Nuggets vs Spurs NBA Playoffs Odds & Game 3 Prediction

Posted by Derrick Harper on April 18, 2019 in

The NBA playoffs continue with several exciting match-ups. One of the best matchups of those is the Denver Nuggets vs the San Antonio Spurs series. Let’s take a look at the latest NBA Betting Odds for Nuggets vs Spurs while making some predictions.

Nuggets vs Spurs NBA Playoffs Odds & Game 3 Prediction

Spurs Looking to Spoil at Home

The Nuggets are the second seed in the Western Conference, while the San Antonio Spurs are the seventh seed. The Nuggets had the early home court advantage due to being the better seed, but the Spurs surprised them in Game 1, pulling off a 101-96 upset win.

The Spurs achieved a positive result despite a triple-double from Nuggets center Nikola Jokic. Jokic had 10 points, 14 rebounds, and 14 assists, becoming the first player since LeBron James (in 2006) to record a triple-double in his playoff debut.

However, Jokic’s triple-double did not come easy, having to fight off good performances from Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge and a couple of other players too. The Spurs also played well on the offensive end with balanced scoring.

DeMar DeRozan had 18 points, Derrick White had 16 points, Bryn Forbes and LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 points each, and Rudy Gay had 14.

Nuggets Battle Tested Early

The Nuggets lost Game 1 but tied the series in Game 2, winning 114-105. Jamal Murray led the Nuggets with 24 points, scoring 21 of those in the fourth quarter. Murray took over for the Nuggets when they needed him most.

Murray was just one of five Nuggets players to score in double figures though. Gary Harris had 23 points, Nikola Jokic had 21, Paul Milsap had 20 and Monte Morris had 11. The Nuggets played well as a team and this game showed what they are capable of.

For the Spurs, DeRozan had 31 points. He was one of three players to score in double figures; Aldridge had 24 and White had 17. The series continues in San Antonio. The Spurs have a chance to win the next two games on their home court, while the Nuggets would look to win one (if not two) games on the road.

This series is becoming fiercely competitive, and both teams will be desperate for a win; it all comes down to which team wants it more.

Nuggets vs Spurs Final Prediction

Both teams are evenly balanced, and it is hard to predict a winner. If I had to choose though, I’d give a slight edge to the Spurs. Most of the edge here is with coaching and veteran leadership. LaMarcus Aldridge and Demar DeRozan both have some serious experience on their side and the team first approach of the San Antonio Spurs under Greg Popovich has a way of showing up in the postseason. The model of play is proven and Pop seems to get the most from his players this time of year.

The other advantage is on the defensive end. The Spurs tend to play a more complete game and therefore, I feel that they will outlast the Nuggets. Watch out, though, as this one could go either way. I just feel that the Spurs will show why they are a premier team still, even after the days of Duncan, Parker, Ginobili, and Leonard.