Spurs-Nuggets Game 1 Betting Preview: Is San Antonio Undervalued?
Photo credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: LaMarcus Aldridge and Gregg Popovich
Game 1 Betting Odds: San Antonio Spurs at Denver Nuggets
- Spread: Nuggets -5.5
- Over/Under: 211
- Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
- TV Channel: ESPN
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The young Denver Nuggets will host Gregg Popovich and the veteran San Antonio Spurs for Game 1 of this first-round series.
Is there any value on today’s spread? Our analysts discuss.
Betting Trend to Know
The Spurs have been a good bet to cover in the playoffs when favored. Since 2005, San Antonio is 70-50-4 ATS as chalk but 29-37 ATS as underdogs. — John Ewing
Mears: How I’m Handicapping Tonight’s Matchup
For most of the season, the Nuggets looked like a much superior team. But they dropped to just eighth in the league with a +3.7 point differential over the last half of the season — tied with Oklahoma City.
They’ve had some really weird games lately, and Nikola Jokic has been a bit all over the place.
Perhaps they’ll reach their full potential and get back to their early-season success, but there’s a lot of uncertainty here, especially with a team led by guys mostly 25 and younger. This is mostly their first taste of playoff basketball, and I’m worried that they’re not entering that battleground 100 percent together and playing their best.
Meanwhile, the Spurs are just so darn solid.
DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge won’t be scared of the moment, and Popovich’s playoff record is unquestioned at this point. Nuggets coach Mike Malone is a frontrunner for Coach of the Year (and rightfully so), but that’s more because of his leadership and ability to develop players.
I think when it comes to managing things in-game, Pop still has a decided coaching edge.
I think there’s a bit of value on the Spurs at +5.5 here. I still like the Nuggets to win the series — if they lose outright today, they’ll have a nice series price — but the Spurs are a bit undervalued in tonight’s game. — Bryan Mears