Denver Nuggets vs San Antonio Spurs: Preview, Game Info, Where to Watch, Head to Head and Expert Picks

Oyebade Oluwafemi
02 Apr 2024

The Denver Nuggets will host the San Antonio Spurs in a Western Conference showdown on Tuesday night at the Ball Arena. The Nuggets, currently 2nd in the West, are coming off a win over the Cavaliers, while the Spurs, placed 15th in the West, fell to the Warriors. We have the Denver Nuggets vs San Antonio Spurs, preview, game info, where to watch, head-to-head, and expert picks below. You can also read more NBA previews here.

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  • Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2024
  • Time: 9:00 PM ET
  • Location: Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado, USA.
  • The Nuggets are 34-39-2 against the spread this season.
  • The Spurs are 39-36-0 against the spread this season.
  • The Nuggets are 14th in the NBA with 114.6 points per game this season.
  • The Nuggets are 7th with 109.8 points allowed per game.
  • The Nuggets are 5-5 against the spread and 7-3 SU in their past 10 games.
  • The Spurs are currently the 22nd-ranked scoring team in the NBA (112.2 PPG).
  • The Spurs are 7-3 against the spread and 4-6 SU in their last 10 games.
  • The Spurs rank 2nd in the league for assists per game this season (29.8).
  • The Nuggets rank 2nd in the league for opponent three-point field goals made per game this season (11.2).

The Denver Nuggets are aiming for their second consecutive victory as they host the San Antonio Spurs. Currently, the Nuggets sit in second place in the Western Conference, just half a game behind the first-place Oklahoma City Thunder. In their recent win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Nuggets secured a decisive 130-101 victory, with Nikola Jokic leading the charge with an impressive stat line of 26 points, 18 rebounds, and 16 assists.

With a season record of 52-23, the Nuggets average 114.6 points per game while shooting at an efficient 49.5% from the field, ranking them 5th in the NBA. They average 29.3 assists per game (3rd in the NBA), albeit with 12.6 turnovers per game. Defensively, the Nuggets allow 109.8 points per game, ranking 7th in the league, and force an average of 12.4 turnovers per game.

On the defensive end, the Nuggets hold opponents to 35.8% shooting from beyond the arc and 46.5% shooting from the field. However, they struggle slightly in preventing opponents from the the charity stripe, with opponents shooting 77.4% from the free-throw line. Despite these challenges, the Nuggets boast strong rebounding, averaging 44.3 boards per game, and rank 6th in the league in this category.

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The San Antonio Spurs were enjoying a positive streak with three consecutive wins before stumbling against the Warriors in a 117-113 loss on Sunday. Despite setting the tone with a strong first quarter performance, where they scored 34 points and established a 13-point lead, the Spurs faltered in the third quarter as the Warriors dominated with a 37-21 run, ultimately seizing control of the game. Victor Wembenyama led the Spurs in scoring with an impressive 32 points, along with 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Cedi Osman contributed 18 points, while Tre Jones added 12 points and 6 assists to the team's efforts.

Heading into this contest, the Spurs hold a record of 18-57 for the season. They average 112.2 points per game (ranking 22nd in the NBA) on 46.3% shooting from the field. Their three-point shooting stands at 34.8%, and they boast a respectable 78.4% free-throw shooting rate. Additionally, the Spurs rank 2nd in the NBA with 2,233 assists on the season.

Defensively, the Spurs force an average of 13.6 turnovers per game and draw 18.1 personal fouls. However, they struggle in defending the three-point line, allowing opponents to shoot 37.8% from beyond the arc. Furthermore, their opponents' points per game (PPG) average of 119.2 ranks them 25th in the league defensively.

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  • Vlatko Cancar underwent surgery on his left knee and has since been sidelined over 8 months ago
  • Jamal Murray is questionable to play with knee injury
  • Zeke Nnaji is out of this clash with a thigh injury
  • Aaron Gordon is probable to face the Spurs due to a right foot strain
  • Nikola Jokic is probable to play with hip problem

San Antonio Spurs

  • Charles Bassey will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his left ACL
  • Jeremy Sochan has been ruled out for the rest of the 2023-24 season due to left ankle impingement
  • Devin Vassell will be out for the remainder of the campaign due to a stress reaction in his right foot.
  • Keldon Johnson is out of this clash due to a foot injury.
  • Dominick Barlow is out of this clash due to a Knee injury.

In the regular season, the San Antonio Spurs and the Denver Nuggets have met a total of 201 times. Out of these matchups, the Spurs have won 122 games, while the Nuggets have secured 79 wins.

The most recent encounter between the two teams took place on March 15, 2024, when the Denver Nuggets won 117-106 on the road against the Spurs.  

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The Nuggets have a great opportunity to dominate this game, fueled by their pursuit of the top seed in the Western Conference. However, the Spurs have been displaying some of their most competitive basketball lately, evidenced by covering the spread in 7 of their last 10 games.

There's uncertainty surrounding Jamal Murray's availability for the Nuggets, which adds a layer of unpredictability to the matchup. While the Nuggets are expected to secure the win, there's a possibility that the Spurs could keep the game close enough to secure a backdoor cover.

Moreover, this game presents a clash in styles, with the Spurs known for their fast-paced play contrasting against the Nuggets' slower tempo. The Spurs tend to heavily rely on outside shooting, while the Nuggets excel at defending the perimeter. Offensive rebounding might pose a challenge for both teams, with the Nuggets likely to dictate the pace and impose their defensive prowess on San Antonio. Taking all these factors into consideration, it's likely that the game will be lower-scoring than expected. Therefore, I favor backing the under 224 in this matchup.

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