The San Antonio Spurs and the Denver Nuggets duke it out once again at the Ball Arena on Friday night.
The San Antonio Spurs have been in a funk as they’ve lost nine of their past 11 games and they will be hoping to put an end to a four-game slide after falling short against the Nuggets in a 106-96 road loss on Wednesday. Derrick White and Dejounte Murray each scored 18 points, DeMar DeRozan added 14 points with four assists while Patty Mills chipped in with 12 points off the bench. As a team, the Spurs shot just 41 percent from the field and six of 24 from the 3-point line as they were always fighting an uphill battle after scoring just 18 points in the second quarter. Rudy Gay had a night to forget as he finished with just four points on two of 10 shooting while Keldon Johnson scored just eight points.
Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets have been on a tear lately as they’ve won 11 of their past 13 games and they will be looking to build on their current seven-game win streak after taking down the Spurs on Wednesday. Nikola Jokic led the team with 25 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists, Michael Porter Jr. added 18 points with 10 rebounds while Will Barton chipped in with 14 points and five assists on three of 13 shooting. As a team, the Nuggets shot 44 percent from the field and eight of 26 from the 3-point line as they took control in the second quarter, before pulling away in the fourth quarter despite getting next to no production from their second unit.
Looking at the betting trends, the Spurs are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall. The Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games, 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a win and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings overall and the Spurs are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Denver.
The Spurs just haven’t been able to build any momentum lately as they’ve lost nine of their last 11 and their confidence took a hit in their loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday, but it’s always tough to beat the same team twice in a row, so the Nuggets will have to be ready for a close contest. I might be tempted to take the Spurs if we were getting more points, but even though Jamal Murray is listed as questionable for this one, I’m still going with the Nuggets.