Spurs vs Nuggets 2019 NBA Playoffs Odds & Pick for Game 5.

Spurs vs Nuggets 2019 NBA Playoffs Odds & Pick for Game 5

Written by on April 23, 2019

Heading into Game 5 on Tuesday night, the second-seeded Denver Nuggets and No. 7 San Antonio Spurs have taken turns collecting wins in what has become a very tight first-round series. While Denver is the higher seed and NBA Betting favorite, Gregg Popovich’s team carries a lot more postseason experience that has helped them reach this point in the season. They may enter as the No. 7 seed, but it’s not as if they’re the clear-cut underdog. They won two of their four games vs. the Nuggets this season and went 32-9 at home. Furthermore, head coach Gregg Popovich coached his 278th playoff game in Game 1, while Nuggets head coach Michael Malone coached his first postseason game.

Spurs vs Nuggets 2019 NBA Playoffs Odds & Pick for Game 5

Denver has the Youth

Denver is the youngest team in the NBA playoffs — heck, it’s the Nuggets’ first appearance in the postseason since 2013 and they’ll be looking for their first playoff series victory since 2009. In other words, this No. 2 seed features a bunch of players, well, everyone outside of Paul Millsap, that literally have no experience on the big stage. Behind strong performances from Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, Denver was able to reclaim home-court advantage after overcoming a double-digit deficit in Game 4 en route to a 117-103 win. The Nuggets now turn their sights toward defending their home court, once again, in Game 5. The Nuggets won the last matchup 117-103. Nikola Jokic scored 29 points to lead Denver to the victory and LaMarcus Aldridge recorded 24 points in defeat for San Antonio. The Nuggets are 34-18 in Western Conference games. Denver is sixth in the NBA allowing 106.7 points per game and holding opponents to 45.8 percent shooting.

Spurs Playoff Tested

The Spurs have gone 30-22 against Western Conference opponents. San Antonio is the league leader in 3-point percentage, shooting 39.2 percent as a team from downtown this season. Davis Bertans paces them shooting 42.9 percent from 3-point range. Aldridge leads the Spurs averaging 21.3 points and has added 9.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. DeMar DeRozan has averaged 19.8 points and totaled 5.1 rebounds while shooting 51.6 percent over the last 10 games for San Antonio.

Nuggets Edge Spurs

This is the most intriguing first-round series of the NBA playoffs. These two teams were so evenly matched during their regular-season matchups with two of the four games being dictated by a combined total of four points. Furthermore, when you combine the Nuggets’ dominance at home (34-7) with the Spurs’ own success on their home floor, this becomes a bit of a toss-up for me, a matter of who stole the first road game. I give the slight edge in the series to the Nuggets, mostly because they now have home court advantage and also the deeper bench of the two teams. If I had to take a stab at it, I’d say the Nuggets will win at home by a score of 111 – 108. This game will be competitive, compelling, and entertaining, but someone’s gotta win.