Take The Spurs To Blow Out The Nuggets Tonight

Manu Ginobili

Thursday, January 19, 2017 1:07 PM GMT

The Denver Nuggets have been putting up points at an unreal rate and tonight they take their high-octane offense into San Antonio. The Spurs have been made a large home favorite but can Denver offensively hang in with one of the league’s best teams?

Denver Nuggets

Denver is averaging 109.7 points per game which ranks them fourth in the NBA along with ranking third and fifth in the league in points in the paint and field goals made per game respectively. As far as their recent games are concerned Denver has been scoring at an exponential rate averaging over 130 points per game their last three contests. However, tonight they are not facing any kind of pushover defensively but in fact, are taking on arguably the best defensive team in the league in San Antonio. The biggest issue for the Nuggets though is on the other side of the ball where they rank in the bottom five of the league in just about every defensive category. Currently, Denver is allowing opponents to shoot 47.2% from the floor and 51.3% on their two-point shots both of which ranks them 28th in the NBA. Because of their tempo, they also are allowing 41.6 field goals made per game which ranks them second to last in the league. Although they have been putting up a lot of points I've a hard time thinking they're going to hang in at San Antonio with their poor defense and this has blowout written all over it.

San Antonio Spurs

The machine keeps rolling in San Antonio and currently, the Spurs are averaging 107.1 points per game which rank them eighth in the league. Offensively, although they do not push a lot of tempo ranking third to last in the league in attempts, they have been extremely efficient shooting 48.1% overall and 41.5% from distance which ranks them second and first in the league respectively. They also rank third in the league in shooting efficiency and effective field-goal percentage. I am anticipating they will have little resistance tonight against one of the worst defenses in the NBA. On the other side of the ball slowly but surely they are starting to establish themselves as one of the best defensive teams in the league and currently rank third and fourth in the NBA in opponent three-point shooting percentage and field goals made per game respectively. Most likely this game will be relatively close the first half but look for San Antonio to pull away in the second and win this game by about 20 points.

NBA Odds

Oddsmakers have come out making San Antonio a -12.5 favorite, and for my NBA pick, I will back the Spurs. Expect no mercy from them tonight and look for a blowout.

Free NBA Pick: Spurs -12.5

Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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