The Golden State Warriors and the Denver Nuggets are going to square off in Game 1 of their playoff series in a crucial NBA betting affair on April 20th. Join us here at Cappers Info, as we make our predictions for basketball for what should be a great game on Saturday.
NBA Predictions: Golden State Warriors @ Denver Nuggets
Date: Saturday, April 20th, 5:30 ET
Location: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
NBA Betting Odds: Denver -7
Warriors vs. Nuggets NBA TV Schedule: ESPN
The Nuggets and the Warriors played four times against each other this year, and the home team won three of the four meetings. The one exception was the first game of the year when the Nuggs went on the road and won at Oracle Arena in overtime. The key to this series is going to be the play of the Denver perimeter defense. Don’t think that Head Coach George Karl doesn’t know that this is the only way that Golden State is going to win this game. G Stephen Curry can shoot around any defense in the game, but he is a lot more efficient playing at home than he is on the road. Golden State only went 19-22 SU and 19-21-1 ATS away from Oracle Arena this year, and there is no reason to think that it is going to be able to get the job done at the Pepsi Center against one of the best home teams in the league. Home court advantage has always been the key for winning games for the Nuggets, who went 38-3 SU and 28-13 ATS at home and averaged over 108 points per game. We aren’t so sure that Denver is going to get to that point total in this game, but it isn’t going to have to. We think that Golden State is going to look like a deer in headlights in opening game of this series, and it will probably get blown away.
Warriors @ Nuggets NBA Pick: Denver Nuggets -7
Warriors @ Nuggets Score Prediction: Denver 106 – Golden State 95