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San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets Preview and Predictions 04-23-2019 in NBA


The Denver Nuggets look to follow up a strong performance when they host the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5 of the Western Conference first-round series on Tuesday. The second-seeded Nuggets forged a 2-2 tie in the matchup when they made 15 3-pointers in Saturday's 117-103 road win over the Spurs.

All-Star center Nikola Jokic had 29 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in Game 4 and point guard Jamal Murray was in solid form with 24 points and six assists. "This was a collective effort," Murray told reporters after the victory. "We all believed in each other and know what we're capable of doing." The seventh-seeded Spurs led by 12 points after the opening stanza before being outscored 95-69 the rest of the way in a highly disappointing showing. "Overall, the Nuggets competed, and we did not," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters. "Their physicality was obvious from the get-go. We knew that was gonna happen, and we did not respond."

TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, NBATV, FS Southwest (San Antonio), Altitude (Denver) LINE: Nuggets -5.5

ABOUT THE SPURS: Point guard Derrick White had his first subpar outing of the series in Game 4 as he scored just eight points on 3-of-8 shooting after averaging 23 points on 29-of-42 over the first three contests. White had a career-best outing in Game 3 when he scored 36 points on 15-of-21 shooting but he was outplayed by Murray in Game 4 while key bench performers Rudy Gay (two points on 0-of-7 shooting) and Marco Belinelli (three points, 1-of-5) also contributed little. Power forward LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and nine rebounds while shooting guard DeMar DeRozan scored 19 points before being ejected with 5:01 remaining in the contest.



ABOUT THE NUGGETS: Coach Michael Malone inserted forward Torrey Craig into the lineup in place of struggling Will Barton and the move paid dividends as Craig knocked down five 3-pointers while recording 18 points and eight rebounds. "Now, he's not just a one-trick pony," Malone said of Craig after Game 4. "He finishes, he rebounds, he defends and obviously, he can make the 3-point shot. His confidence in shooting that ball is very high and obviously allowing him to shoot it." Barton scored 12 points off the bench and hit all three of his 3-point attempts after going 1-of-13 over the first three games.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. DeRozan was fined $25,000 for "recklessly throwing the basketball" in the direction of official Scott Foster in the fourth quarter of Game 4 -- the act that got him ejected.

2. Murray is averaging 24 points on 16-of-31 shooting in Denver's two victories, and averaging 11.5 on 10-of-29 shooting in its two setbacks.

3. Gay is just 4-of-24 from the floor over the past three contests after being 6-of-9 in Game 1.

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Pepsi Center
Denver, Colorado, USA.
Capacity: 19,155

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denver-nuggets Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Nikola Jokic 80 80 1604 580 40 1206 616 352 289 270 83 228
Jamal Murray 75 74 1367 363 48 1173 513 223 189 414 152 65
Malik Beasley 81 18 917 97 35 737 349 66 56 405 163 35
Paul Millsap 70 65 883 141 33 665 322 249 181 159 58 153
Monte Morris 82 6 851 297 22 702 346 81 65 227 94 35
Defensive
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Nikola Jokic 80 80 637 55 108 248 228 9
Mason Plumlee 82 17 359 76 66 126 252 3
Paul Millsap 70 65 352 54 83 95 183 3
Jamal Murray 75 74 252 27 67 158 153 3
Trey Lyles 63 2 202 23 30 68 93 1

san-antonio-spurs Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
LaMarcus Aldridge 81 81 1727 194 56 1319 684 412 349 42 10 251
DeMar DeRozan 77 77 1635 475 36 1313 631 441 366 45 7 54
Bryn Forbes 82 81 967 175 24 791 361 78 69 413 176 18
Rudy Gay 69 51 946 182 31 746 376 147 120 184 74 63
Marco Belinelli 79 1 829 132 24 690 285 124 112 395 147 16
Defensive
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
LaMarcus Aldridge 81 81 493 107 43 144 179 1
DeMar DeRozan 77 77 408 36 86 199 177 11
Rudy Gay 69 51 407 34 54 114 159 3
Davis Bertans 76 12 241 33 35 43 133 3
Jakob Poeltl 77 24 232 68 29 48 124 1