In this high-caliber Western showdown, the third and sixth best teams of the conference are clashing, when the San Antonio Spurs (28-15), who have been very unstable lately, are hosting the Denver Nuggets (22-20), who ended a losing streak and want to continue on the winning ways.
Date/Time: 01-13-2018, 20:30 EDT
Spread: San Antonio Spurs -6.5
Spurs have a 28-15 record (22-19-2 against the spread) so far this season and are currently sit on the third place of the West. They have lost their rhythm in the new year by not been able to win or lose a second straight game. In their last game they lost on the road against the Lakers with an 81-93 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by LaMarcus Aldridge with 22.6 ppg, adding a team high 8.6 rebounds per game. He is followed Kawhi Leonard with 15.9 ppg and 4.2 rebounds.
Nuggets have a 22-20 record (20-20-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 6th place of the West. In their last game they snapped a three-game losing streak by winning at home against the Grizzlies with an 87-78 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Gary Harris with 16.9 ppg, followed by Jamal Murray with 16 ppg, while Nikola Jokic adds 15.6 ppg and team highs both in rebounding, with 10.1 per game and in assists made, with 5 per game.
Spurs won all three meetings against the Nuggets last season by an average of 21 points at home. Spurs are 18-2 at home so far this season, while Nuggets are 7-15 on the road. Nuggets are better offensively, scoring 106.8 ppg to Spurs’ 101.2, while Spurs are better defensively, allowing a second-best 98.3 ppg to Nuggets’ 105.5. Nuggets have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 46.3% to Spurs’ 45.8%, while Spurs have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 36.5% to Nuggets’ 36.2%. Nuggets are better in rebounding (45.1 to 44.4) and in assists made (23.5 to 21.9), while Spurs are better in turnovers committed (14 to 15.5). Spurs are one of the best home teams in the league, while Nuggets have been weak on the road. Vegas odds give Spurs a -6.5 spread which they are expected to beat for the home victory today.
Denver Nuggets vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction: San Antonio Spurs -6.5 (-111)