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Denver takes road win streak into matchup with San Antonio

Denver Nuggets (46-20, first in the Western Conference) vs. San Antonio Spurs (14-52, 15th in the Western Conference)

San Antonio; Friday, 8:30 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Denver will try to keep its four-game road win streak alive when the Nuggets take on San Antonio.

The Spurs are 9-30 against Western Conference opponents. San Antonio is 7-32 against opponents over .500.

The Nuggets have gone 25-14 against Western Conference opponents. Denver ranks seventh in the NBA giving up just 110.3 points while holding opponents to 46.5% shooting.

The Spurs are shooting 46.3% from the field this season, 0.2 percentage points lower than the 46.5% the Nuggets allow to opponents. The Nuggets average 11.5 made 3-pointers per game this season, 1.5 fewer made shots on average than the 13.0 per game the Spurs give up.

The teams play for the second time this season. In the last meeting on Nov. 27 the Nuggets won 132-120 led by 39 points from Nikola Jokic, while Victor Wembanyama scored 22 points for the Spurs.

TOP PERFORMERS: Wembanyama is scoring 20.7 points per game with 10.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists for the Spurs. Devin Vassell is averaging 17.8 points and 4.9 rebounds while shooting 45.6% over the past 10 games.

Michael Porter Jr. is scoring 16.7 points per game and averaging 7.0 rebounds for the Nuggets. Jamal Murray is averaging 2.4 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Spurs: 3-7, averaging 114.0 points, 45.2 rebounds, 32.1 assists, 6.8 steals and 7.6 blocks per game while shooting 47.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 116.1 points per game.

Nuggets: 9-1, averaging 117.9 points, 43.2 rebounds, 31.0 assists, 7.9 steals and 6.2 blocks per game while shooting 52.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 107.6 points.

INJURIES: Spurs: Keldon Johnson: day to day (illness), Cedi Osman: day to day (ankle), Charles Bassey: out for season (knee).

Nuggets: Vlatko Cancar: out (knee).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.