Saturday’s NBA preview breaks down the feature game between the Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors, along with NBA tips for all other matches being played today.
14:30 (AEDT), Sat 9th Mar @ Oracle Arena, Oakland
History: Played 180: Nuggets 97 V Warriors 83
Last meeting: January 15, 2019: Warriors 142 d Nuggets 111 at Pepsi Center
Final Thoughts: One hosts two in a Western Conference blockbuster. The second-placed Denver Nuggets can join the Golden State Warriors on a 44-21 record with an upset here.
The Nuggets have won six of their last nine, arresting a three-game slide with a 115-99 road win over the Lakers.
Nikola Jokic put up 12 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists, while Will Barton top-scored with 23.
The Warriors have won just three of their last eight. A won at Philadelphia last weekend was overshadowed by a 128-95 midweek thrashing at the hands of Boston at home.
KIay Thompson is expected to return from a two-game layoff in a boost for Golden State.
The front-runners have clashes twice this season – both times in Denver – and picked up one win apiece.
Jokic (28 pts, 11 reb, 6 ast) was and all-round stud and Gary Harris (28 pts) top-scored in the Nuggets’ 100-98 upset in opening week. But Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant combined for 89 points and Draymond Green had 13 assists in a 142-111 Warriors demolition in January.
The Nuggets have won four of their last seven against the Warriors, including a drought-breaking victory at Oracle Arena last season.
Golden State are 23-9 at home but have lost two straight at Oracle. The Nuggets are a modest 16-15 on the road and have won just two of their last six away from Denver.
The Warriors’ heavy loss to the Celtics may have been the worst thing to happen for the Nuggets. Expect the visitors to bear the brunt of the two-time champs’ blowback.
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