San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/26/14
Denver Nuggets (32-39) at San Antonio Spurs (54-16)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 8:30 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -13 -- Over/Under: 216.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Altitude, FS-Southwest
The San Antonio Spurs and the Denver Nuggets face off on Wednesday in NBA action.
The San Antonio Spurs have the best record in the NBA and have reeled off 14 consecutive wins. The Spurs have clinched a playoff spot and they have a two game lead over the Thunder for the top spot in the West. Tony Parker is the statistical leader for San Antonio averaging 17.6 points and 6.1 assists per game. Tim Duncan averages 15 points and 9.9 rebounds, Manu Ginobili is averaging 12.5 points, and Kawhi Leonard is averaging 12.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.69 steals. The Spurs are averaging 105.3 points per game and they are shooting 48.8 percent including 39.8 percent from beyond the three-point arc while defensively they are allowing 97.5 points and their opponents are shooting 44.3 percent. San Antonio knows that time isn’t on their side but talent and experience are.
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The Denver Nuggets are 5-5 in their last 10 games and they are 10 games out from making the final playoff spot in the West. The Nuggets have traditionally been one of the best home teams in the NBA but this year they haven’t been good enough. Ty Lawson leads Denver averaging 18.1 points and 8.9 assists per game. Kenneth Farid is averaging 12.6 points and 8.0 rebounds, Randy Foye is averaging 12.4 points, and Timofey Mozgov is averaging .4 points and 6.0 rebounds. The Nuggets are averaging 103.8 points and they are shooting 44.1 percent including 36.1 percent from beyond the three-point arc while defensively they are allowing 105.9 points and their opponents are shooting 45.5 percent. Denver’s injuries continue to take their toll with Wilson Chandler doubtful and J.J. Hickson now gone for the season.
San Antonio is 4-0 against the spread in their last four home games, 6-0 against the spread against the Western Conference, and 5-0 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Denver is 6-1 against the spread following a loss, 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games, and 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games following a loss by 10 or more points. The road team has covered the point spread in 16 of the last 21 meetings of these two.
This is a big number against a team who seems to know how to at least keep it close enough to cover but the Nuggets are simply hurting too bad to hang with the NBA’s best and I look for the Spurs to get the cover.
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