Denver Not Going Away Quietly
The Denver Nuggets emerged with a 126-121 win in Sunday’s Game 4, forcing this series back to San Francisco. Game 5 is scheduled for Wednesday evening.
The Golden State Warriors were again able to have their way offensively, only this time they were met with equal offensive force. The Nuggets finally provided Nikola Jokic with the support he needed.
Warriors Looking for More of Same
There’s not much the Warriors need to do differently to secure passage into the second-round of the playoffs.
As it stands, Denver doesn’t have answers for Golden State’s assault, and without any major defensive adjustments, Golden State should feel confident in its ability to prevent the Nuggets from replicating their Game 4 outburst.
Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr admitted it was a “good experience” for some of his players to have had a closeout game on the road, and that the team would be better prepared in Game 5 Wednesday.
Matching the Nuggets’ intensity on their home floor should be an easier task than on the road. There’s little else the Warriors need to do to assume control of this game and dust Denver
Golden State’s offense remains above what the Nuggets are capable of defending, and if the Warriors continue executing their sets, then the impetus is on the Nuggets to find a way to stop it.
Nuggets in Familiar Territory
Being down 3-1 down in a playoff series is something the Nuggets are all too familiar.
“Out of all the teams in the playoffs, I think we’re probably the most comfortable being down, 3-1,” coach Mike Malone said after Game 4.
The offense (outside of Jokic) finally received the production it needed, including some consistency during the minutes he was off the floor.
The non-Jokic minutes have been pivotal, and that’s proven to the case this series. In Game 3, the team were -6 when Jokic was off the floor in a game they ultimately lost by five points.
In Game 4, they were +1 in those minutes, giving them the opportunity to close out the game with a lead just about the entirety of the final quarter.
Despite the Nuggets showing some much needed fight the team is still heavily outclassed across the floor and the inflated market number on them for Game 5 is reflective of the disparity between these two teams.
Nuggets vs Warriors Head-to-Head
The Denver Nuggets were 126-121 winners in Game 4 as they avoided the sweep as 4½ point underdogs.
That was their first against-the-spread (ATS) cover of the series.
Nuggets vs Warriors Game Information
- Game: Nuggets (48-34) vs Warriors (53-29)
- Location: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA
- Day/Time: Wednesday, 10:00 p.m. ET
- Nuggets vs Warriors Streaming: TNT
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Nuggets vs Warriors Prediction
The Warriors offense has not be stopped this series, and that’s going to be the case once again.
The Nuggets were impressive in staving off elimination Sunday, and that level of offensive production needs to become the norm if they’re to give themselves another shot,
This game should be one where both teams try to attack in transition, and not bogged into half court sets.
Expect another high-scoring shootout this timer, and if you’re betting this game, the “over” is again the way to go, just as it was in Game 4.