Date/Time: 04-02-2019, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Golden State Warriors -8.5
The two best squads of the West face off in this high caliber duel, when the Denver Nuggets, looking to bounce back after their latest surprising home defeat by the weaker Wizards, are visiting the defending champions Golden State Warriors, who on the other hand want to turn their latest victory into a streak.
Nuggets are 51-25 so far in the league and are sitting on the 2nd place of the Western Conference. They are 1-2 in their last 3 games and in their latest matchup they got defeated by Washington at home, 90-95. Warriors are 52-24 so far in the league and are sitting on top of the Western Conference. They are 3-1 in their last 4 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Charlotte at home, 137-90.
Top Basketball BookmakersDenver are led in scoring by Nikola Jokic with 20.3 ppg. He also leads the team both in rebounding with 10.9 and in assists made with 7.4 per game, while Jamal Murray follows with 18.2 ppg, adding 4.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. Gary Harris adds 13.1 ppg. Golden State are led in scoring by Stephen Curry with 27.9 ppg. He also adds 5.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game, while Kevin Durant follows with 26.6 ppg, adding 5.8 assists and 6.6 rebounds per game. Klay Thompson adds 22.1 ppg and 3.9 rebounds per game.
Golden State lead Denver 2-1 wins so far this season and they have been victorious in their previous home game by 17 points. Golden State are 27-11 at home, while Denver are 20-18 on the road. Golden State have a better offense 117.7 ppg to Denver’s 110.9 ppg, while Denver have a better defense, allowing 106.7 ppg to Golden State’s 111.5. Golden State have a better accuracy both from the field (48.9% to 46.6%) and from behind the arc (38.3% to 35.2%). They are also better in assists per game (29.3 to 27.4), while Denver commit fewer turnovers (13 to 13.7) and grab more rebounds per game (46.7 to 46). It is going to be a close game and expect the guests to force a closer game than 9 points so pick the Nuggets in this one.
Denver Nuggets vs Golden State Warriors Prediction: Denver Nuggets +8.5 (-109)