The daily preview muscles into the paint with NBA tips as Western Conference rivals Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets go toe-to-toe.
12:00 (AEST), Tue 13th Apr @ Chase Center, San Francisco
History: Played 185: Nuggets 99 V Warriors 86
Last meeting: January 14, 2021: Nuggets 114 d Warriors 104 at Pepsi Center
Final Thoughts: Golden State Warriors are clinging to a place inside the Western Conference’s top 10, while Denver Nuggets are keeping the heat on the top three teams.
After losing seven of their previous eight, the Warriors have enjoyed a slight upswing with two wins from their last three.
Steph Curry’s 41 points lifted Golden State to a come-from-behind 122-121 victory over the Giannis-less Bucks. The Warriors went down 110-107 to the Wizards in their next outing but put the Rockets away 125-109 the following day.
Curry hit eight three among his 38 points against the Rockets. Andrew Wiggins had 25 points and 6 rebounds, while Jordan Poole contributed 21 points off the bench. Another injury to rookie big man James Wiseman – this time potentially ruling him out for the season – soured the result, however.
The 34-18 Nuggets have won 16 of their last 20 games, including eight of their last nine.
Denver’s current tear included victories over fellow big dogs the 76ers and Clippers, while they are coming off back-to-back home wins over the Spurs – 106-96 and 121-119. Nikola Jokic went off for 26 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds in the latter clash with the Spurs, where the Nuggets were fortunate not to be forced into OT. Michael Porter Jr (22 pts, 10 reb) also continued his strong run of form.
But with Jamal Murray ruled out for the fourth straight game – and despite Jokic racking up another triple-double – the Nuggets crashed to a 105-87 loss to the Celtics on the weekend.
The Warriors have won four of the teams’ last six encounters, but the Nuggets reeled off a 114-104 victory in Denver in January.
Curry’s (35 pts, 11 reb) heroics were to no avail as Nikola Jokic (23 pts, 14 reb, 10 ast) led the Nuggets to the W with a triple-double.
The Warriors are 16-10 at home (15-11 against the spread), winning three of their last four at Chase Center. The Nuggets are 16-9 on the road (14-11 ATS). But they have only been beaten once in the last nine away games.
Golden State are striving to hold it together. But this looks like an easy cover for Denver even if Murray doesn’t take the court.
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