Denver Nuggets vs San Antonio Stats & Analysis
The Nuggets are red hot since acquiring Gordon, winning seven games in a row, and pushing the Lakers out of the fourth seed. The Spurs, on the other hand, have dropped their last four games and are looking to bounce back into the playoff conversation.
Denver have flourished on offense in the last seven games, with an offensive rating of 120,4. Many attribute this to the acquisition of Aaron Gordon from Orlando before the trade deadline, but MPJ has also significantly contributed to this winning streak by becoming a 20+ point per game scorer.
Denver’s defensive rating has also improved during this run, giving them a NET rating of +11, which is the second-highest in the league, just behind Utah (15,1).
Although Jamal Murray is questionable for Friday’s game, the Nuggets have already beaten this Spurs team, and Malone will certainly feel comfortable resting him as long as he needs.
The Spurs have struggled to win games recently, which can largely be attributed to their sudden drop in defensive rating. They were in the top half of the league in defensive rating this season, but the number has now dropped to 115,9, ranking them 26th in the league.
Ironically, their offense has slightly improved in recent games, ranking them 13th in the league in offensive rating. Their interior defense has been solid, but they’ve allowed opponents to shoot a high percentage of three-pointers this season.
The Spurs have also turned up their pace of play in recent matches, and with a 99,69 pace rating, they are ranked 12th in the league.
With Trey Lyles and Lonnie Walker questionable for Friday’s game with an ankle and wrist injury, Pop may have to rely on the same lineup he used on Wednesday.
Denver Nuggets vs San Antonio Spurs Bets
In their last 10 meetings, the scoring total has gone over the expected scoring margin seven times. With the way San Antonio have been playing in recent games, especially on defense, and taking into account Denver’s excellent offense, which is showing no signs of slowing down, this should be a very high-scoring game.
Take over 217,5 total points at 1,90 odds.