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NBA : ATS Matchup
Saturday 4/20/2019Line$ LineOU LineScore




DENVER (55 - 30) at SAN ANTONIO (50 - 35)
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Saturday, 4/20/2019 5:35 PM
Western Conference - Round 1 - Best of 7 - Game 4 - SAS Leads 2-1
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560SAN ANTONIO-3.5-3.5
DENVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games55-30+5.943-4237-48110.557.046.6%54.9106.855.645.9%50.6
Road Games20-22-4.817-2517-25107.254.844.8%54.3110.056.846.9%52.3
Last 5 Games2-3-2.21-43-2105.053.646.7%50.0107.457.847.5%54.2
Playoff Games1-2-2.21-22-1106.052.747.3%49.7108.059.747.7%54.7
DENVER Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)110.557.042-9046.6%11-3135.2%16-2175.1%551227208134
vs opponents surrendering111.456.141-8946.1%11-3235.6%18-2376.6%541025218145
Team Stats (Road Games)107.254.841-9144.8%11-3234.9%15-2073.8%541227208135
Stats Against (All Games)106.855.640-8645.9%11-3133.9%17-2275.4%511024207135
vs opponents averaging111.656.241-8946.2%11-3235.7%18-2377.0%531025218145
Stats Against (Road Games)110.056.841-8746.9%11-3235.6%17-2277.4%521026208135

SAN ANTONIO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games50-35-10.745-3845-40111.555.747.8%51.4109.854.546.3%51.6
Home Games33-9+3.425-1719-23112.957.348.7%51.9106.053.445.1%50.7
Last 5 Games4-1+2.83-22-3108.259.648.4%55.6100.448.244.5%48.0
Playoff Games2-1+1.82-12-1108.059.747.7%54.7106.052.747.3%49.7
SAN ANTONIO Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)111.555.742-8847.8%10-2539.2%17-2181.6%51924186125
vs opponents surrendering111.256.241-8946.0%11-3235.4%18-2376.7%531025218145
Team Stats (Home Games)112.957.343-8748.7%10-2441.8%18-2181.6%52925186115
Stats Against (All Games)109.854.541-9046.3%12-3236.0%15-2075.1%52925207124
vs opponents averaging111.356.241-8946.1%11-3235.3%18-2376.4%541025218145
Stats Against (Home Games)106.053.440-8945.1%11-3235.4%14-1974.9%51924207124
Average power rating of opponents played: DENVER 96.3,  SAN ANTONIO 95.9
DENVER - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
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 ANTONIO96-101L-5.5L210U37-8842.0%551040-8348.2%5311
4/16/2019SAN ANTONIO114-105W-7W210.5O43-8948.3%49539-8645.3%5510
4/18/2019@ SAN ANTONIO108-118L4.5L207O42-8151.9%451344-8949.4%566
4/20/2019@ SAN ANTONIO              
4/23/2019SAN ANTONIO              

SAN ANTONIO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
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@ DENVER101-96W5.5W210U40-8348.2%531137-8842.0%5510
4/16/2019@ DENVER105-114L7L210.5O39-8645.3%551043-8948.3%495
4/23/2019@ DENVER              
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.
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.
Guard play likely to decide Game 4 between Spurs, Nuggets

The first three games of the Western Conference first-round playoff series between second-seeded Denver and seventh-seeded San Antonio have boiled down to which team received better play from its backcourt.

And with today's NBA being guard-oriented, expect that trend to continue when the Spurs host the Nuggets in Game 4 of the series on Saturday afternoon at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.

The Spurs grabbed a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with a 118-108 home win on Thursday as two pieces of its three-guard attack -- second-year pro Derrick White and veteran DeMar DeRozan -- combined for 61 points.

White's 36 points in Game 3 -- 26 of them in the first half -- were a career high, while DeRozan was at his best in the second half when he racked up 21 of his 25 points.

The Nuggets now have lost 14 straight games in San Antonio, a streak that began on March 4, 2012, when White was a 17-year-old senior at Legend High School in Parker, Colo., about 25 miles southeast of Denver.

"I just had a chip on my shoulder," White said about his performance on Thursday. "This is the way I've played since I was young. Just try to go out there, compete and have fun."

White also drew the primary defensive responsibility on Nuggets' point guard Jamal Murray, the Game 2 hero, and held him to 6 points and just six shots in 31 minutes of court time.

Denver coach Mike Malone praised White for his work on both ends of the floor.

"We couldn't stop him," Malone said about White. "He was impressive. From jump street, he attacked, he got wherever he wanted, and he finished. He was into us defensively. That was a hell of a performance for a young player."

Murray was the difference-maker for the Nuggets in their 114-105 home win on Tuesday, scoring 21 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter to help Denver complete a comeback from 19 points down in the third quarter.

Malone said there was little doubt that White had been reminded, a lot, about Murray's performance in that game.

"White came out like he hadn't eaten in two days," Malone said. "He came out hungry, he came out (ticked) off and he sent a very loud and clear message. I'm anxious to see our guys, how do we respond to that."

Murray said that he took Thursday's one-sided performance against White personally. "I should," he told the Denver Post. "I'll be ready next game. Most the time when I say I'll bounce back, I do."

To capture this series, the Nuggets will have to win at least once in San Antonio - a scenario in which they've failed over the past seven years. Denver also will just have to play better, especially in the waning minutes of the game.

All three games so far have been close deep into the fourth quarter, but the Spurs have been the better closer in two of three games. That might come from San Antonio's considerable edge in recent playoff experience - the Spurs are playing in the postseason for the 22nd consecutive season, while Denver is in the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 7/14/2020 5:39:47 PM EST

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