5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Nuggets


After losing to the New York Knicks, the San Antonio Spurs (7-2) will be looking to get back on the winning track as they host the Denver Nuggets (4-5) tonight at the AT&T Center.

The Spurs lost their first home game to the Knicks, 104-100, Thursday night. A fourth quarter collapse coupled with the Knicks making the right plays on both ends of the court cost San Antonio a win where they were up 12-points late in the game. The Spurs will also have to face the Nuggets without defensive ace Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps tendinitis in his left knee) and Gary Neal is probable (cut right finger) for tonight's matchup.

The Nuggets, who added Andre Iguodla in the offseason, are coming off a loss to the Heat at home (98-93) where guard Ty Lawson was held scoreless in his NBA career.

And as the two former ABA teams prepare to clash, here are five things to watch during tonight's contest:

• Denver has won four of the last seven games at the AT&T Center.

• Denver averages 50.7 rebounds per game good for first in the NBA and are 0-1 on the road when they are outrebounded.

• Denver is 0-3 on the road when trailing after three quarters.

• San Antonio is 2-0 at home when they are outrebounded by their opponent.

• San Antonio is 2-0 at home versus the Western Conference.