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2021 NBA Handicapping
(1-0) San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets (1-0)
Date: Friday, October 22nd
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado
NBA Moneyline Odds: Spurs +246 | Nuggets -280 (Bet Now!) – OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Spurs +7 | Nuggets -7
NBA Betting Total: 219
Friday, October 22nd finds the San Antonio Spurs facing the Denver Nuggets for their first meeting of the young season. Both teams won their season opener with the Nuggets defeating the Suns while the Spurs beat the Magic.
Last season, the squads played three times with the Nuggets winning two of the three contests. The Spurs hold the all-time record having won 119 matches of the 192 played.
San Antonio Spurs
With the exit of most of the Spurs vets in the offseason, this new iteration of the Spurs will focus on the development and growth of the youngsters as the team creates a new era in San Antonio.
In their opening match, one thing remains clear – the Spurs still love to share the ball as they produced 32 assists of their 49 made field goals.
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All five starters reached double-digit scoring along with two reserves. Devin Vassell led the team in scoring with 19 points while Jakob Poeltl logged a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds along with seven assists.
San Antonio was blistering hot from the perimeter connecting on 13 of their 30 deep balls or 43.3 percent efficiency. They were equally adept at scoring in the paint with 56 points and also chipped in 26 points on the fast break.
It was about as great of a start to the season as Gregg Popovich could’ve hoped for and perfect preparation for a much tougher opponent in their second match.
Revenge came in the first match of the season as the Nuggets rallied from a 16-point deficit to win their opening match. That it came against the Suns who ousted them from the postseason spoiling their home opener made it all the sweeter.
Monte Morris was one point shy of collecting double-figures to join the rest of the starters in that result along with two reserves. And for the oddsmakers who didn’t tap Nikola Jokic high in their predictions to repeat as MVP, they might want to reconsider.
The big man was unstoppable on route to his double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds plus two assists and two steals. The only area he struggled was from the perimeter (1 of 6).
Will Barton also stepped up to score 20 points and is a bonus for head coach, Micahel Malone to have on hand given Jamal Murray’s absence as he heals from his ACL tear.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Nuggets are 7-3 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The teams are 5-5 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 7-3 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The total has gone over in 5 of San Antonio’s last 7 games.
- The Spurs are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games.
- The Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
- The total has gone over in 5 of Denver’s last 6 games at home.
Free San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Prediction:
As per usual, the Nuggets need to overcome a tendency for lulls in their matches and that will be a key this season. If Malone can get them to bring consistent effort through all four quarters they’ll be a major factor atop the Western Conference.
While the Spurs aren’t expected to be contenders they are playing freely and should be in the mix once again to be among those competing for the play-in tournament.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Spurs +7
The Spurs pose an interesting dilemma to defend because they rely on ball/player movement hunting down the best shot. Instead of having one or two stars to put the primary defensive focus on that can be challenging. Denver will need to recognize that fact and look to disrupt the passing lanes in order to gain the advantage.
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