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Denver Nuggets vs. San Antonio Spurs - 11/5/13

San Antonio Spurs (2-1) at Denver Nuggets (0-2)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)

The Line: Denver Nuggets +4-- Over/Under: 201.5 See the Latest Odds


The Denver Nuggets welcome the San Antonio Spurs to town on Tuesday night.

Head to head, the Spurs are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Denver while the road team is 15-4 ATS in the last 19 meetings and the underdog is 14-5 ATS in the last 19 meetings. The Nuggets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Spurs on the other hand are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss, but just 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 vs. NBA Northwest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.

Denver Nuggets vs. San Antonio Spurs - 11/5/13

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It’s been a tough start to the season for Brian Shaw and his Denver Nuggets. Although they have only dropped their two opening games, when you factor in their early exit from the playoffs last season and their dreadful offseason, where they lost their GM, head coach and best player, it’s easy to see why people would be bullish on them. It also hasn’t helped that two of their better players have been injured in Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler. After averaging 106.1 points per game last season, the Nuggets have yet to reach 100 in their two outings as they are still getting accustomed to Shaw’s slow-it-down style.

The San Antonio Spurs suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday night, falling in Portland 115-110. After wins over Memphis in their home and season opener and then on the road against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Spurs couldn’t keep up with the Trail Blazers as they trailed by double-digits at the half and then for most of the second half. Tim Duncan had a good return after missing the Los Angeles game with a chest bruise, scoring 24 points on 12-23 from the field while Tony Parker added 17 of his own and nine assists.

There is a chance that the Nuggets aren’t all that good this season, but I doubt it. They are still going to be one of the better home teams in the league and they will be pretty dangerous when Galo and Wilson return from injury. While they looked lost against the Trail Blazers in their home opener, they have had a couple of days to rest and prepare for this game. The Spurs are always tough, but I think getting four points to a team that just had their home streak of 23 games broken, is pretty good value...

Dan’s Pick: Denver +4

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