Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors
Date and Time: Wednesday 1/15/14 at 10:30pm on ESPN
Game Line: Golden State Warriors -7 (from JustBet)
Wednesday Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors Analysis: The Golden State Warriors were one of the hottest teams in the league before having the last four days off. They’re looking for their 12th win in their last 13 games on Wednesday night when the Denver Nuggets make their first trip to Golden State since George Karl’s last game as the Nuggets coach. No team in the NBA has played more games to this point in the season that Golden State who sits at 25-14 and in the middle of the Western Conference playoff hunt. They haven’t taken the court since a 99-97 win over Boston on Friday night. They are also returning from a seven game East coast trip that spanned 11 games so the time off might not hurt them. The big key to the Warriors success lately has been David Lee who has averaged 22.7 points on 68% shooting in his last seven games. He will be an all star this year and already dominated Denver once this season with 28 points and 10 rebounds on December 23rd. These two teams also met in the playoffs last year with that series ending in Game 6 at Oracle Arena, with the sixth seeded Warriors handing the Nuggets their ninth first round exit in 10 years. Karl was fired less than a week later despite being Coach of the Year. However, all three of those games were at home. Denver has surrendered 114.0 points and 49.3 percent shooting in its last five road games, losing four and Golden State has yielded an average of 92.3 points during a four game home winning streak. If the Warriors can shake off the rust after a four day layoff they should have no problem winning and covering this number against a Denver team who doesn’t play defense on the road.
Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors Picks: Golden State -7 and under 212.5
Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat Game Prediction: 112-99 Golden State
What to expect this 2013 Indiana at Miami NBA match up: Randy Foye, who replaced Andre Iguodala in Denver’s starting line up, will be an important factor for the Nuggets. He shot 0-5 in the first meeting between these two but has scored in double figures in nine in a row. The point guard matchup between Ty Lawson and Steph Curry will be a good one to watch as both are the offensive leaders of their teams and both play very aggressive defensively. Golden State has more weapons and has been playing much better on the defensive end of the floor lately while Denver has been just the opposite. Golden State is going to score in 110’s in this game and there’s no way Denver will keep up.