Free NBA Picks ATS: Spurs vs. Nuggets

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 4:09 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 4:09 PM UTC

Assuming everyone is out there on the court, we should be in for a treat when the Spurs take on the Nuggets in Denver tonight. Who should we favor with our NBA picks?

Odds Overview
The Spurs are favored by eight points on the NBA betting odds and that number could continue to rise throughout the day, as it's already shot up to eight after opening at seven. Keep checking back with Sportsbook Review's odds handicapping monitoring service so that you can get the best possible number.

For those of you wanting to make a play on the total, the number is at 205 as of now. We should be seeing a nice tempo between these teams, especially with San Antonio trying to get back in the swing of things.


Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets have been playing a little better as a whole after a rough start, but they've still been far too inconsistent for our liking. They've gone through a lot of winning and losing streaks and haven't been able to make up much of any ground in the loaded Western Conference.

After a five-game winning streak earlier this month, Denver has gone on to lose three in a row heading into tonight. The Nuggets fell on the road to the Mavericks and Warriors and also lost to Minnesota at home court in between, so it's been a rough week or so for Denver. The Nuggets have dropped to 18-23 overall because of the losing streak.

Oh, they also lost by 43 points yesterday. There's that, too. Denver got torn apart by Golden State on MLK Day, scoring a measly 79 points while watching on helplessly as the Warriors poured in 122 points. It was a total massacre, so the spirits around the Denver camp can't be all that peachy right now. It's going to be interesting to see what kind of energy the Nuggets come out with after that embarrassment yesterday.

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San Antonio Spurs
Don't forget about the champs when placing your NBA picks, guys. The Spurs are getting their guys back and you know Gregg Popovich is going to want to get them playing together regularly again in preparation for the postseason. With San Antonio jostling for good playoff position and not possessing all that great of a record, we don't anticipate seeing the Spurs resting as much, unless they go on a huge run and that can afford to do so again. A slow start has hindered those chances, though.

You'll notice the Spurs have been winning a lot more recently, and that's a trend that should continue now that their all-around health is better. These guys have won three straight games, having topped Charlotte, Portland and Utah thus far, one good team surrounded by a couple squads that have struggled. 

It looks like Pop is giving recently returned Kawhi Leonard his regular minutes, and the playing time seems to be solidying for Tony Parker too, who's working his way back into game shape. Duncan continues to play well and perform whenever he's on the court, and the likes of Danny Green, Manu Ginobili and Borias Diaw have stepped up this season too. Look for San Antonio to go on a run here.


NBA Pick
We're going to assume the Spurs aren't going to be resting guys here tonight. They're not playing their second game in as many nights and therefore don't need to give the older guys another night off. 

Of course, Denver played yesterday, and they got absolutely destroyed by the Warriors and now have to contend with the reigning champions.

All signs are pointing towards a big San Antonio win, that is if Leonard, Parker and company are all a go. We like the Spurs to not only win, but win by at least nine points on their way to a cover for their backers.

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