Noise was made in Denver last week when the San Antonio Spurs scored a key road victory in the West 1st Round against the Nuggets.
The 2019 NBA Playoffs has already seen its fair share of upset results and the Nuggets losing only their eighth game at Pepsi Center was one of them.
Can the Spurs pull off another NBA upset? Or will the Nuggets square the series at 1-1?
San Antonio Spurs Form
Spurs are always tough to beat in the postseason, but not much was expected of this current unit in 2019.
Spurs lost their best player in the offseason – Kawhi Leonard, who plays for the Raptors vs Magic on Tuesday night – and that was supposed to be the star of their demise. It was anything but in Game 1, as the Spurs scored a gutsy five-point win in Denver.
DeMar DeRozan has been steady without being spectacular this season and the Spurs have called upon on of their lesser-known talent. Derrick White, an MVP in the G-League last season, wasn’t highly touted to start this season and he was expected to be sitting on the bench for most of the time.
White chimed in with 16 points in Game 1 and along with Rudy Gay (14 points) and Bryn Forbes (15 points), the Spurs were able to space the floor and put the Nuggets away.
Relying on those players for the rest of the series would be a mistake, so LaMarcus Alridge and DeRozan will need to come to play.
Bettors shouldn’t be discounting this talented Spurs team.
Denver Nuggets Form
The hopes of the Denver Nuggets throughout the postseason relies on their home-court advantage, but that was given up in the first game of the series.
Nuggets were 34-7 at home during the regular season but they scored only 96 points in Game 1. That’s 14 points below their season average of 110.7.
Defensively, they averaged exactly their season average of 101 points per game. There were no obvious holes in their defense but their offense will need improve in order to not only beat the Spurs, but progress deep into the playoffs.
The problem for the Nuggets is that they have overachieved to get to the #2 seed in the West. There’s a handful of better teams in the NBA and the Nuggets could have regressed to their expected level.
Spurs vs Nuggets Betting Trends
- Spurs are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs a team with a winning record.
- Spurs are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games.
- Nuggets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss.
- Nuggets are 0-8 ATS in their last 8 conference quarterfinals games.
Spurs vs Nuggets Betting Tips
Sports Bookmakers have set the spread line at 7 and that favors the San Antonio Spurs.
This Nuggets team isn’t all that impressive and although they have a commanding home record, that mattered for nothing in Game 1 and it might not matter for much in Game 2.
Spurs are better across the board and they can still rely on their star players to improve throughout the series.
Nuggets could win this game but it should be another close battle and we can’t see a 12-point turnaround.
Tip: Spurs +7