What competition it is? NBA Playoffs
Series: Game-5, Series is tied 2-2
Teams: Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs
Match Day: April 24, 2019
Jump Ball Time: @ 07:00 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:
In one of the closely fought series, Denver Nuggets will be looking for the home comfort when they host San Antonio Spurs in game-5 of the first round NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center, in Denver, Colorado, on Wednesday morning (IST).
Denver Nuggets knew any more slip-up could cost them this series. For not many teams have managed to make a comeback from a 3-1 deficit.
And when Nuggets fell into a 12-point hole early in the game, the worse was there to engulf the Western Conference's 2nd seed team.
But Nuggets' finished 2nd in the conference for a reason. They have been one of the most consistent teams in NBA this season. They just know how to win having racked up an impressive 54 wins in the regular season.
Denver slowly clawed their way back into the match after winning the 2nd quarter 32-20 to level the score 54-54 going into the break.
Nuggets didn't look back and continued to dominate the game, outscoring Spurs 63-49 to win the game 117-103 at AT&T Center.
The series is tied at 2-2 and the next game will be played in Denver.
As always, Nikola Jokic was Nuggets' best player, registering a double-double to finish the match with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists.
For Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points, while DeMar DeRozan scored 19 points and rebounds and assists each.
Regular Season Record-
Denver Nuggets: W-54, L-28
San Antonio Spurs: W-48, L-34
Players to watch out for:
Nikola Jokic – Nikola Jokic is a player who is primed to win a super-max contract. For he has been carrying his team all the season, in the playoffs as well. How critical he is can be seen by the fact that Gregg Popovich has employed two players on him in this series, forcing Denver's other players to have a go from the perimeter.
He has averaged 20.1 points and 10.8 rebounds per game in the regular season. The big Serbian remains Nuggets’ best player by some stretch.
Jamal Murray – The 22-year-old is certainly in a very good form as this season. He is Nuggets' 2nd best player in the offensive department, averaging 17.8 points per game in the postseason.
San Antonio Spurs:
DeMar DeRozan – Spurs are having quite a post-season. They are running Denver Nuggets close despite being a clear gulf between both the teams. DeMar DeRozan's performance is the reason why Spurs now have a genuine chance of producing a real shock here. The former Toronto Raptors star is averaging 23.3 in the playoffs this season.
LaMarcus Aldridge – Spurs' most consistent player this season without a splinter of a doubt. The 33-year-old Center has racked up points at 21.3 in the 2018-19 regular season.
DEN vs SAS Dream11 TEAM NEWS:
Injured – For the hosts, Michael Porter Jr. is the only injury absentee ahead of this match. The 20-year-old Small Forward is recovering from a back injury.
Questionable – None at the moment.
Suspended – None.
San Antonio Spurs:
Injured – For Spurs there are no fresh injury concerns ahead of this match. The only absentee is Dejaunte Murray who is suffering from a knee injury.
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:
Nuggets need to bring all their home support for this match. For the series is tied at 2-2 and the next game will be played in San Antonio. Nuggets still have the home court advantage though after winning the last game at Spurs.
Nuggets to win the game.
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.