Nuggets and Warriors are Top in West Right Now
The Golden State Warriors battle the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on Tuesday night. Both teams are starting to break away from the pack in the crowded Western Conference. Both are playing well heading into a showdown on Tuesday. The Warriors will try to take back the lead in the conference and earn a fifth straight victory when they visit the Nuggets.
Golden State sits a half-game behind Denver and began a stretch with seven of eight on the road on Sunday. They outlasted the Dallas Mavericks 119-114 behind 48 points from superstar point guard Stephen Curry. The Nuggets suffered a surprising 102-93 loss at Phoenix on Saturday but bounced right back the next night to knock off the Portland Trail Blazers 116-113. They improved to 18-3 at home, including wins in 12 straight.
This, That, and a Dart Throw
The Warriors are 29-14 overall this season. Golden State is averaging 130 points over its last six games. The team is beginning to gel after a spate of injuries took Curry and Draymond Green out of the lineup for extended periods. The Warriors are close to getting another All-Star they can insert into the lineup. Center DeMarcus Cousins is expected to make his team and season debut on Friday. The team is preparing by adjusting the rotation to give Curry and Durant more time together on the floor. The two combined for 76 points on 27-of-53 shooting, 13-of-23 from 3-point range, in Sunday’s win and average a combined 57.6 points. SG Klay Thompson went 2-of-11 from 3-point range on Sunday after knocking down 27-of-50 over the previous six contests.
The Nuggets are 29-13 on the season. Denver doesn’t have the plethora of All-Stars that Golden State enjoys, but it does have center Nikola Jokic. He might be right up with Curry and Durant as dark horse MVP candidates. Jokic collected 40 points on 15-of-23 shooting (4-of-7 from 3-point range), 10 rebounds and eight assists in Sunday’s victory. He narrowly missed a third triple-double in four games. Denver earned a 100-98 home win over Golden State on Oct. 21 as Jokic collected 23 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.
PREDICTION: Nuggets 128, Warriors 122
NBA Betting Odds & Trends
|Golden State Warriors
|The Warriors are 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games
|Golden State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Golden State’s last 6 games
|The Warriors are 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
|Golden State is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games on the road
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Golden State’s last 6 games on the road
|The Warriors are 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Denver
|Golden State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Denver
|The total has gone OVER in 11 of Golden State’s last 14 games when playing Denver
|The Warriors are 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Denver
|The Warriors are 7-16 SU in its last 23 games when playing on the road against Denver
|The total has gone OVER in 7 of Golden State’s last 9 games when playing on the road against Denver
|The Nuggets are 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
|Denver is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Denver’s last 9 games
|The Nuggets are 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games at home
|Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Denver’s last 6 games at home
|The Nuggets are 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Golden State
|Denver is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Golden State
|The total has gone OVER in 11 of Denver’s last 14 games when playing Golden State
|The Nuggets are 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Golden State
|The Nuggets are 16-7 SU in its last 23 games when playing at home against Golden State
|The total has gone OVER in 7 of Denver’s last 9 games when playing at home against Golden State
Golden State home to New Orleans Wednesday, January 16
Denver home to Chicago Thursday, January 17
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