The NBA’s top scoring defense will be on the road at Pepsi Center, when the San Antonio Spurs (35-23) take on the Denver Nuggets (30-26). The game can be seen on TNT at 10:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.
San Antonio Spurs at Denver Nuggets ATS Odds
In their last outing, the Nuggets were victorious over the Phoenix Suns, 123-113, while the Spurs lost a close one to the Utah Jazz, 101-99.
The Nuggets made 20 of their 22 free throws (90.9 percent) and had a turnover percentage of 11.7 (better than their season average of 13.3). San Antonio, on the other hand, had a better effective field goal percentage (0.482 vs. 0.482). Nikola Jokic led the way for Denver, recording 21 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. San Antonio, meanwhile, received a boost from Pau Gasol, who recorded 15 points, 15 rebounds and six assists.
The battle on the backboards could prove decisive, pitting strength against strength. The Nuggets currently rank second in offensive rebounding percentage (26.1 percent), while San Antonio ranks fifth in defensive rebounding percentage (79.3 percent). Furthermore, the Spurs rank 23rd in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.184), while the Nuggets rank third in opponents’ FTA rate (0.169).
Of the Spurs’ 57 games that accepted bets, 31 have finished under the total. San Antonio heads into the contest with records of 35-23 straight up (SU) and 28-25-4 against the spread (ATS).
Of the Nuggets’ 56 games, 31 have finished under the projected point total. Additionally, Denver is 30-26 SU and 26-27-3 ATS.
Jokic has really been playing well recently for Denver, averaging 18.0 points, 10.4 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 1.4 steals over the last five games.
In their two contests this season, the Spurs have won both. The two teams combined for 210 points in their most recent game, which was over the projected point total of 202.5. San Antonio won 106-104 but was unable to cover as a 7-point favorite. San Antonio had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (31.7 vs. 25.0). Denver, meanwhile, did a terrific job of converting from the free throw line (14-14; 100.0 percent). LaMarcus Aldridge was the game’s top overall scorer with 30 points.
San Antonio Spurs at Denver Nuggets ATS Pick
Pick: SU Winner – Spurs, ATS Winner – Spurs, O/U – Over
The Nuggets average 13.7 fast break points per game, which ranks seventh in the league. The Spurs rank 13th in fast break points allowed per game (11.4).
San Antonio ranks sixth in assists allowed per game (21.0) while Denver ranks 26th (24.4).
The Nuggets rank fourth in points in the paint per game (48.4) while the Spurs rank 20th (42.7).
San Antonio ranks 11th in points off turnovers allowed per game (15.7) while Denver ranks 26th (18.8).
Denver ranks first in rebounds allowed per game (40.9) while San Antonio ranks ninth (42.1).
The Nuggets rank ninth in three pointers attempted per game (30.2) while the Spurs rank 26th (24.6).
The Nuggets rank fourth in second chance points per game (14.0) while the Spurs rank 14th (12.7).
Denver averages 7.7 steals per game, which ranks 16th in the NBA. San Antonio ranks 19th in steals allowed per game (7.8).
San Antonio ranks first in blocks allowed per game (3.7) while Denver ranks 17th (4.9).
Denver is 13-2 when they hold opponents below 100 points, while San Antonio is 23-10.
The Spurs are 28-5 when they reach the century mark, while the Nuggets are 24-17.
San Antonio is 11-15-3 ATS on the road, while Denver is 16-12-1 ATS at home.
Of the Spurs’ 29 road games, they have 18 unders, 10 overs and 1 push.
Of the Nuggets’ 29 home games, they have 17 unders and 12 overs.
In their last five games, San Antonio and Denver have both had 4 overs and 1 under.
The Nuggets are 4-1 ATS over their last five games, while the Spurs are 1-4.
The Nuggets’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.2, up from 0.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Spurs have scored an average of 107.0 points per game (5.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 105.2 points per game (7.0 above their season average).