San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets, 4/16/19 NBA Predictions & Odds

Jose Verdugo
Abril 17, 2019

They had the ball with 6.9 seconds left and needed a 3 even though they were just 6 for 28 from the arc.

Murray, who shot just 8-23 from the field in game 1, missed his first 8 shots in game 2.

The Denver Nuggets, the second seed in the Western Conference, were down by 16 points to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night and about 18 minutes away from falling into a disastrous 0-2 hole.

According to oddsmakers, the Nuggets are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -7 points against the Spurs.

"We had to have this one", Denver's Paul Millsap said. Finally, he found his touch, scoring 21 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter. Denver's Game 1 loss wasn't all Murray's fault, but he certainly didn't step up when they needed him.

"He's such a great midrange player, so you have to stay disciplined, stay down on his shot fakes".

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"First of many for Jamal Murray", Malone added of the point guard's playoff performance. In 2016, DeRozan's field goal percentage plummeted from 44.6 percent to 39.4 percent, in 2017 it fell from 46.7 percent to 43.4 percent, and a year ago in 2018 his average declined from 45.6 percent to 43.7 percent, which marks DeRozan's highest shooting percentage over five postseason appearances. After each team missed, Malik Beasley hit a 3-pointer and Murray split a pair of free throws to cap an 11-0 run. And believe me, there will be a moment when the Spurs need him to. "We did that a couple of times in the first game but have to work on our technique a little bit and be a little better for it tonight".

When it comes to guarding Aldridge, Craig is more than aware of the damage that the seven-time All-Star can cause in the midrange and low post areas. "He's big, strong and skilled, so doubling him definitely affected his shot attempts (in game 1)". The key was to continue to take shots.

After the game, head coach Mike Malone made it clear that he never thought about benching Murray during his mini slump. Mixing up the double team, making up the one on one coverage.

"I was going with him". The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 101 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 96 points on 42 percent shooting. The two teams traded baskets for much of the fourth quarter, with the Nuggets tying the game with six minutes left and taking the lead for good minutes later.

"It's part of being disciplined and knowing who is in the game and knowing personnel", Craig said. "When you have two bigs that are so big for your team, it's going to be like that", Aldridge said. The Spurs have been terrible on the road for majority of the season and the Nuggets have been one of the best covering home teams. With the defensive game plan identified and practiced, it will now come down to execution, as it usually does in the playoffs.

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