Western Conference Battle: Golden State Warriors at Denver NuggetsGolden State at Denver
Time: 9 PM
Spread: DEN -6
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The Golden State Warriors are starting to look like a legit threat in the Western Conference. They’ve won four of their last five, but will have a big test tonight against a Denver Nuggets team that has finally gotten things together after a rough start of their own.
The Warriors are getting well rounded contributions and Stephen Curry is playing the best ball of his injury riddled career. He put up 25 points in the nine point win over the Nets on Wednesday night.
Klay Thompson, whose stroke has been bad all year, also found the range and scored 10 of his 23 in the third quarter, as the Warriors pulled away from a tough Brooklyn team. Thompson hit 10-of-19 from the floor, which was a nice surprise after shooting 2-of-14 from the floor in the win over Dallas on Monday night.
“It felt great, I get to build on it Friday and keep this win streak going. We’ve got to stay tough,” Thompson commented. David Lee attributed to the own to much better defensive rebounding. Lee ranks among the league leaders in rebounding, and is averaging 8.4 rebounds per game on the defensive end this season.
Denver sits at 6-6 on the season, but they were able to stave off the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night in a game in which Kevin Love made a surprising comeback for Minnesota—and went off. The Nuggets were able to win despite committing 20 turnovers in the game.
Ty Lawson had one of his better games of the young season, as he has struggled so far. The UNC product put up 18 points and dished out nine assists, and second year power forward Kenneth Faried grabbed 14 rebounds, further solidifying his status as “the sane Dennis Rodman.”
Faried leads the NBA in offensive rebounding and the Nuggets average 16.6 offensive rebounds per game. The extra possessions will help the Warriors a lot, and Faried had 18 & 17 last game against the Warriors.
The Nuggets have won their last two, but it was following a three game slide. They appear to be getting on track and that is why NBA oddsmakers favor the home team Nuggs by six points.