Nuggets (38-20, 18-10 road) at State Warriors (29-30, 17-10 home)
- Time: 7PM PST – 8PM CST – 9PM EST
- Place: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA
- TV: ESPN | Altitude TV | NBC Sports Bay Area | NBA League Pass
The Denver Nuggets continue to move forward without Jamal Murray after his torn ACL has sidelined him for the season. The Nuggets are 4-0 since April 13 when the injury occurred.
Denver has won 12 out of 14 and has a solid hold on a Top 6 playoff spot as the Nuggets sit with the 4-seed in the Western Conference and they are 3.5 games ahead of the fifth-place LA Lakers.
Golden State looks for the bounce-back win as Steph Curry’s string of 11 games where he scored 30 or more points ended in Wednesday’s 118-114 loss to the Washington Wizards.
The Warriors are 5-2 in their last seven games, but sit with the 10-seed; however, that is one game off the 8-seed Grizzlies and there is plenty of basketball remaining for Golden State two be able to get a solid playoff position.
Golden State has won five of the last eight seasons series vs. the Nuggets and they look for their sixth in nine as the series is tied 1-1 this season.
- Denver Nuggets – Monte Morris (hamstring) day to day; Jamal Murray (ACL) – OUT
- Golden State Warriors – Damion Lee (toe), Eric Paschall (hip), Klay Thompson (achilles), James Wiseman (knee) – OUT; Juan Toscano-Anderson (concussion) – Day to Day
Vs. The Spread
Nuggets (30-24-4 ATS):
- Denver is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
- The Nuggets are 1-6 ATS int heir last 7 games vs. Golden State
- The Nuggets are 10-2 SU in their last 12 road games
Warriors (25-32 ATS):
- GSW is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the Warriors’ last 6 games
- The UNDER has been the play in 5 of the last 6 Warriors-Nuggets games
Last Time Out
Nikola Jokic scored 25 points and Michael Porter, Jr., scored all 17 of his points in the first quarter as the Nuggets slid by Portland, 106-105, on Wednesday night. Portland led by as many as 10 in the third quarter, but the Nuggets chipped away and finally took a 92-91 lead on a three-pointer by PJ Dozier with 7:43 remaining in the game.
As Steph Curry’s 11-game streak on 30-plus points ended, he also made 78 threes in that stretch which was the most in NBA history. Washington took the 118-114 win but had to battle back from 11 down when Jordan Poole, who finished with 22 points, hit back-to-back threes midway through the fourth quarter. Kelly Oubre, in his first game back in Washington as a Warrior, topped scoring with 25 points.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Nuggets||-2 (-110)||-130||O 229 (-110)|
|Warriors||+2 (-110)||+110||U 229 (-110)|
*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook
Acquiring Aaron Gordon at the trade deadline now looks like a wind fall decision with the loss of Murray. Gordon now has to pick his game up though as he is averaging only 10.9 points per game in 26.9 minutes. He is also making only 28.6 percent of his threes since the trade as he was at 37.5 percent this season for Orlando.
The transition has been tough as his rebounding and assists are down as well. He has only three double-digit scoring games in his last nine as he scored 24 vs. the Magic on April 4.
Key Nuggets Stat:
The Nuggets have played well in sharing the ball and trusting each other since the Murray injury which is a tribute to coach Michael Malone and the culture that he has structured in Denver. Wednesday’s win over Portland was the 20th in the row where all five Nuggets starters scored in double figures.
Murray had missed six games before the injury, so Nikola Jokic has consistently taken his game to a higher level when Murray in out as he has averaged 28.9 points, 10.8 rebounds and 10.1 assists in the 10 games Murray has missed.
Denver also needs a raise in production from Michael Porter, Jr., as he is now looking like the second go-to player behind Jokic for now. Over the last 20 games, Porter has upped the ante by averaging 20.8 points, 8.7 rebounds while shooting 57.8 percent from the floor and 45.8 percent from three.
Advantage, Golden State
The Warriors gave a similar plight in finding players to step up beside of Curry. The problem is there are no people with the acumen or presence of Jokic or Porter. Andrew Wiggins has averaged 18.2 points in his last five games and should be able to provide some consistent support. Now that Kelly Oubre, Jr., is healthy again, he can be counted on to contribute on the boards as well as a scorer. He has 20 or more points in three of his last five games.
Key Warriors Stat:
Curry is a legend in sneakers as he has clearly become the greatest shooter in NBA history. He became the first player in NBA history to average 40 points, shoot at least 50 percent from the floor and 40 percent from there and 90 percent from the stripe in an 11-game run.
Wiggins’ defense has been a factor as we have seen Golden State go from a team that had trouble stopping anyone early in the season to holding opponents to 45.5 percent (5th/NBA) from the field while allowing only a 51.1 percentage from two. Wiggins has a team-high 56 blocked shots.
Winner: Warriors (+2) 120, Nuggets 116