Who will Gregg Popovich play and who will Popovich sit? We'll find out tonight. If Popovich finds an opening by playing an inferior squad such as the Denver Nuggets, he,may tinker with the Spurs lineup and this can affect the outcome of of the ball game. See our take on this game in what's considered somewhat of a lopsided matchup.
Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 pm ET tonight at th Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. According to SBR's live NBA odds, the San Antonio Spurs are a 4.5 point betting favorite and the total for the game is listed at 205.
Spurs Games = Injury Status Alerts
For each and every San Antonio Spurs game that you bet, you should immediately check the injury report. This is not only done for the purpose of a player suffering from an injury, but Gregg Popovich likes to sit his veteran player on back to back games and sometimes will give them a rest against a weak team.
I just checked the injury report and surprisingly, Kawhi Leonard is the only player listed and his status is questionable. This means that Pop will make the bettor wait until game time for the final verdict. The coach likes to micro-manage, but his championships speak for themselves.
Laying Down the Law
Point guard, Ty Lawson, will attempt to do this in a tough matchup against Tony Parker and an experienced Spurs team, but Lawson has evolved into one of the better point guards in the league. Some nights his shot is falling and if it isn't he has no problem in setting up his teammates.
For the season, Lawson is averaging 16 points, 10.4 assists, and 3.4 rebounds. Lawson has really come into his own as he's hitting the prime of his career. The Nuggets need to get more support for Lawson, but for the time being, look for Lawson to set up guys like Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler and when the shots available, he's not afraid to take it. Lawson should also give Tony Parker trouble on the defensive end.
Even though the Heat aren't the same team anymore without Lebron James, the Nuggets have to feel quite good about themselves as they put a 20 point beating on the Heat in their last game. Opposing players have difficulty adjusting to the altitude level in Denver, but this was a pure beating as Denver outscored Miami 31-14 in the 3rd quarter to take control of the game. With player like Kenneth Faried and Alonzo Gee coming off the bench, this gives the Nuggets an added advantage as the second team fits in well with the starters for this particular club.
The Spurs are also very similar in that way. Any player, whether its a bench player or starter, can have a big game for San Antonio and it helps keep players like Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili fresh,
Denver has the 9th ranked offense in the league and possesses one of the best rebounding teams in the NBA. This sounds like a call for the best power forward in NBA history.
The Big Fundamental
Tim Duncan could've quit a long time ago and his legacy as the one of the all-time greats in the game is already be etched in stone, but Duncan feels that it's his duty to teach the younger guys and the pursuit of another championship doesn't hurt also.
Duncan is coming off of a 19 point, 18 rebound effort in a surprising loss to a lousy Los Angeles Lakers defense in overtime, 112-110. Don't look for that to affect him here. He's had a day's rest and although his glass work and timely shooting are mandatory for this game, Gregg Popovich will monitor the situation and Duncan appears to be ageless.
When making your NBA picks keep int mind that the Spurs have a really deep team. Guys like Cory Joseph, Manu Ginobili, and Marco Belinelli, have been playing really well as of late and in the end, it might just be too much for a team like Denver to handle. San Antonio is more concerned about the post-season than the regular season, but I don't think that they want to lose to 2 poor, sub.500 teams back to back.
Free NBA Pick: San Antonio -4.5 at 5Dimes