Denver Nuggets VS San Antonio Spurs (Game 6) Thursday 04/25/19
The Denver Nuggets visit the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday game six of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at the AT&T Center.
After losing two of the first three games to the No. 7 San Antonio Spurs, Denver has won two consecutive games, including a 108-90 Game 5 victory on Tuesday night, and now hold a 3-2 lead The Denver Nuggets are averaging 108.6 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 103.4 points on 46.1 percent shooting
The Nuggets would take a 14-11 lead in the first quarter and wouldn’t look back in front of boisterous crowd at Pepsi Center. The hosts would build their advantage to 30 points in the third quarter. Their defense continued their strong recent showing as they held the visitors to 41.1 percent shooting.
Jamal Murray led the way for the Nuggets 23 points and seven assists in the win. Nikola Jokic continued his near-triple-double series average with 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in 32 minutes.
Barton finish the game with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists on 63.6 percent shooting. It was a return to form for the 28-year-old, who shot 29.3 percent from the field in the first four games of the first round.
The Spurs, who were led by 17 points apiece from stars LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan in the losing effort, will now head home and try to stave off elimination in Game 6 on Thursday.
Jakob Poeltl scored 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting in Game 5 and is 18-of-27 in the series. Derrick White struggled the past two games – averaging 10 points on 8-of-19 shooting after his career-best 36-point outing on 15-of-21 shooting in Game 3.
When you take a look at both teams, it’s clear that the Nuggets have more depth. Monte Morris and Malik Beasley are younger, fresher and better than the Spurs’ Patty Mills and Marco Belinelli. But the latter two have a lot more experience and a proven track record in the playoffs, with Mills having made 83 playoff appearances and Belinelli appearing in 58 of his own. Morris and Beasley have a combined zero playoff appearances.
Denver can also shift to the energetic Mason Plumlee (7.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game this season) in relief of Jokic, who could prove to be instrumental when both teams insert their second units in.
5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against San Antonio.
5-5 ATS in their last 10 games.
1-6 ATS in their last 7 games at home.
1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Western Conference.
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