The daily preview muscles into the paint with NBA tips as Western Conference rivals Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs duke it out in Mile High City.
11:00 (AEST), Sat 10th Apr @ Pepsi Center, Denver
History: Played 224: Spurs 142 V Nuggets 82
Last meeting: April 7, 2021: Nuggets 106 d Spurs 96 at Pepsi Center
Final Thoughts: Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs square off for the second time in the three days.
The Nuggets claimed a 106-96 victory at Pepsi, with Nikola Jokic (25 pts, 9 reb, 10 ast) finishing a rebound short of a triple-double. Michael Porter Jr chipped in with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Back-court duo Dejounte Murray and Derrick White were the Spurs’ joint top scorers with 18. The Spurs’ won the teams’ San Antonio-hosted encounter in January 119-109.
The 33-18 Nuggets are fourth in the West and on a hot seven-game winning run. Their average winning margin on this current streak is 16.4 points.
Jamal Murray has missed the last two games with a knee complaint, but the form of Jokic, Porter Jr and recent trade acquisition Aaron Gordon has allowed the Nuggets to keep on rolling through teams.
The 24-25, ninth-placed Spurs are still on track for the Western Conference play-in tournament. But they have lost nine of their last 11 games and are 0-4 in April.
The San Antonio defence has leaked 120-plus points six times in their last 11 outings, which spells trouble up against Denver’s top-four offence. Expect another double-digit difference between the teams here.
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