NBA Playoffs Betting Preview: Denver Nuggets vs. San Antonio Spurs – Saturday, April 20, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: AT&T Center at San Antonio, Texas
When: Saturday April 20th at 5:30 PM ET
Spread: San Antonio -3.5
BookMaker has the San Antonio Spurs favored by 3.5 points over the Denver Nuggets. The San Antonio Spurs enter this game with a record of 50-35 and have won four of their last five games including games one and three in this series.
The Denver Nuggets enter this game with a record of 55-30 and have lost three of their last five games and find themselves down 1-2 in the series. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Denver Nuggets.
The Nuggets are 55-30 overall and 43-42 ATS. The Denver Nuggets are the 2 seed in the Western Conference, but haven’t looked good in this series and could go down 1-3 in the series if they lose this game. Denver is 43-42 ATS overall, 13-16 ATS after a loss, 17-25 ATS on the road and 12-13 ATS as an underdog.
Gary Harris leads the team in scoring with 55 points. Nikola Jokic leads the team in assists and rebounds with 29 assists and 35 rebounds. Jamal Murray leads the team in steals with 7. Will Barton leads the team in blocks with 3. Denver is averaging 110.51 points per game which ranks 20th in the NBA.
They are averaging 11.81 offensive rebounds per game which ranks 2nd in the NBA. They are averaging 27.4 assists per game which ranks 2nd in the NBA.
The Nuggets are allowing 106.77 points per game which ranks 5th in the NBA. They are averaging 34.41 defensive rebounds per game which ranks 18th in the NBA. They are averaging 7.64 steals per game which ranks 14th in the NBA.
San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs are 50-35 overall and 45-39-1 ATS. The San Antonio Spurs will go up 3-1 in the series with a win and would likely advance to the second round of the playoffs and have a decent chance in the next round as well. San Antonio is 45-39-1 ATS overall, 25-24 ATS after a win, 25-17 ATS at home and 25-24 ATS as a favorite.
DeMar DeRozan leads the team in scoring, assists and steals with 74 points, 13 assists and 5 steals. LaMarcus Aldridge leads the team in rebounds with 27. Jakob Poeltl leads the team in blocks with 3.
San Antonio is averaging 111.53 points per game which ranks 17th in the NBA. They are averaging 9.31 offensive rebounds per game which ranks 25th in the NBA. They are averaging 24.44 assists per game which ranks 16th in the NBA. The Spurs are allowing 109.84 points per game which ranks 12th in the NBA. They are averaging 35.48 defensive rebounds per game which ranks 10th in the NBA.
They are averaging 6.08 steals per game which ranks last in the NBA.
The Spurs get the win and cover
The San Antonio Spurs have outplayed the Nuggets for the majority of the series and have a chance of knocking off the 2 seed in the Western Conference. Both teams are 5-5 ATS in the last ten match-ups with the Nuggets outscoring the Spurs by an average of 108.2 to 105.7 in those games.
The Spurs are 2-1 ATS in their last three meetings with the Nuggets while outscoring Denver by an average of 108 to 106 in those contests. I look for the Spurs to get the win and cover against the Nuggets to take a 3-1 lead in the series on Saturday. Make sure to bet this match-up on BookMaker.