Joe D'Amico's NBA ESPN Spurs/Nuggets Showdown Winner
San Antonio vs. Denver,
04/10/2013 22:30 EDT,
Score: 86 - 96
Point Spread: -3/-110 Denver
Today's winner is Denver over San Antonio.
The Nuggets are a league-best 35-3 SU at home, sporting an astounding 26-12 ATS mark, and outscoring visitors by an average of 10.6 PPG. Denver has won 4 straight and 19 of their L21 overall, covering 9 of their L12 as a host. In this season's series, the home team has won each of the three meetings but Denver has covered the L2. The Nuggets are just a half-game ahead of the Grizzlies for the #3 seed . They will be without Gallinari again however, Chandler filled in on Saturday and put up 21 points on the Rockets. San Antonio is 2-3 SU their L5 and 2-7 ATS their L9. They most-likely will be without Parker and Diaw and as you know have been missing Ginobili due to a hamstring injury. Despite holding a half-game on OKC, the rumor mill is saying that HC Popovich is more concerned with getting his aging team healthy for the post-season rather than finishing in the top spot. To the Spurs it doesn't matter if they face the #8 or the #7 seed. Even without Gallinari and already sidelined Lawson, the Nuggets still have seven players posting 8 or more points per game while Iguodola, Chandler, Faried, McGee, and Koufos are accounting for just about 31 boards a game. This play makes sense. To the Spurs, they need their core healthy come playoff time as the Nuggets have stomped everything in their path over the last two months and want that #3 spot. The Spurs are 0-4 ATS their L4 games played vs. the Northwest and 1-7 ATS their L8 games played vs. teams with a winning record. The Nuggets are 11-3 ATS their L14games played against the Southwest and 20-8 ATS their L28 games played vs. teams with a winning percentage of over .600. Take Denver. Thank you.