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Nuggets in 5 3 15.00%
Nuggets in 6 7 35.00%
Nuggets in 7 2 10.00%
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Old 04-12-2019, 04:13 AM   #1
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Default Playoffs Round 1: Nuggets vs Spurs Series Thread



Regular-season series: 2-2.

Schedule:

(2) Denver Nuggets vs. (7) San Antonio Spurs

Game 1: Sat, April 13 San Antonio at Denver, 10:30 ET, ESPN
Game 2: Tue, April 16 San Antonio at Denver, 9 ET, NBA TV
Game 3: Thu, April 18 Denver at San Antonio, 9 ET, NBA TV
Game 4: Sat, April 20 Denver at San Antonio, 5:30 ET, TNT
*Game 5: Tue, April 23 San Antonio at Denver, TBD, TBD
*Game 6: Thu, April 25 Denver at San Antonio, TBD, TBD
*Game 7: Sat, April 27 San Antonio at Denver, TBD, TNT



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Old 04-12-2019, 04:29 AM   #2
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Default Re: Playoffs Round 1: Nuggets (2) vs. Spurs (7) Series Thread.

While Denver isn't as playoffs-experienced and star-studded as the most veritable title-contenders, it's even more implausible to downrate them as playoffs fodder as I've seen many do. The team has made meteoric strides on the defensive end—credit to the coaching staff, who I thought was going to end up overhauled due to last season's deficiencies on it alone—and although Jokic doesn't score as gaudily as your typical superstar, he certainly doesn't militate against his team scoring amply at all with his versatility (especially his playmaking).

Coach Popovich is smart enough to know that, which is why he won't let his team be lulled into accepting their opponents as pushovers. The Nuggets have been enhungered by years of eluded playoffs appearances, and it'll take much more than this playoffs appearance to sate it; they want to make noise in the playoffs, as their hunger has been stoked even further by everyone bandying them around as regular-season paper tigers.

Even as as hopeful as many Spurs fans seemed to be of this match-up, it certainly doesn't disfavor the Nuggets. All but LaMarcus Aldridge on the Spurs' front court will find themselves overtopped by Denver's; who else will cover Millsap, Jokic, and Plumlee while they're on the court simultaneously? Even the Spurs want to try a small-ball gambit, could DeMar DeRozan, who was caricatured as a Trash Brother every postseason in Toronto because of his playoffs drop-offs, fill in Aldridge's void?

Denver will be ready to leverage one of the most pronounced HCAs in the league—not just from their fans, who the Spurs will find even more cacophonic after finally returning to the playoffs and hearing their team hastily underplayed in the process, but from the altitude of the city. The Spurs might have youthened their roster this season, but their sixth-slowest pace in the league hasn't quite conditioned them for the mile-high city that is Denver.

It feels impossible to outrule a Spurs victory between coach Popovich and the playoffs-experience disparity, and that's why I'm expecting a semi-competitive series; however, there are no more advantages you can note for them in this match-up. Thanks to their talent depth, HCA, mountainous front-court, and the collective chip on their shoulders, Denver's growing pains are survivable enough for this round.

The Nuggets don't pose any realistic threat to the Warriors, Rockets, and Bucks yet, but they're ably determined enough to earn more than one series' worth of playoffs experience this year.

Bottom-line prediction: Nuggets in six.
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Old 04-12-2019, 04:43 AM   #3
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I got Nuggets in 5.
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Old 04-12-2019, 07:21 AM   #4
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Interesting write-up, however I disagree with some of it.
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Coach Popovich is smart enough to know that, which is why he won't let his team be lulled into accepting their opponents as pushovers. The Nuggets have been enhungered by years of eluded playoffs appearances, and it'll take much more than this playoffs appearance to sate it; they want to make noise in the playoffs, as their hunger has been stoked even further by everyone bandying them around as regular-season paper tigers.
The Spurs have lost to the Knicks, Bulls and Magic and got swept by the Kings. I'm pretty sure they know they're not a great team. If Denver wins the series, give credit where it's due. They will have continued to be the better team this season.
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Even as as hopeful as many Spurs fans seemed to be of this match-up, it certainly doesn't disfavor the Nuggets. All but LaMarcus Aldridge on the Spurs' front court will find themselves overtopped by Denver's; who else will cover Millsap, Jokic, and Plumlee while they're on the court simultaneously? Even the Spurs want to try a small-ball gambit, could DeMar DeRozan, who was caricatured as a Trash Brother every postseason in Toronto because of his playoffs drop-offs, fill in Aldridge's void?
You forgot about or don't know about Derrick White. He'll be fine and the match-up against a similarly green Denver cast is optimal for him.

Millsap is a bum and can be covered by Gay, Davis or Poetl if need be. The Spurs have got plenty of knowledge on how to play, and shut down Millsap from his Utah days, so a lineup of Poetl, Aldridge and Gay or Davis will be just fine against Denver's front court.

The 2-3 spots are where the Spurs are going to struggle. White's the only reliable defender and obviously he can only do so much. It'd probably be best to have him cover the point anyway, but I've no idea what the gameplan will turn out to be.

Finally, DeRozan is not needed to fill any scoring void. This is the thinking that gets him in trouble. He needs to create for the team when White is out, and score when he's in position to score. Forcing his offense is going to make the Spurs lose the series.
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It feels impossible to outrule a Spurs victory between coach Popovich and the playoffs-experience disparity, and that's why I'm expecting a semi-competitive series; however, there are no more advantages you can note for them in this match-up. Thanks to their talent depth, HCA, mountainous front-court, and the collective chip on their shoulders, Denver's growing pains are survivable enough for this round.

The Nuggets don't pose any realistic threat to the Warriors, Rockets, and Bucks yet, but they're ably determined enough to earn more than one series' worth of playoffs experience this year.

Bottom-line prediction: Nuggets in six.
Experience, discipline (although sometimes lacking in crunch time), and front court favor S.A. Patty Mills and Belli have proven to have big shot making capabilities in the past. Aldridge gets whatever he wants if he remains aggressive. If the Spurs guards can keep any amount of reasonable control on the Denver swingmen, then I see the Spurs in 6.

If Aldridge goes passive and the Denver swings do what they've shown to be capable of all season, I see Denver in 5.
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Old 04-12-2019, 12:29 PM   #5
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Spurs with the upset.



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Old 04-12-2019, 09:14 PM   #6
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Enhungered?

Players in NBA history with 20/10/7 seasons:

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San Antonio Spurs vs Denver Nuggets
While the Spurs have the edge in playoff experience over the neophytes from Denver, they were inconsistent and unpredictable all year long. This looks like a competitive series until the Nuggets’ talent edge breaks through in games 5 and 6.
Denver, 4-2
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The Zzzzzzzzzz series...
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The Zzzzzzzzzz series...
Spurs tied for first with 22 consecutive years of making the playoffs.
Lakers setting new records every year for missing playoffs. Currently at 6 and counting.

Kirby leaving his franchise in shambles.
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Old 04-13-2019, 11:54 PM   #10
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Default Re: Playoffs Round 1: Nuggets vs Spurs Series Thread

Game 1, mid first quarter: Spurs 11, Nuggets 10

Spurs guard Bryn Forbes with a quick 6 pts

Nikola Jokic with a quick 4 pts, 4 reb and 2 ast
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Default Re: Playoffs Round 1: Nuggets vs Spurs Series Thread

Nuggets players look scared. Craig missing lay open shots. Now just missed a lay up.
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Game 1, end of first quarter: Spurs 25, Nuggets 20

Will Barton 6 pts
Marco Belinelli 6 pts off the Spurs bench
Bryn Forbes 6 pts
DeRozan 5 pts
Jokic doing his usual and a lot of everything: 4 pts, 5 rebs, 4 ast
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Nuggets are getting excellent shots. They're just choking.
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Old 04-14-2019, 12:44 AM   #15
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Spurs surviving early foul trouble to White and Aldridge. If you had told me that would happen before the game I'd say it was gonna be a long night.

Denver's got a nervous crowd right now and that's not helping their team. Spurs have to continue to keep the crowd out of it. Some helpful timeouts by Pop have killed any momentum Denver attempts to build.

1 half down, 1 to go.
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