol (sore foot, out indefinitely) and rookie Lonnie Walker IV (torn right meniscus) are out of the lineup: Gasol is out indefinitely while Walker IV is expected back in early January.
Cover The Spread Betting Trends:
Denver is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games.
Denver is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Denver’s last 6 games on the road.
Denver is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing San Antonio.
Denver is 3-15 SU in its last 18 games when playing San Antonio.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Denver’s last 8 games when playing San Antonio.
Denver is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against San Antonio.
Denver is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against San Antonio.
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Denver’s last 25 games when playing on the road against San Antonio.
San Antonio Spurs:
San Antonio is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games.
San Antonio is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of San Antonio’s last 8 games.
San Antonio is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games at home.
San Antonio is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Antonio’s last 6 games at home.
San Antonio is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Denver.
San Antonio is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games when playing Denver.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of San Antonio’s last 8 games when playing Denver.
San Antonio is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Denver.
San Antonio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Denver.
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of San Antonio’s last 25 games when playing at home against Denver.
Free NBA Pick: San Antonio Spurs vs Denver Nuggets.
Both the teams have been doing well, with the Spurs having turned a corner. However, their last loss was their worst of the season and that might just dampen their spirits a little. Last season, the teams split four games, with the Nuggets taking the final two, including a 122-119 home win in the last match up on February 23.
Free NBA Pick: San Antonio Spurs -3