San Antonio Spurs vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 10/22/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Antonio Spurs vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Friday, October 22, 2021
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: San Antonio (+8)
The San Antonio Spurs (1-0) are traveling to Ball Arena on Friday where they will try to defeat the Denver Nuggets (1-0). Denver opens as 8-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under comes in at 219.
The Spurs stepped onto the hardwood against the Magic and notched a win by a score of 123-97 in their last contest. San Antonio ended the contest with a 50.0% field goal percentage (49 of 98) and converted 13 of their 30 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the free throw line, the Spurs converted 12 of 18 attempts for a rate of 66.7%. When talking about rebounding, they earned a total of 43 with 13 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 32 assists in this game while creating 6 turnovers and getting 8 steals. When discussing the defense, San Antonio allowed the other team to go 40.7% from the field on 35 of 86 shooting. Orlando totaled 44 dimes and had 17 steals for this game. Furthermore, Orlando grabbed 31 rebounds (13 offensive, 18 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Orlando finished shooting 78.3% at the free throw line by making 18 of 23 attempts. They also knocked down 9 of 29 shots from beyond the arc.
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Devin Vassell is one guy who was a factor for the matchup. He ended up with 19 points on 8 out of 12 shooting. He saw the court for 25 minutes and collected 2 rebounds. Vassell ended up shooting 66.7% from the floor and earned 5 assists.
San Antonio enters this one after finishing with a win-loss record of 1-0 last year. They averaged 111.1 points per contest (20th in the NBA) while shooting 46.2% from the field. The Spurs hit on 35.0% on shots beyond the perimeter (716 of 2,046) and 79.2% from the free throw line. As a basketball team, San Antonio collected 43.9 rebounds per contest and sat with 1,759 dimes last year, which was 16th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. They coughed up possession 11.4 times per contest and as a group committed 18.0 fouls every game. When they were on defense, the Spurs forced their opponents into 13.2 turnovers per game and they drew 18.6 personal fouls. They were 14th in basketball in allowing assists 1,784 conceded last year. The Spurs defensively allowed an opponent shooting percentage of 47.2% (3,055 of 6,469) and they conceded 47.4 boards per contest as a squad. They relinquished 37.7% on 3-point shots and they were ranked 19th in the league in points per game from their opponents (112.8).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Nuggets walked away with a victory by a final of 110-98 when they faced the Suns. The Nuggets were able to pull down 40 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 46 for the game. They also coughed it up 17 times, while recording 9 steals for this contest. The Suns were called for 18 personal fouls in the game which got the Nuggets to the charity stripe for a total of 9 attempts. They were able to convert 5 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 55.6%. In relation to shots from distance, Denver converted 17 of 39 tries (43.6%). Overall, the Nuggets went 44 out of 83 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 53.0%. The Nuggets allowed the Suns to make 36 of their 87 tries from the field which left them with a rate of 41.4% for the matchup. They finished 37.8% from downtown by shooting 14 out of 37 and finished the game at 12 of 17 from the free throw line (70.6%). When discussing team rebounding, Denver allowed Phoenix to snag 34 in total (11 offensive).
Nikola Jokic pitched in for the Nuggets in this contest. He converted 13 of 22 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 59.1%, and earned 13 rebounds. Jokic recorded 27 points in his 35 minutes on the court and tallied 2 dimes for this game.
Denver had a mark of 1-0 last year. The Nuggets committed 19.1 fouls per contest while shooting 80.3% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists was at 26.8 times per game (5th in the NBA) and they coughed up possession 13.5 times per game. Denver scored 8,284 pts last year (115.1 per contest) and they pulled down 44.4 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Nuggets connected on 48.5% from the floor, which was ranked 4th in basketball. The Nuggets on the defensive end were ranked 8th in the NBA in points given up per game with 110.1. They forced 14.1 turnovers per game and allowed teams to shoot 46.9% from the floor (18th in the NBA). The Denver defense gave up 36.3% on shots from 3-point land (934 of 2,570) and their opponents converted on 77.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They gave up 25.9 assists and 41.2 rebounds on a nightly basis, which had them ranked 24th and 2nd in those categories on the defensive end.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Denver (-8) and under 219 points
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