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San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets Predictions and Preview for 4/5/2022

San Antonio Spurs takes on Denver Nuggets on 4/5/2022 at 09:10 PM.

The San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets face off in an important game for both teams. San Antonio Spurs has a record of 33-45 this regular season. Denver Nuggets is 47-32 this regular season. Both have players to meet and know.

San Antonio Spurs Team Defense Preview


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You should not have high expectations considering their defensive efficiency is 112.2, but relatively speaking it is still a rather average defense. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is.

They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of their opponents. They are quite average in their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim. Making the easy shots hard is what this team does to opponents, among the best in the NBA.

This is not a team that excels at forcing live ball turnovers. Either the personnel or strategy is not there.

San Antonio Spurs Team Offense Preview




You should not have high expectations considering their offensive efficiency is 112.4, but relatively speaking it is still a slightly above-average offense. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just an offensive efficiency rating. They play a pace that is considered faster than average, but this is not a team that is having a track meet.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .556 which is considered to be below average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .527, which is considered to be below average. They attempt .346 of their shots from three point range. The three point shot is just not as important to this offense. They made .351 of their shots from three point range. They would be considered below average from beyond the arc. They made .753 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They would be considered below average from the charity stripe.

They successfully retrieved 24.1% of their missed shots. They are a slightly above average rebounding team.

Denver Nuggets Team Defense Preview

You should not have high expectations considering their defensive efficiency is 111.9, but relatively speaking it is still a rather average defense. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is.

They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of their opponents. Their defensive efforts at keeping offenses from getting to the rim should not go unnoticed. The defensive lapses yielding dunks, layups, and tip-ins are prevalent.

This is not a team that excels at forcing live ball turnovers. Either the personnel or strategy is not there.

Denver Nuggets Team Offense Preview


You should not have high expectations considering their offensive efficiency is 114.5, but relatively speaking it is still a slightly above-average offense. Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. This is a slower than average team when it comes to the pace of play.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .590 which is considered to be above average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .556, which is considered to be above average. They attempt .417 of their shots from three point range. They fall right around average in the NBA. They made .355 of their shots from three point range. They are a slightly above average three point shooting team. They made .795 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are a slightly above average Free Throw shooting team.

They have an offensive rebounding rate of 21.9% this season. They are a below average rebounding team.

The San Antonio Spurs Roster

The Players to Watch for San Antonio Spurs

Dejounte Murray 6-4 180 PG

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

One of the best distributors in the NBA, he sets up his teammates like few others. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Keldon Johnson 6-5 220 SF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Jakob Poeltl 7-1 245 C

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

Getting to the rim is important to him. Shooting three point shots is either a rarity or it never happens, he gets his work done in the paint. His sharpshooting from three point range makes him a must-stop for opponents. He is one of the best in the NBA from downtown. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. Fouling him is probably better than letting him get two points on a drive or post-up. The Free Throw Line is an adventure for him and everyone is there to watch.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He finds a way to get second and third chance opportunity for his team.

The Denver Nuggets Roster

The Players to Watch for Denver Nuggets

Nikola Jokić 6-11 284 C

He is an MVP candidate this season and a player you must know.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

One of the best distributors in the NBA, he sets up his teammates like few others. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He makes an effort to get offensive rebounds, but he is not a leader in this metric.

Aaron Gordon 6-8 235 PF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. On the offensive glass, he is generally average. Nothing stands out.

Will Barton 6-6 181 SG

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: San Antonio Spurs 109 Denver Nuggets 112

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