Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors – NBA April 12

The 34-19 Nuggets travel to San Francisco to take on the 25-28 Warriors on Monday night in the Chase Center. Denver was last in action on Sunday when they fell at home to the Celtics, 105-87, due in large part to a 31-3 Boston run in the fourth quarter. Golden State was last in action on Saturday, downing the lowly Rockets 125-109 behind 38 points from Stephen Curry.

These two teams last met on Jan. 14 of this year, when the Nuggets came out with a 114-104 victory in Denver.

Denver Nuggets LogoThe Nuggets are led by center Nikola Jokic, the NBA MVP frontrunner who leads the team with 26.2 points, 10.9 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game. Jokic had a 23-point, 14-rebound, 10-assist triple-double in the previous matchup against the Warriors. But Denver is without Jokic’s primary running mate, guard Jamal Murray.

In Murray’s absence, forward Michael Porter Jr. has been asked to step up in a big way and for the most part he has, shooting 44.7 percent from three-point range this season. However, Porter had his worst shooting performance of the season on Sunday, going just 1-of-12 from beyond the arc in their loss to the Celtics.

Golden State Warriors LogoGolden State is led by seven-time All-Star and two-team NBA MVP Curry, who is averaging 29.9 points per game this season. Curry recently missed six games because of a tailbone contusion after a nasty fall, but since his return he’s averaging 36 points per game on 43.2 percent shooting from three-point land.

Despite Curry’s dominance since returning to the hardwood, the team has only gone 3-3 since he recovered from his injury.
Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Denver Nuggets -4½ (-115) -180 O 226½ (-110)
Golden State Warriors +4½ (-105) +150 U 226½ (-110)

One of the main reasons for the Warriors’ recent struggles are the recent losses of Kelly Oubre Jr. and James Wiseman, the team’s third- and fourth-leading scorers, respectively. Oubre has been battling a wrist injury and Wiseman’s promising rookie season apparently has come to a premature end after suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Please Note:
A struggling offense for the Warriors has never been something Steve Kerr has had to worry much about in his tenure as coach when he’s had a healthy Curry available, but with Klay Thompson already out for the entire season because of a torn ACL knee injury, it is a concern for Kerr now. He will have to keep searching for answers on who can help Curry with the workload on that end of the floor, and it is a sometime painful work in progress.

There is a ton of value in this game with both teams missing key pieces.

  • While Denver will be without its starting point guard in Murray, the Nuggets have a decent amount of replacement options that can fill in for the time being and keep the offense operating like a well-oiled machine.
  • Golden State, on the other hand, is limited on the offensive end. That will allow the Nuggets to focus all of their defensive attention on Curry.

Not to mention the fact that Denver has the MVP favorite down in the post and he will be going up against a back-up center all night long. Back Jokic to have a big night and get the Nuggets back into the win column as they cruise past Golden State to secure a nice road victory by more than five points.

The Pick:
Nuggets 4½
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Joe Menzer / Author

Joe is an award-winning writer and editor who has covered the NBA, NFL, NASCAR, golf, various collegiate athletics and other sports for newspapers, Turner Sports, Fox Sports and ESPN. He has been on the beat for seven Super Bowls, six Daytona 500s and numerous NBA playoff series and All-Star Games. He once was dispatched to Rome, Italy to spend time with an NBA draft choice who opted to play overseas, after which he produced an award-winning series of stories. He also is passionate about fantasy sports and breaking down games in ways that even novice gamblers can use to make their most intelligent wagering decisions.

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