2021-10-23
San Antonio Spurs
Denver Nuggets
League : NBA

Denver Nuggets vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction & Preview



 

 

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The San Antonio Spurs go on the road to tip-off against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena in Colorado on Friday evening. The Spurs were victorious against the Orlando Magic 123-97 on Wednesday. The Nuggets defeated the Suns on the road in impressive fashion 110-98 as 6 point underdogs. The Nuggets open this game up as home favorites. 

Nuggets Prepare Without Murray

The Denver Nuggets are entering the 2021-22 season with true NBA Championship aspirations. But before they can claim to be contenders, they have some questions that need answers. Jamal Murray remains out for the foreseeable future after tearing his ACL last season, and the Nuggets need both Michael Porter Jr. and Aaron Gordon to take a large step forward as players in order to succeed at a high level. Without Porter helping fill in for the loss of Murray’s scoring and also helping pick up the defensive slack, the Nuggets will have a tough time being the best version of themselves.

 

It was very clear Denver ran out of gas against the Phoenix Suns last season. Even Nikola Jokic, one of the NBA’s Ironmen, looked more exhausted on the court than ever before. Depth will be an issue until Murray is able to come back and carry the offensive load. The Nuggets have the offensive firepower to compete with every single team in the West, they just need to pull it all together and avoid devastating injuries like the one to Murray last year. It will be interesting to watch.

 

Spurs Hopeful Murray Carries Load

San Antonio lost the play-in game last season, finishing as the 10th seed in the Western Conference. The Spurs (33-39) had a playoff appearance streak of 22 straight seasons, but have missed the postseason for consecutive years. San Antonio lost leading scorer DeMar DeRozan to Chicago in the offseason and will turn to Dejounte Murray (15.7 ppg in 2020) to be their primary scorer.

 

Although making the play-in game last season, they finished the year losing eight of their last 10 games and looking worn-down from shuffling various lineups. With DeRozan gone, expect Derrick White and Murray to carry the offensive load until they can develop some front-court playmakers. They played well against the Magic on Wednesday night and will hope to build on that for this matchup with Denver.







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