The San Antonio Spurs continue a very tough stretch of their schedule by facing the Denver Nuggets. After an overtime win against the Utah Jazz, the Spurs faced the Houston Rockets (96-95 loss), and now get the Nuggets, the Los Angeles Clippers, the defending champion Miami Heat (currently on a 27 game winning streak), the Memphis Grizzlies, with a brief respite facing the Orlando Magic before heading to the Oklahoma City Thunder on the end of a FOGAFINI.
Now on the oppenent: The Nuggets have been the beneficiary of a recent 15 game winning streak, including two wins over the Oklahoma City Thunder to secure the season series, only to see it come to an end against the New Orleans Hornets, the soon-to-be Pelicans, in a game where they rained threes and the Nuggets' lack of outside shooting lost them the game. This is primarily due to starting poing guard Ty Lawson sitting out the past few games with an injured Achilles. Without him, the Nuggets lose their fastest player, their best dribble penetrator, and their best outside shooter. Although Andre Miller is a better floor general and a great coordinator in a half-court set (not to mention his mastery of the lob pass), he nevertheless is 37 years old and doesn't rely on quickness, instead using his court vision and post game to generate points. Thus, the Spurs may find it better to play fast against the team with the most dunks in the association.
Of course, outside shooting will be the key for the Spurs in this game. The Nuggets will always be more athletic than them, and they attack the paint with gusto, using the fast break, second chances, and off-ball cuts to generate close shots. However, in the modern NBA, every team needs an outside shooter to have a chance of contending, and the Spurs have their fair share of shooters. Even better, should Manu Ginobili find his groove back after this game, the Spurs' chances of winning the West will improve.
Nuggets perspective can be found here: Denver Stiffs
Game Prediction: Spurs by 6.
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