San Antonio Spurs at Denver Nuggets - 4/16/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

DENVER CO- APRIL 16 Paul Millsap #4 of the Denver Nuggets dunks the ball against the San Antonio Spurs during Game Two of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs

"It's about knowing their tendencies, the spots they want to get to, the plays they like run for them".

With his team facing the possibility of falling down 0-2 to start this best-of-seven series, Jokic's encore to his triple-double playoff debut might have to include more points as the Nuggets look to free up their All-Star big man for more baskets in Game 2 on Tuesday. With Murray struggling, and the Spurs doing pretty much whatever they wanted on the offensive end, the Nuggets trailed by as many as 19 points in the middle of the third quarter.

"I was going with him". The difference here is playoff experience, as the Spurs are battle tested and are here every year, while the Nuggets are wet behind the ears and don't have many guys who have been through these wars.

After shooting 8-for-23 and missing all six of his 3-point attempts in Game 1, Murray remained an hour after that contest to get shots up on the team's practice court late into night on Saturday following Denver's 101-96 loss. Can they even the series before it heads to San Antonio?

Even with the game one win, the home team has won 10 of the last 11 meetings between the Spurs and Nuggets.

"He was so frustrated at halftime, not making shots, shots that he's made his whole career", Malone said. Murray, the team's second-leading scorer, had only two points. That's powerful. If I pull him - 'Does coach really believe in me?

"He needs this", Malone said when asked if there was any consideration to benching Murray in the fourth because he was cold. I believe in you. Really happy for Jamal and for him to step up and basically close the game out with his shot-making that he had down the stretch.

First, I'll address the glaring issue: DeRozan's shooting percentage.

DeMar DeRozan said the Spurs still felt good leaving Denver despite blowing those big leads and a big opportunity to take a 2-0 lead. "We fought, tried to get Game 2 but we've got home court shifting our way", he said. So, we feel great about where we're at. The San Antonio Spurs are allowing 21.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47 rebounds per game.

The Denver Nuggets, led by forward Nikola Jokic, host the San Antonio Spurs, led by forward Lamarcus Aldridge, at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 (4/16/19) at 9 p.m. EDT. Only four teams in National Basketball Association history did that and went on to win a seven-game series. If the Spurs are able to sneak out another win on the road against this Nuggets squad, it could be a game changer for the rest of this series and the rest of this Spurs playoffs. Jokic did have 14 rebounds and 14 assists, but he could have had almost 20 assists if his teammates hit open shots.

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