This Nuggets-Spurs O/U Trend Is Surprising!
One side of the total has consistently hit in San Antonio's road games
Spurs (22-30) at Nuggets (37-16)
Monday 2/9/20, 9:05pm EST
TREND: The OVER has gone 17-9 in San Antonio’s road games.
STORYLINE: “Torrey Craig’s hit list is growing. The same week he helped minimize the damage inflicted by Utah’s Donovan Mitchell and Portland’s Damian Lillard, Craig added another borderline all-star to his wall: Phoenix star Devin Booker. Craig and Gary Harris harassed Booker into a 5-of-16 night Saturday in Denver’s 117-108 victory against the Suns. Booker’s 31% field goal accuracy this season against Denver is, by far, his worst against any team in the NBA. The same goes for Mitchell’s 25% field goal accuracy against Denver.
‘I think really Torrey Craig is an all-NBA defender,’ Nuggets coach Michael Malone said after his team improved to 37-16 overall and 17-10 on the road. ‘Now, I know people outside of Denver may not even know who Torrey Craig is. But if you look at the job he’s done on some of the best players in the NBA, some of the top guards in the West, Torrey Craig deserves to be in that conversation. He’s an all-defensive type player. He doesn’t want any credit. He doesn’t care about the offensive end. He just solely focuses on the task at hand and making the lives hard of whoever he’s guarding. Tonight it was Devin Booker, so Torrey having that kind of weapon that you can use and versatility is a tremendous asset as a coach.’
Nuggets veteran Paul Millsap, who returned Saturday after a month-long absence because of a knee injury, is the anchor of Denver’s interior defense. He has a keen sense of the dirty work Craig does in suffocating his opponent and making that foe feel him for 94 feet. ‘To me, he’s a top-five defender in this league,' Millsap said of Craig. 'I’m so proud of him, the way he comes in and he works and he takes pride in his defense.’” - Mike Singer, The Denver Post (2/9/20)
QUICK-HITTER: Craig should be tasked with primarily defending DeMar DeRozan in this matchup. With the exception of LaMarcus Aldridge, no other Spur has been a source of consistent point production this season, which could be a major issue as far as betting on the over is concerned. Click the button below to instantly unlock our model’s best bet for this game!