San Antonio Spurs at Denver Nuggets (-3, 204.5)
The Denver Nuggets attempt to set a franchise record for consecutive home victories when they have a showdown with the Western Conference-leading San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. The Nuggets previously won 20 straight home games during the 1984-85 campaign and are a league-best 35-3 at home this season. San Antonio is 23-15 on the road and waged in a battle with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the top spot in the West. The Spurs have a half-game lead.
Denver has won four consecutive games and 19 of its last 21 and has a half-game lead over the Memphis Grizzlies for the No. 3 seed in the West. The Nuggets have continued to win despite recent injuries to starts Danilo Gallinari (knee) and Ty Lawson (foot). Gallinari is out for the season and Lawson hopes to be back before the playoffs start. The Spurs will likely be without point guard Tony Parker (neck) and backup forward Boris Diaw (back) and continue to play without veteran guard Manu Ginobili (hamstring). San Antonio is 2-1 against the Nuggets this season.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, KENS (San Antonio), Altitude (Denver)
ABOUT THE SPURS (57-20, 39-36-2 ATS): Veteran power forward Tim Duncan has put together solid back-to-back outings. Duncan recorded double-doubles in both games while averaging 27.5 points and 12.5 rebounds as he moves forward from recent knee soreness. The 31-point performance in Saturday’s victory over the Atlanta Hawks was Duncan’s third 30-point contest since March 16. He has nine double-doubles over his last 11 outings. Duncan has put together three strong outings against the Nuggets this season, averaging 22.7 points, 12.3 rebounds and 4.3 blocks.
ABOUT THE NUGGETS (53-24, 47-29-1 ATS): Forward Wilson Chandler stepped into the starting lineup for the injured Gallinari and scored 21 points in Saturday’s 132-114 rout of the Houston Rockets. Chandler was deeply affected by Gallinari’s loss as the two have been close friends dating back to their time as teammates with the New York Knicks. They both arrived in Denver as part of the Carmelo Anthony deal and Chandler has been a valuable reserve while averaging 12.1 points this season. “Wilson gives us some very good talent and very good intangibles,” Nuggets coach George Karl said. “So does Gallo. But to be honest with you, they’re quite different. Gallo’s more of a shooter and playmaker. Wilson’s a dynamic runner and athlete.”
* Over is 4-0 in the last four meetings in Denver.
* Spurs are 19-7 ATS in the last 26 meetings in Denver.
* Over is 5-2 in the last seven meetings.
* Underdog is 14-4 ATS in the last 18 meetings.
* Road team is 15-3 ATS in the last 18 meetings.
1. San Antonio is 4-2 in its last six visits to Denver despite losing 112-106 on Dec. 18.
2. Spurs F Kawhi Leonard is averaging 23.5 points and 10 rebounds over the last two games following a two-game absence with a knee injury.
3. Guard Andre Iguodala had a season-best 14 assists and Andre Miller recorded 12 in the win over the Rockets.