I’m back after a brief hiatus of not picking NBA games on this site. Tonight I like the San Antonio Spurs-Denver Nuggets match-up.
San Antonio Spurs (26-16) @ Denver Nuggets (18-23)
The San Antonio Spurs have won 3 in a row and 5 of their last 6 games. On Sunday they were victorious 89-69 at home versus the Jazz. They have held 8 of their last 10 opponents under 100 points. 3 of their last 4 wins have been by a margin of 14 or more points. Their last 6 losses have been by a margin of less than 10 points. They are 11-10 on the road this season. They have won 2 of their last 3 road games. They are 6-4 versus Northwest division opponents. They are 11th in the league in points per game with 101.8, 10th in the league in rebounds per game with 43.8 per game, 6th in the league in assists per game with 24.6 per game, and 7th in the league in points allowed with 97.6. Forward Kawhi Leonard leads the team in scoring with 15.3 points per game. Forward Tim Duncan leads the team in rebounding with 10.2 boards per game. Guard Manu Ginobili leads the team in assists with 4.9 per game. Tonight is the start of a brief 2 game road trip. Their next game is Thursday at Chicago. The Denver Nuggets have dropped 3 straight games. Last night they were crushed 122-79 at Golden State. Their last 2 opponents have scored 113 or more points. Prior to their current 3 game skid the team was victorious in 5 in a row. 6 of their last 8 wins have been by a margin of less than 10 points. They’ve scored 100 or more points in 9 of their last 12 games. They are 12-9 at home this season. They are 3-1 in their last 4 home games. They are 3-4 versus Southwest division opponents. They are 13th in the league in points per game with 101.7, 3rd in the league in rebounds per game with 45.8 per game, 15th in the league in assists per game with 21.1 per game, and 27th in the league in points allowed with 104.2. Guard Ty Lawson leads the team in scoring with 17 points per game and leads the team in assists with 10 per game. Forward Kenneth Faried leads the team in rebounding with 8.8 rebounds per game. Tonight is the beginning of a 3 game home stand. Tonight is also the 2nd game of a back to back. They are 2-6 in the 2nd game of a back to back so far this season. Their next game is Friday at home versus Boston.
In their first meeting this season San Antonio notched a 99-91 win at Denver. The Spurs have won the last 4 meetings versus the Nuggets. After tonight the 2 teams play 2 more times this season, March 6th at San Antonio and April 3rd at San Antonio.
Spurs vs Nuggets Prediction
With the return of Leonard the Spurs can start looking like the consistent and cohesive Spurs unit that we have all known for years now. The Nuggets are struggling right now and didn’t put up much of a fight in their last game versus the Warriors. The Spurs need to start winning road games like this one, against sub .500 teams. I really like the Spurs in this game. .
Take the Spurs -8 (Bet365)
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