The San Antonio Spurs had a thrilling return to normalcy when they treated a crowd of over 16,000 to a runaway victory in their season-opener on Wednesday. The game was highlighted by an evenly distributed offense in which seven different guys scored in double figures while the defense held Orlando to 96 points.
While the victory was exciting for fans and was evidence the Spurs won't nearly be as unexciting as many claim they'll be, a whole different animal awaits them on Friday.
Last season's MVP, Nikola Jokic, has had his way with the Spurs pretty much since he's entered the league. The last time San Antonio was able to hold him below 19 points was in December of 2018. I fully don't expect that to change any time soon.
Jokic comes off a 27-point, 13-rebound debut in a win over the Phoenix Suns. Michael Porter Jr, who is a favorite for the NBA Most Improved Award by many, will also be one to watch in the matchup.
San Antonio Spurs vs Denver Nuggets Odds, Spread, Over/Under & Betting Pick
The latest odds from WynnBet have the Spurs as +7.5 underdogs against the Nuggets, who finished with a record of 47-25 last season. Currently, San Antonio is at -110 to cover.
San Antonio Spurs: +260
Denver Nuggets: -320
The over/under for the matchup is 220.5. The Denver Nuggets scored 110 in their opening game while the San Antonio Spurs put up 123.
San Antonio Spurs vs Denver Nuggets Prediction
Wednesday's euphoric win was a pleasant homecoming for the Spurs, but they were playing a rebuilding team that was severely shorthanded. While I don't expect this team to lay down in Denver, I wouldn't be surprised if they had a bit of a wakeup call without their home crowd cheering them on.
The Nuggets' defense is a far cry from what the Spurs saw against Orlando in their opener, and it's unlikely they'll get anywhere near 123 points this time around. San Antonio puts up a good effort, but Denver is probably going to take this one.
Nuggets 112, Spurs 103
What channel is the San Antonio Spurs game on?
Friday's game will air on CW35 (San Antonio) and Altitude (Denver) and will tip off at 9 pm ET.
How to watch San Antonio Spurs vs Denver Nuggets Live Stream
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San Antonio Spurs Next Games and Schedule
The Spurs will have no time to rest as they take on the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday to wrap up their opening week.
Oct. 23 vs Milwaukee
Oct. 26 vs Los Angeles Lakers
Oct. 28 @ Dallas