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NBA : ATS Matchup
Saturday 4/13/2019Line$ LineOU LineScore




SAN ANTONIO (48 - 34) at DENVER (54 - 28)
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Saturday, 4/13/2019 10:30 PM
Western Conference - Round 1 - Best of 7 - Game 1
Board OpenLatest
507SAN ANTONIO211.5210.5
SAN ANTONIO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games48-34-12.543-3743-39111.755.647.8%51.3110.054.546.3%51.7
Road Games16-25-14.819-2025-16110.553.947.0%50.9114.055.847.6%52.6
Last 5 Games4-1+22-31-4109.659.449.3%51.8104.051.645.7%47.8
Playoff Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
SAN ANTONIO Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)111.755.642-8847.8%10-2539.2%17-2181.9%51925186125
vs opponents surrendering111.456.241-8946.0%11-3235.5%18-2376.7%541025218145
Team Stats (Road Games)110.553.942-8947.0%10-2636.7%17-2181.8%511024196125
Stats Against (All Games)110.054.542-9046.3%12-3335.9%15-2075.5%52925207124
vs opponents averaging111.456.241-8946.1%11-3235.3%18-2376.5%541025218145
Stats Against (Road Games)114.055.843-9047.6%12-3336.7%16-2175.6%531026197124

DENVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games54-28+842-4035-47110.757.146.6%55.0106.755.445.8%50.5
Home Games34-7+11.825-1619-22114.159.548.5%55.6103.654.244.9%48.7
Last 5 Games3-2+13-23-2109.455.248.1%50.2104.652.645.6%53.2
Playoff Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
DENVER Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)110.757.142-9046.6%11-3135.1%16-2175.5%551227208134
vs opponents surrendering111.556.141-8946.1%11-3235.6%18-2376.7%541025218145
Team Stats (Home Games)114.159.543-8948.5%11-3135.8%17-2276.7%561228208134
Stats Against (All Games)106.755.440-8645.8%11-3233.9%17-2275.3%501025207135
vs opponents averaging111.756.241-8946.2%11-3235.6%18-2376.8%531025218145
Stats Against (Home Games)103.654.238-8644.9%10-3232.2%16-2273.0%491023217134
Average power rating of opponents played: SAN ANTONIO 95.9,  DENVER 96.3
SAN ANTONIO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
3/6/2019@ ATLANTA111-104W-5.5W233.5U44-8949.4%571536-9239.1%5414
3/12/2019@ DALLAS112-105W-3.5W217.5U43-8252.4%441238-8246.3%5014
3/15/2019NEW YORK109-83W-13.5W213.5U47-8853.4%51935-8640.7%4716
3/18/2019GOLDEN STATE111-105W2.5W227U41-8846.6%501041-8846.6%4913
3/22/2019@ HOUSTON105-111L6T220.5U41-9045.6%531136-8641.9%549
3/24/2019@ BOSTON115-96W-2W222U50-9851.0%56838-9440.4%528
3/26/2019@ CHARLOTTE116-125L-4.5L220O44-10940.4%731146-10046.0%606
4/3/2019@ DENVER85-113L5L214.5U31-8138.3%451147-8754.0%5714
4/5/2019@ WASHINGTON129-112W-7W226O51-9156.0%49942-8847.7%439
4/7/2019@ CLEVELAND112-90W-8.5W219U43-8252.4%541831-7839.7%4417
4/13/2019@ DENVER              
4/16/2019@ DENVER              

DENVER - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
3/4/2019@ SAN ANTONIO103-104L1.5W230U41-9543.2%511241-8548.2%529
3/6/2019@ LA LAKERS115-99W-5W231.5U45-9845.9%62840-8447.6%5112
3/8/2019@ GOLDEN STATE105-122L7L234.5U33-8737.9%571645-8453.6%5117
3/18/2019@ BOSTON114-105W4.5W220.5U46-9448.9%601739-9341.9%4812
3/21/2019@ WASHINGTON113-108W-8.5L230U46-8752.9%42840-7950.6%4312
3/22/2019@ NEW YORK111-93W-11W215U40-9641.7%68834-9037.8%527
3/24/2019@ INDIANA88-124L-1.5L209O33-9335.5%491751-9156.0%5511
3/28/2019@ HOUSTON85-112L5.5L216.5U31-8436.9%491440-8746.0%5510
3/29/2019@ OKLAHOMA CITY115-105W4.5W218.5O48-8556.5%451243-8848.9%4313
4/2/2019@ GOLDEN STATE102-116L8.5L220.5U36-9637.5%511550-9254.3%6224
4/3/2019SAN ANTONIO113-85W-5W214.5U47-8754.0%571431-8138.3%4511
4/7/2019@ PORTLAND108-115L8.5W219.5O42-9544.2%491041-8946.1%6616
4/9/2019@ UTAH108-118L2L212.5O41-8846.6%40741-7852.6%6015
4/13/2019SAN ANTONIO              
4/16/2019SAN ANTONIO              
4/18/2019@ SAN ANTONIO              
4/20/2019@ SAN ANTONIO              
SAN ANTONIO: LAST SEASON: 47-35, lost in Western Conference first round.
COACH: Gregg Popovich (23rd season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Patty Mills (12.0 ppg), G DeMar DeRozan (11.5 ppg, Toronto), F Rudy Gay (10.5 ppg), F LaMarcus Aldridge, (18.0 ppg), C Jakob Poeltl (7.2 ppg, Toronto).
KEY LOSSES: F Kawhi Leonard, G Manu Ginobili, G Tony Parker, G Danny Green
KEY ADDITIONS: DeRozan, Poeltl, F Marco Belinelli, G Lonnie Walker, C Chimezie Metu
PLAYERS TO WATCH: San Antonio's backcourt will be key in determining how the team fares this season after PG Dejounte Murray tore his right ACL. DeRozan comes to San Antonio along with Poeltl after an unexpected trade by Toronto for Leonard and Green. DeRozan wanted to remain with the Raptors his entire career, so he felt betrayed and was upset by the trade initially. The 6-foot-7 guard has since embraced San Antonio and stated he will take his revenge out on the league this season.
OUTLOOK: The Spurs were third in the West most of last season despite not having their leading scorer and defender in Leonard for all but nine games last season. San Antonio adapted throughout the season in preparation for Leonard's return, which never happened. In Leonard's place is DeRozan, a four-time All-Star, who should provide Aldridge with the additional scoring punch the team lacked at times in the starting lineup. The addition and maturation of young stars like Walker, Poeltl, Metu, G Derrick White and G Bryn Forbes along with DeRozan and Gay also provides the Spurs with one of the most athletic teams they have had in years.
DENVER: LAST SEASON: 46-36, missed playoffs.
COACH: Michael Malone (fourth season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Gary Harris (17.5 ppg) G Jamal Murray (16.7 ppg), F Will Barton (15.7 ppg), F Paul Millsap (14.6 ppg), C Nikola Jokic (18.5 ppg).
KEY LOSSES: F Wilson Chandler, F Kenneth Faried, F Richard Jefferson, F Darrell Arthur, G Devin Harris
KEY ADDITIONS: G Isaiah Thomas, F Michael Porter Jr.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: In the offseason, Jokic signed a max deal contract worth around $147 million for five seasons. He's one of the top big men in the game. The Serbian standout turned in 10 triple-doubles last season, including the fastest triple-double in NBA history. He needed just 14 minutes, 55 seconds to reach the accomplishment at Milwaukee on Feb. 15. Jokic is the centerpiece for an organization trying to get to the postseason for the first time since 2012-13.
OUTLOOK: The addition of Thomas gives the Nuggets even more veteran leadership. They're stacked, but so is the rest of the Western Division. Denver has improved each season under Malone, going from 33 wins his first year, to 40 in 2016-17 and 46 last season. The Nuggets lost out on the eighth and final playoff spot in '17-18 when they lost in overtime at Minnesota on the final game of the regular season.
Inexperienced Nuggets ready for veteran Spurs

The Denver Nuggets have waited six long years to get back to the postseason. The San Antonio Spurs had to wait all of 11 months.

Denver, the youngest team in the NBA, went from just outside the playoffs a year ago to the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. The Spurs, who now have reached the postseason for 22 straight years, are a formidable first-round opponent for the inexperienced Nuggets.

"It's going to test us," Denver point guard Jamal Murray said. "Disciplined team."

Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinal series is Saturday night in Denver.

The constant in San Antonio's playoff streak is head coach Gregg Popovich. He has been on the bench for five titles and six trips to the NBA Finals but his team has been morphing since reaching the Western Conference finals in 2017.

Kawhi Leonard, the MVP of the 2014 Finals and the centerpiece of the franchise after Tim Duncan retired, was unhappy with the team and was shipped to Toronto in the offseason for DeMar DeRozan. Then point guard Dejounte Murray tore his ACL in October.

It looked like a year when the Spurs wouldn't make the playoffs in the competitive Western Conference, but they won 48 games and are back. Local product Derrick White moved into the starting lineup and has become a premier defender and solid offensive player. Bryn Forbes has developed into a reliable shooting guard and LaMarcus Aldridge is still a force on the post.

The Spurs enter the playoffs with loads of postseason experience while the Nuggets are thin. Only three main rotation players have been to the playoffs, with forward Paul Millsap (87 games) the only one with extensive experience.

Mason Plumlee (27 games) and Will Barton (seven games) have also tasted the postseason.

Guard Isaiah Thomas has played 25 playoff games but might not see any significant court time. Denver's core, All-Star Nikola Jokic, Murray and Gary Harris are getting their first taste. They'll found out Saturday night how intense playoff basketball is compared to the regular season.

Michael Malone has been to the postseason as an assistant coach but this will be his first time as the head coach. Conversely, Popovich has coached 277 playoff games.

"Gregg Popovich has five rings," Malone said Wednesday night. "I have a wedding ring."

"It's going to be an all-out brawl," Barton said. "Every minute, every second, every quarter, it's going to be a fight. Every game. And we got to be ready to have that mentality from the beginning. We can't wait like we do sometimes in the regular season."

Denver stumbled down the stretch, winning five of its last 10 and needed a furious rally in the last 3:10 to beat Minnesota on Wednesday night and secure the No. 2 seed.

San Antonio, on the other hand, enters the playoffs on a three-game winning streak.

"We ended off strong," DeRozan told The San Antonio Express-News. "Our confidence is high. ... I think we've got our mindset where it's supposed to be heading into the playoffs."

Denver and San Antonio split the four matchups in the regular season, each winning the home games. The Nuggets won the last matchup, 113-85, in Denver on April 3. Popovich was ejected 63 seconds into the game but it's a good bet he'll stick around for these games.

The Nuggets' 34 home wins were tops in the NBA but the Spurs won't be intimidated.

"Everyone here is hungry, even the young guys," Forbes told The Express-News. "We all want to prove people wrong who didn't even have us in the playoffs at the beginning of the season. We want to win it all. We want to prove everybody wrong and do what we know we are capable of doing."

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 6/16/2019 1:54:57 PM EST

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