Denver faces San Antonio in conference showdown
San Antonio Spurs (45-33, seventh in the Western Conference) vs. Denver Nuggets (51-26, second in the Western Conference)
Denver; Wednesday, 9 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Western Conference foes Denver and San Antonio square off at the Pepsi Center.
The Nuggets are 31-16 in Western Conference games. Denver ranks sixth in the league with 46.7 rebounds, led by Nikola Jokic averaging 10.9.
The Spurs have gone 29-21 against Western Conference opponents. San Antonio averages 44.7 rebounds per game and is 28-9 when grabbing more rebounds than opponents. The two teams square off for the fourth time this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Jamal Murray leads the Nuggets with 2.0 made 3-pointers and averages 18.2 points while shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc. Jokic has averaged 19.8 points and 12.1 rebounds while shooting 52.9 percent over the last 10 games for Denver.
DeMar DeRozan leads the Spurs scoring 21.6 points and grabbing 6.1 rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge is shooting 51.4 percent and has averaged 20.5 points over the last 10 games for San Antonio.
LAST 10 GAMES: Spurs: 6-4, averaging 110.8 points, 46 rebounds, 25.5 assists, 5.3 steals and 5.5 blocks per game while shooting 48.0 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 106.7 points on 44.6 percent shooting.
Nuggets: 6-4, averaging 101.3 points, 46.7 rebounds, 25 assists, 5.9 steals and 4.4 blocks per game while shooting 44.8 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 103.3 points on 44.4 percent shooting.
Nuggets Injuries: Michael Porter Jr.: out (back).
Spurs Injuries: Dejounte Murray: out for season (knee).