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San Antonio Spurs vs Denver Nuggets. Nuggets are back home looking to take lead in first-round playoff series

The San Antonio Spurs had a chance to take a commanding 3-1 lead in their first-round Western Conference playoff series against the Nuggets. That failed to happen and Denver has regained the home court advantage, heading home for Game Five.

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Game Four Recap

The Spurs got off to a quick start, leading the Nuggets by 12 after the first quarter. However, the Nuggets owned the next two quarters, outscoring the Spurs by a 69-45 margin. The Nuggets walked away with a 117-103 win to even the series at two games each.

Nikola Jokic led all players with 29 points and 12 rebounds. Jamal Murray added 24, while Torrey Craig, who didn’t score in the first two games, scored 18. The Nuggets were hot from beyond the arc, hitting 15-of-31 with Will Barton hitting all three.

San Antonio was lead by LaMarcus Aldridge, who scored 21 points and hauled in nine rebounds. Jakob Poetl tied Aldridge for team-high in rebounds, while DeMar DeRozan added 19 points. The Spurs struggled from long distance, hitting just 5-of-17 from beyond the arc. Both teams took care of the ball, with just 16 turnovers between them.

Individual statistical comparisons

Gary Harris is Denver’s leading scorer in the series, averaging 18.3 points per game. Nikola Jokic has been the best overall player, averaging 17.7 points, 11.7 rebounds and 9.7 assists. Jamal Murray, Paul Millsap and Malik Beasley complete a solid offensive attack averaging a combined 44 points per game.

For the Spurs, DeMar DeRozan and Derrick White are both averaging over 20 points per game. LaMarcus Aldridge is adding 19 per game, while Rudy Gay and Bryn Forbes have each contributed ten per game. The Spurs are hitting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc after leading the league in three-point field goal percentage during the regular season.

Prediction

Neither team ranked high in scoring during the regular season but were very good on defense. Denver is extremely tough at home, winning 34 of 41 games during the regular season. Their defense will shine and best bet if for the “under” in Game Five. As for the outcome of the game, Denver will be too tough in the end and edge the Spurs to take a lead in the series.

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