What competition it is? NBA Playoffs
Series: First Game
Teams: Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs
Match Day: April 14, 2019
Jump Ball Time: @ 08:00 AM IST
Where the game is played? Pepsi Center (18,007)
TV Info: Sony Sports Network has the rights to stream NBA matches in India. Premier members can also catch the Live Action on SonyLiv App.
DEN vs SAS Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
One of the surprise packages of the season Denver Nuggets will be starting the post-season with a home game against San Antonio Spurs at Pepsi Center, in Denver, Colorado, USA, on Sunday morning (IST).
This will be an interesting battle. Denver Nuggets are making their 1st post-season appearance since 2013, and against them is a team which seems a perennial fixture in the playoffs, and boast a head coach who has been on the touchline for 66,981 minutes of post-season basketball over the last 22 years.
Gregg Popovich. San Antonio Spurs’ legendary manager.
Nuggets will start the series as favorites and that’s because of their lofty position in the regular season. They touched the magical +50 wins, and are very hard to beat in home games.
But the hosts will have to bring their +A game against an opponent who are used to the playoffs. Also, Nuggets have struggled in the last few weeks, especially after securing a berth in the post-season.
Any slip up in the focus could prove fatal against Gregg Popovich’s team.
San Antonio Spurs meanwhile have had a topsy turvy ride leading up to the playoffs. The fans and the pundits were never content with their defense but actually, it has been impressive at least at AT&T Center. Spurs have allowed just 106.7 points per 100 possessions in home games.
If there was a home advantage in NBA, then Spurs can certainly hope to activate that particular aspect of this game.
Regular Season Record-
Denver Nuggets: W-54, L-28
San Antonio Spurs: W-48, L-34
Players to watch out for:
Nikola Jokic – Endured one of his worst nights against Utah Jazz in the 2nd last game of the regular season. But you can forget that display considering how he has performed throughout the whole of the regular season. The big Serbian remains Nuggets’ best player by some stretch. The 24-year-old is racking up a team-high 20.2 points per game, along with 10.8 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game as well.
Jamal Murray – One of the best young players in the NBA is Jamal Murray. He is enjoying a personal best season. The 22-year-old scored 22 points in the last game, taking his season average to 18.2 points per game.
San Antonio Spurs:
DeMar DeRozan – It was never a move he wanted but DeMar DeRozan ended up with San Antonio Spurs. It’s a move now which seems good for both parties as the former Toronto Raptors shooting guard is leading the stats charts for Spurs this season, averaging 21.5 points per game.
LaMarcus Aldridge – No signs of him slowing down, and he is as effective as he was ever in his career. In fact, his average of 21.0 points per game is his career-best return. The 33-year-old is also racking up a team-high 8.9 rebounds per game.
DEN vs SAS Dream11 TEAM NEWS:
Injured – Nuggets have a near full strength team. Considering this is a final game of the regular season, coach Michael Malone is expected to go with a powerful team against the Wolves. But Michel Porter remains out injured.
Questionable – None at the moment.
Suspended – None.
San Antonio Spurs:
Injured – Dejaunte Murray won’t be playing for Spurs in this match. He remains the only injury casualty for Spurs at the moment.
Questionable – NOne.
Suspended – None.
DEN vs SAS Dream11 Teams (Starting Lineup; Probables):
From the bench (Probables):
DEN vs SAS Dream11 Fantasy Team:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Denver Nuggets boast the best home record across both the conferences. Beating them at a high altitude is one of the toughest ask for any team.
In addition, San Antonio Spurs are not known for enjoying the road and possess a negative away record at 16-25.
A win for the hosts is our call.
NOTE: THIS DEN vs SAS Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.