Nuggets No. 2 in West after tight win over Wolves

15 April, 2019, 09:44 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Analyzing Nuggets’ Potential Playoff Seeding on The Final Night of The Regular Season

For the Jazz, Rudy Gobert led the team with 22 points, 12 rebounds and one assist.

The San Antonio Spurs will be looking to take a commanding 2-0 series lead after upsetting the second-seeded Nuggets in a 101-96 upset win in Game 1.

"We struggled to make shots", said Nuggets head coach Michael Malone. As a team, the Spurs shot 48 percent from the field and seven of 15 from the 3-point line, but the key to the win was always defense as the Spurs set the tone by holding the Nuggets to just 20 points in the first quarter and 17 points in the third quarter before sealing the win with a steal to the Nuggets' last possession.

The Jazz opened the game guarding Harden in a style that the Milwaukee Bucks had success with in a matchup vs. Houston down the stretch - hanging out near Harden's left shoulder, enticing him to drive right and into the midrange. Stop the penetration? Or hang back and play the lob? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Jazz vs. Rockets spread you should be all over Sunday, all from the model that's up more than $4,000 on top-rated National Basketball Association picks this season.


Utah, on the other hand, converted only 39% from the field, and made just 7 of 27 from deep (25.9%). Meanwhile, he committed five turnovers without registering a single assist - something Snyder attributed, in part, more to Mitchell's teammates not making the right read or simply missing open looks, rather than any selfishness on the guard's part.

Perhaps the biggest sign of DeRozan having seen just about everything the playoffs have to offer is his understanding that things will only get tougher as the series progresses: "Just because we've got a little bit more experience - we can't lean on that, we've got to understand we've got to play even harder next game and try to make everything that much tougher". When they do collapse, do a better job of finding each other. "We didn't let Jokic play as much as he wanted and they didn't let LaMarcus play as much as he wanted". Clint Capela is adding 16.6 points and 12.7 rebounds per contest. Defensively we were on the same page and that's what its going to take. "There were a lot of things we needed to do better". Donovan Mitchell has been leading the team with 23.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. BIG NUMBER 15 • Houston's big advantage, not surprisingly, came beyond the 3-point arc, where the Rockets drained 15 triples to Utah's seven.

San Antonio: The Spurs have won five of six playoff series against the Nuggets with their only series defeat coming in 1985.

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