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NBA Betting Trend Points to Nuggets Defeating Spurs Tonight

Max Staley
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The San Antonio Spurs are playing exceptionally well lately, winning 12 of their last 16 games. However, they could run into trouble against the Denver Nuggets, who are 4.5-point favorites according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Both the Spurs and the Nuggets are on the second leg of a back-to-back set, and Denver has been remarkably impressive in such contests this season. The Spurs have not.

The Nuggets are 10-1 straight up (SU) and 8-3 against the spread (ATS) when playing on the second leg of a back-to-back set this season. The Nuggets are one of the youngest teams in the NBA, so their success when playing without a day off shouldn't come as a surprise.

Nikola Jokic is undoubtably a huge reason for the Nuggets' success in these contests. Jokic is averaging 21.6 points per game (PPG) and 11.2 rebounds per game (RPG) when playing in the second leg of a back-to-back set.

Denver has also been dominant at home this season, going 31-7 straight up in the Pepsi Center thus far.

On the other hand, the Spurs' veteran roster has been less effective on the second leg of a back to back. San Antonio is 5-8 SU and 7-6 ATS in such contests this season.

However, we should note that DeMar DeRozan's game improves when playing in the second game of a back to back. DeRozan is averaging 21.6 PPG this season, but that number jumps to 25.9 PPG in the second game of a back to back.

Overall, this betting trend seemingly gives Denver the edge tonight, even though DeRozan could go off for a big game.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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