The Spurs will likely be short a couple of key players as well, as Devin Vassell (quad) and Keldon Johnson (ankle) are both doubtful for the matchup. It will be Vassell's sixth straight missed game as he continues to heal from a quadriceps injury.
Meanwhile, the 12-12 Nuggets have lost eight of their last 11 and have been decimated by key injuries to Michael Porter, Jamal Murray, and PJ Dozier. Denver is coming off a 120-114 overtime win against the New Orleans Pelicans in which 2021 NBA MVP Nikola Jokic posted a triple-double of 39 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds.
The Nuggets have won three straight against the Spurs, including a 102-96 victory in the second game of this season.
San Antonio Spurs vs Denver Nuggets Odds, Spread, Over/Under & Betting Pick
The latest odds from WynnBet have the Spurs as 1 point underdogs against the Nuggets.
Denver Nuggets: -115
San Antonio Spurs: -105
The over/under for the matchup is 219.0. The Spurs are averaging 108.3 points per game while the Nuggets are averaging 104.7.
San Antonio Spurs vs Nuggets Prediction
The Denver Nuggets might have more rest than they did on Thursday in the rematch, but they'll still be just as shorthanded.
Denver lost just about every hustle category after having played the New Orleans the night before, including giving up 20 second-chance points and 19 fastbreak points to the Spurs. They also surrendered a whopping 58 points in the paint.
I don't expect a repeat performance from the Nuggets in that regard, especially with Nikola Jokic always being the force he is. Coach Michael Malone will have his guys ready for revenge on Saturday, and they have the personnel to sneak away with a win despite their excessive injuries.
For the Spurs, keep your eyes on Lonnie Walker to see if he can continue attacking a weak interior in the absence of Keldon Johnson. Also, Derrick White's aggressiveness has hit another gear in the last few games, so he's one to watch as well.
For Denver, I did some research after JaMychal Green shot 2-of-4 from deep against the Spurs because I felt like I'd seen many similar nights since he left the Silver and Black in 2015. It turns out I was right. Green has buried 35 of 74 attempts from downtown since 2016 against San Antonio -- a 47.4% mark.
The Spurs can't afford another hot night from Green, especially if Facundo Campazzo turns into Ray Allen again, as he seems to do against San Antonio on occasion.
I'm on a decent streak of predicting the opposite of what actually happens, so I'll continue to do the Spurs a favor here. San Antonio really should take this one too, but I'll say Denver pulls it together for a bounceback win in hopes of continuing the trend.
Nuggets 109, Spurs 104
What channel is the San Antonio Spurs game on?
The game will air on Bally Sports Southwest and Altitude. Tip off is set for 8:30 pm ET.
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San Antonio Spurs Next Games and Schedule
The Spurs continue their five-game homestand with a matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans before hosting Miles Bridges and the Charlotte Hornets.
Dec. 12 vs. New Orleans
Dec. 15 vs. Charlotte
Dec. 17 @ Utah