San Antonio Spurs vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 4/7/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Antonio Spurs vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
TV: Altitude 2
Odds/Point Spread: San Antonio (+4.5)
The San Antonio Spurs (24-24) are headed to Ball Arena on Wednesday where they'll meet the Denver Nuggets (31-18). The spread on this matchup has Denver as 4.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 223.
The San Antonio Spurs took the court against the Cleveland Cavaliers and went home with a loss by a final score of 125-101 in their last game. San Antonio finished the game with a 42.2% field goal percentage (35 of 83) and buried 5 out of their 26 3-pointers. At the free throw line, the Spurs buried 26 of 32 shots for a percentage of 81.3%. In regard to grabbing rebounds, they collected 38 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 22 assists for this game while forcing the opposition into 6 turnovers and having 4 steals. In regard to the defense, San Antonio allowed the other team to shoot 52.3% from the floor on 45 out of 86 shooting. Cleveland dished out 29 assists and had 5 steals for this game. Moreover, Cleveland snagged 47 rebounds (7 offensive, 40 defensive) and added 3 rejections. Cleveland finished the game at 85.2% at the charity stripe by making 23 of their 27 shots. They converted 12 of 34 tries from distance.
DeMar DeRozan is one guy who was a major factor for the matchup. He scored 20 points on 4 out of 9 shooting. He played for 26:49 mins played and also collected 4 rebounds. DeRozan ended up shooting 44.4% from the floor and also totaled 2 assists. Someone else that came through in this contest for the Spurs was Derrick White. He pulled down 3 rebounds in 28:24 minutes on the hardwood. He ended up going 25.0% from the floor for this contest by hitting 4-of-16 (13 points). When the final whistle was blown, White earned 6 assists.
San Antonio comes into this contest with a mark of 24-24 for the season. The Spurs are connecting on 35.7% on three-point attempts (504 of 1,412) and 78.5% from the charity stripe. They average 110.5 points per contest (21st in the league) while shooting 45.9% from the floor. They are turning it over 11.4 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 17.6 personal fouls every game. As a unit, San Antonio is collecting 44.0 boards per contest and has totaled 1,167 assists so far this season, which has them ranked 22nd in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. On defense, the Spurs are forcing 13.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.5 fouls. They concede 37.9% on 3-point shots and they are ranked 18th in the NBA in opponents PPG (112.0). The Spurs are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 46.9% (639 of 887) and they relinquish 47.6 boards per game as a unit. They are ranked 11th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,187 surrendered on the campaign.
In their last game, the Denver Nuggets got the win with a final of 119-109 against the Orlando Magic. The Nuggets corralled 35 defensive rebounds and 19 offensive boards for a total of 54 in this game. They also turned it over 14 times, while getting 6 steals for the matchup. The Magic were called for 26 fouls in this game which took the Nuggets to the charity stripe for a total of 31 attempts. They were able to make 24 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 77.4%. Concerning shots from beyond the perimeter, Denver knocked down 9 out of 29 tries (31.0%). When the game finished, the Nuggets ended up shooting 43 out of 88 from the field which had them shooting 48.9%. The Nuggets allowed the Magic to make 42 out of 89 tries from the floor which had them shooting 47.2% for the game. They finished 37.1% from three-point range by going 13 out of 35 and walked away from this one shooting 12 out of 17 at the charity stripe (70.6%). In the matter of team rebounding, Denver permitted Orlando to grab 36 in all (10 offensive).
Aaron Gordon ended up having an impact for the Nuggets in this contest. He knocked down 10 out of 13 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 76.9%, and accumulated 7 rebounds. Gordon had 24 points in his 34:34 mins on the court and had 2 dimes in the matchup. One more player who came through for Denver was Jamal Murray. He finished this one with 4 assists in 37:04 minutes played, and he knocked down 7 out of 18 from the floor. Murray ended up shooting 38.9% from the field and also collecting 22 points and 5 total rebounds.
Denver has a win-loss record of 31-18 for the campaign. As an offense, the Nuggets are shooting 48.8% from the floor, which ranks 3rd in the league. Denver has accounted for 5,650 points for the campaign (115.3 per game) and they average 44.3 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 27.0 times per game (3rd in the league) and they turn it over 13.4 times per contest. The Nuggets are committing 18.8 fouls per game and they connect on 78.4% from the free throw line. The Nuggets are ranked 9th in basketball in points given up per game with 110.0. The Denver defense concedes 36.2% on 3-pointers (636 of 1,755) and opponents are connecting on 77.5% of their shots from the free throw line. They relinquish 26.2 dimes and 41.3 rebounds on a nightly basis, ranking them 28th and 3rd in basketball. They are forcing 14.1 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.8% from the field (18th in the NBA).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Denver (-4.5) and under 223 points
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