(Boulder-CO) The 7-4 Denver Nuggets travel to San Antonio tonight to take on the badly depleted Spurs. San Antonio will be without All-Star guards Manu Ginobili AKA "The Flopper" and Tony Parker. Please, give me a moment while I pity them....
San Antonio has struggled this year since starting the season with four losses in their first five games with their only win coming in overtime over the Timberwolves. Since that rocky start in which they were averaging an allowed 105 points per game, the Spurs have regrouped and focused their efforts defensively to win four out of their last five while allowing a stingy 81.6 points per game.
What intrigues me about tonight's game is whether or not Denver will be able to beat a proven contender on the road. Since acquiring Billups, Denver's only win over a potential playoff team on the road has been against the Celtics. In that win, Denver shot the ball extremely well (39-80 from the field) and won the battle of the boards (43-37), thus prompting me to believe that those two aspects will once again be critical in tonight's game against the Spurs. Also important for the Nuggets will be the bench support. In Denver's last three wins, the Nuggets have been receiving an average of 33.3 points from its reserves.
My last point concerns the venue. In the Alamo Dome, things have not been great for Denver. The Nuggets have only won six of 36 meetings in San Antonio since the start of the 1991-92 season which I'm pretty sure predates Vinny Del Negro.
To win, Denver will have to shake the buzzard's luck in the Alamo Dome, get great support from the bench, and shoot the ball well against a stingy San Antonio defense.
Don't forget the Alamo.