After the events of the regular season’s final day, the San Antonio Spurs officially know their first round opponent will be the Denver Nuggets.
The San Antonio Spurs controlled their matchup with the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night to secure the seventh seed in the Western Conference after Oklahoma City took care of business in Milwaukee.
The two, three, and four seeds were up for grabs in the final slate of games.
The Nuggets trailed the shorthanded Timberwolves at home for 46 minutes, but completed a furious comeback to clinch the two seed in the West.
We’ve written about how San Antonio could be primed for an upset if these two teams were to meet in the playoffs, and we’ll get to see how that matchup plays out in the first round.
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The Spurs and Nuggets split their season series 2-2 with each team winning their two games at home.
Both San Antonio and Denver hold two of the top home records in the league and they’ve been much different teams on the road this season.
If that trend holds true in the playoffs, Denver would have the edge with a potential Game Seven at home in the Pepsi Center.
Neither of these teams were playing their best basketball at the end of the season, but that isn’t always an indicator of postseason success.
The Spurs have a clear advantage in playoff experience with LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan having gone through the playoff crucible numerous times and Gregg Popovich coaching in his 22nd consecutive postseason.
That veteran know-how could give San Antonio an edge early on in the series as many of the Nuggets’ most important players have little to no postseason experience.
Stealing a game in Denver could tilt the series with both teams being so dominant in their home arenas.
Schedule (all times CT)
Game 1 in Denver: Saturday, April 13th at 9:30 PM on ESPN
Game 2 in Denver: Tuesday, April 16th at 8:00 PM on NBA TV
Game 3 in San Antonio: Thursday, April 18th at 8:00 PM on NBA TV
Game 4 in San Antonio: Saturday, April 20th at 4:30 PM on TNT
Game 5 in Denver: Tuesday, April 23rd, time and TV TBD
Game 6 in San Antonio: Thursday, April 25th, time and TV TBD
Game 7 in Denver: Saturday, April 27th, time TBD on TNT
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We will have extensive coverage of the first round at Air Alamo, and hopefully the Spurs can make a run deep in the playoffs as they finally avoid Golden State’s side of the bracket.