Free NBA Picks - San Antonio Spurs vs Denver Nuggets

Tony Parker with the ball during a preseason game

Thursday, January 5, 2017 4:44 PM GMT

Both teams have been on a scoring streak lately and while that may not continue tonight, it should at least continue for the first half. With odds of 103, our handicappers are projecting a higher scoring first half for your NBA Picks tonight.

  

San Antonio Spurs vs Denver Nuggets

 

The Spurs have been rounding into form lately and they are playing really well on both ends of the court. However, their first half defense is where I’m attacking tonight.

At home, this season the Nuggets are averaging 57 points per first half and allowing almost that much as well. With a first half total of just 103 points, it is screaming for an over play here with the Spurs coming to town.

San Antonio’s offense has been on fire lately, averaging 114 points in their last five games and 53.2 points per first half. Against a poor defensive team like the Nuggets, San Antonio could have 60 points in the first half if they wanted to.

In those last five games, the Spurs are allowing over 50 points per first half, while allowing only 97.6 points per game. That means their defense is ramping up after halftime and in the altitude, their defense may shutter some in the first half.

These two teams have yet to play one another this season, but in their final meeting late last season, they had a game that finished 102-98, but the first half score was 53-51. I see a similar first half score, with the potential for it to be higher tonight.

 

Free NBA Pick: Over 103 1H 

Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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