San Antonio Spurs vs Denver Nuggets: Prediction, Key Players, Injuries

By George Middleton
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The San Antonio Spurs take on the Denver Nuggets on Friday night at the AT&T Center.

The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT and will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest. The game can also be heard on the radio on WOAI 1200 AM.

This is the third matchup out of four between the teams. The Spurs won the first two games, with the most recent one being a 109-99 win on January 20th. Tony Parker led the Spurs with 18 points and 7 assists.

How will the Spurs fare against the Nuggets? We take a look at recent history, injuries, and key factors to predict the outcome of the game!

Recent Games

San Antonio Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs are 37-23 overall and 21-7 at home. The Spurs are coming off a 112-85 win against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 21 points.

Denver Nuggets

The Sacramento Kings are 22-39 overall and 9-21 on the road. The Nuggets are coming off a 100-85 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. Kenneth Faried led the Nuggets with 18 points and 14 rebounds.

Injuries

San Antonio Spurs

No significant injures.

Denver Nuggets

Jusuf Nurkic– Jusuf Nurkic is out with severe swelling on his ankle.

Key Nuggets Players

Dec 14, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard

Ty Lawson

(3) controls the ball against San Antonio Spurs guard

Cory Joseph

(5) in the second quarter at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Ty Lawson- Ty Lawson is the definition of “underrated”. The last three full seasons he’s averaged at least 16 points and 6.5 assists. This season he is averaging 16 points and 9.8 assists. Being underrated isn’t the worst thing when you’re in a conference with the likes of Steph Curry, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillard.

Danilo Gallinari– After missing a heavy portion of the season with a knee injury and starting the season slowly, Gallinari has caught a rhythm. In the last five games, Gallinari is averaging 19.2 points and 5 rebounds.

Kenneth Faried- The problem with Kenneth Faried is that he is inconsistent. An example of this is shown, when he had a three game stretch in late December posting averages of 21 points and 19.7 rebounds. The first game after the stretch he went for 4 points and 4 rebounds. If the Spurs aren’t careful a 15 point and 15 rebound game isn’t out of the question.

Prediction

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The Denver Nuggets will hang around in the game as they have a few players that are on a roll as of late (Gallinari & Will Barton). The Spurs won’t lose the game as they know every game is important, but it won’t be a blowout.

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