The Spurs and Nuggets have been the closest series of the First Round in the 2019 NBA Playoffs. Of the 8 series, two have already ended in 4-0 sweeps and five are currently in 3-1 scenarios with the higher seed leading. Only the series between San Antonio and Denver is tied, but tonight that will change. Game 5 is being played in Denver – do the Nuggets carry momentum from their win in Game 4 or does Gregg Popovich lead the Spurs to a strong response?
 San Antonio Spurs (2-2) @  Denver Nuggets (2-2)
The Spurs had a great first quarter to start Game 4, but the rest of the game was entirely dominated by Denver. The Nuggets easily cruised to a 117-103 victory, the largest margin of any win yet in the series. Not only was it a resounding win, but it came on the road, which allows Denver to regain home court advantage. If there is any coach capable of responding with an excellent game plan following a loss, its Gregg Popovich, so the Spurs certainly can’t be ruled out here tonight.
Derrick White had a career night in Game 3, but didn’t follow up with a performance anywhere close to that in Game 4. Despite that, the Spurs were fairly solid offensively and really only lost because they got wrecked from behind the 3-point line. Denver does have some excellent shooters, but that is no excuse to allow a team to shoot nearly 50% from beyond the arc. The Spurs will need to sharpen up their defense tonight in Game 5.
- Fairly efficient offense. 23 assists on 37 made fields goals with just 9 turnovers as a team. They shot 47% from the field but went just 5-17 (29.4%) from downtown in Game 4.
- After a 34 point first quarter, the Spurs were outscored 95-69 the rest of the game.
- Has anyone seen Rudy Gay? Rudy finished with just 2 points on 0-7 shooting in 18 minutes. That just won’t cut it for the Spurs best offensive weapon off the bench.
The Nuggets played a great Game 4 and shot the ball exquisitely from beyond the arc. They finished 15-31 (48.4%), which gave them a whopping +30 advantage from downtown. They also didn’t turn the ball over much with just 7 for the entire game, all of which gave the Nuggets an easy win on the road. Heading back to Denver for Game 5, the Nuggets will need more great 3-point shooting to give them the series lead.
- The Nuggets shared the ball well, finishing with 25 assists on 40 made baskets.
- Paul Millsap, Gary Harris, and Malik Beasley combined for just 17 points on 5-23 shooting last game.
- Jamal Murray redeemed himself in Game 4 with a 24 point and 6 assist outing with just 1 turnover on 8-14 shooting. Torrey Craig was also fantastic, finishing with 18 points and 8 rebounds on 6-9 shooting as he was inserted into the starting lineup.
Pick: Denver Nuggets -5.5
The Spurs did draw first blood in the series, but since then the Nuggets have demonstrated they are the superior team and shouldn’t have much trouble tonight in Game 5. They certainly won’t put on another shooting clinic like they did last game, but it seems the Spurs can’t contain Nikola Jokic. Factor in the home-court advantage boosting the play of Denver’s excellent role players and Game 5 becomes a nightmare matchup for the disadvantaged Spurs. Expect Denver to win.