Were the NBA playoffs to start today, the San Antonio Spurs would be the No. 3 seed and face the No. 6 seed Denver Nuggets in the first round. Those potential foes square off in the Mile High City on Friday night coming out of the break. Oddly, it’s San Antonio’s second straight game there but not Denver’s. The Nuggets are favorites in the NBA betting lines for Friday night.
Spurs at Nuggets NBA Lines & Expert Prediction – February 23rdNBA.tvRadio: WOAI 1200 AM (San Antonio) / AM 950 (Denver)NBA Lines: Nuggets -3.5 (209.5)
Season SeriesSan Antonio leads 2-1. On Jan. 13, the Spurs won 112-80. Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points, Davis Bertans had 18 and San Antonio never trailed. Leonard is now out injured. The Spurs raced to a 23-12 lead in the first quarter despite getting just one point from Leonard. San Antonio opened the game by shooting 6 for 7 on 3-pointers, including three consecutive 3s by Bertans. Nikola Jokic had 23 points and nine rebounds for Denver.On Jan. 30, the Spurs won 106-104. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 30 points and San Antonio tied a season high with 33 assists. Kyle Anderson and Pau Gasol each had 18 points. Every Denver starter scored in double figures with Jamal Murray leading the way with 18 points and Gary Harris adding 17. It was the Spurs’ 11th straight win at home in the series. Denver’s last win in San Antonio was March 4, 2012, when Richard Jefferson started for the Spurs. Jefferson is now a reserve for Denver.In the final game for San Antonio before the break, the Nuggets beat the Spurs 117-109 in Denver on Feb. 13. Nikola Jokic had 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, and Will Barton scored 20 points. Denver outscored the Spurs 30-19 in the fourth quarter to rally from seven down late in the third. Joffrey Lauvergne scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Tony Parker had 17 points for San Antonio.
Latest NBA Lines Trends
- San Antonio is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
- San Antonio is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Antonio’s last 5 games
- Denver is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
- Denver is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver’s last 5 games