Nuggets vs Spurs: The Spurs and Nuggets will try and avenge their Game 1 loss at home while the Trail Blazers will look to defend their home court and take a 2-0 lead in the series.
Event: NBA Playoffs 2019
Team: Nuggets vs Spurs
Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Game Time: 09:00 p.m. ET
The Nuggets have been out of the first round of the playoffs just once since 1994, but after a 54-win season, the team has high expectations. The issue, though, is that Denver is virtually devoid of postseason experience.
Its three top scorers – Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and Gary Harris – are all under 24 years old and will be making their postseason debuts. They’ll be facing the Spurs, anchored by LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan, who have 116 games of postseason experience between them.
In Game 1, the San Antonio Spurs proved that experience matters, especially in the playoffs, and the Silver and Black have to hope that trend continues on Tuesday night in Game 2.
In one of the more intriguing first-round matchups, the No. 2 Denver Nuggets found the going tough against the West’s seventh seed. Despite the seeding discrepancy, Gregg Popovich’s Spurs split the regular-season series with the Nuggets, so while one has the far superior overall record, the other has the clear advantage in experience.
Should the Spurs enjoy the same sort of success in Game 2, the Nuggets will have their work cut out for them when the series shifts to San Antonio. Here’s everything you need to know about this first-round matchup between the Spurs and the Nuggets.
The Toronto Raptors and Denver Nuggets will look to avenge their Game 1 losses at home while the Portland Trail Blazers will try to keep the Oklahoma City Thunder out of the win column, defending their home court advantage.
They may enter as the No. 7 seed, but it’s not as if they’re the clear-cut underdog. They won two of their four games vs. the Nuggets this season and went 32-9 at home. Furthermore, head coach Gregg Popovich will coach his 278th playoff game in Game 1 — Nuggets head coach Michael Malone will be coaching in his first postseason game.