San Antonio Spurs at Denver Nuggets
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 23, 2019, 9:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Denver Nuggets -5.5 -- Over/Under: 212
The San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets meet Tuesday in game five of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at the Pepsi Center.
The San Antonio Spurs look for their second road win of the series to take a 3-2 lead. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 106.8 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 108.8 points on 46.7 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 23.3 points and 4.5 assists while LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 20.3 points and nine rebounds. Derrick White is the third double-digit scorer and Bryn Forbes is grabbing four rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The San Antonio Spurs are allowing 41.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47 rebounds per game. The San Antonio Spurs have split their last eight road games.
The Denver Nuggets look to be the first team to win back-to-back games to take a 3-2 lead. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 108.8 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 106.8 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 20.5 points and 11.8 rebounds while Jamal Murray is averaging 17.8 points and three assists. Gary Harris is the third double-digit scorer and Paul Millsap is grabbing four rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 41.1 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.3 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have won eight of their last 10 home games.
The Spurs are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Western Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games. The Nuggets are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 2 days rest, 8-19 ATS in their last 27 vs. NBA Southwest and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Spurs are 16-6 ATS in the last 22 meetings in Denver. The over is 6-2 in Nuggets last 8 overall. The under is 17-8 in Spurs last 25 overall.
Blowing a double-digit lead at home can't sit well with the San Antonio Spurs, and the Denver Nuggets have shown more and more flashes of being the team they were throughout the regular season. The problem that I have is that the Spurs have been the more consistent team throughout this series, leading in all four games and controlling the pace, despite the series being tied at 2-2. The two losses for the Spurs were a case of the Nuggets going on a stretch where shots wouldn't miss and it was an avalanche that couldn't be stopped. For the most part, the Spurs have controlled the tempo and have to like where they're at with things. I still have more confidence in the veteran Spurs than I do th baby Nuggets. Give me the points.