Spurs vs. Nuggets NBA Odds and Preview – April 5th, 2022

The San Antonio Spurs will try to pull away from the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Standings. Head coach Gregg Popovich and company now have a tighter grip on the No. 10 seed and a slot at the Play-In Tournament after a challenging season. Meanwhile, the Nuggets aim to hold the No. 5 seed to avoid the Play-In Tournament. This is a crucial game for the hosts as they are only a win ahead of the Utah Jazz in the standings.

With the regular season coming to an end, Nitrobetting goes over the must-watch games for basketball and betting fans. Check out the Spurs vs. Nuggets preview below, featuring game details, crucial stats, the latest NBA betting odds, trends, and predictions.

Spurs vs. Nuggets Game Information

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Why Bet on the San Antonio Spurs?

The Spurs get a shot at a playoff appearance if they do well in the Play-In Tournament. It means crunch time for the rest of the squad as they try to secure good results before the regular season ends. The team is 7-3 in their last ten games and is looking good after back-to-back wins over the Blazers. However, the Spurs have to overcome the challenge of three road contests in four games.

San Antonio is the eighth-highest scoring team in the league with 113.2 points per game. The team records decent offensive stats throughout the season. They average 46.7% shooting (11th) and have the best ball movement in the league with 28.0 assists per game. On top of that, the Spurs are relentless scorers in the interior with 53.3 points in the paint (second) per game.

The Spurs have some catching up to do on shooting defense. As a team, they allow 113.0 points (24th) per game and 46.7% opponent shooting (21st). They also have a poor defense beyond the arc and allow opponents to hit 36.0% of their three-point attempts (22nd). Nevertheless, the team does have commendable rebounding numbers with 53.5 total boards (seventh) per game.

Dejounte Murray is likely to return within the week but not in time for this game after picking up an illness. Second-choice center Jock Landale is also out until at least April 7 with a foot injury.

Why Bet on the Denver Nuggets?

The Nuggets are doing great so far with four wins in five games. They return home after a 129-118 victory over the Lakers, pushing their opponents away from the Play-In Tournament. But, the hosts are not out of deep waters yet. The Nuggets have to make the most of their remaining games with a fast-approaching Utah Jazz team behind them in the standings.

Denver holds the offensive edge on paper in this matchup. The team might be slightly behind in points per game at 112.4 (tenth) but does have impressive shooting numbers. The Nuggets are the second-best shooting team in the league. They record 48.3% shooting in 79 games played. The team also holds the league-best two-point shooting statistics at 57.4%. More than that, the squad draws up solid passing numbers as well. The Nuggets average 27.8 assists per game and is the third-best record this season.

Defensively, the Nuggets fall short in several areas. Nonetheless, their stats should be enough to keep up with the Spurs. Denver averages 109.9 opponent points (14th) per game. They limit teams to 46.9% shooting (23rd) but do particularly well when defending the three-ball. They hold competitors to 34.4% three-point shooting (seventh) this season.

The hosts enter the game in full force, featuring the duo of Nikola Jokic and Aaron Gordon. Will Barton and Monte Morris are also available to provide scoring support for the Nuggets.

Spurs vs. Nuggets Betting Trends

  • The Spurs are 4-1 in the last five road games (3-2 ATS).
  • The Spurs are 1-4 in the last five games against the Nuggets (3-2 ATS).
  • The totals went over in seven of the Spurs’ last ten games against the Nuggets.
  • The Nuggets are 2-3 in the last five games at Ball Arena (1-4 ATS).
  • The Nuggets are 3-0 in the last three home games against the Spurs (1-2 ATS).
  • The totals went under in three of the Nuggets’ last five home games against the Spurs.

Spurs vs. Nuggets Expert Betting Prediction

The Spurs have plenty of pace coming into the game. They also won five of their last five road games, giving the side loads of confidence before stepping inside Ball Arena. Although they are listed as the game’s underdogs, covering the spread and stretching the Nuggets to force a win remains doable for the side. On the other hand, the Nuggets also picked up good momentum along the way. A healthy squad should help the Nuggets get ahead of the Spurs this time. Home advantage also plays to their benefit this time around after losing their previous meeting with the Texan team. Ultimately, this should make for an interesting matchup that could go down the wire.

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