Warriors Eye Sweep
The Golden State Warriors continue to outperform the Denver Nuggets when it matters most and they’ll look to execute one more time as they try to complete a first-round sweep.
The Nuggets simply have no defensive answers at the moment and it’s difficult to see how they stumble on anything at this point in the series having struggled to deal with Golden State’s lethal guard rotations.
Golden State Stamping Authority
If there were any doubts about how the Warriors would come together in the playoffs after not playing together for the majority of the season, those have been swept aside in the first three games of this series.
The three-guard rotation of Jordan Poole, Klay Thompson, and Steph Curry has caused all sorts of problems for Denver when sharing the court and the staggered lineups also give Steve Kerr terrific flexibility to ensure a primary ball-handler and scorer share the floor at all times.
While the Nuggets showed some fight throughout this one it was the Warriors who again shone when it mattered most as they closed the game on a 9-2 run, which included impressive sequences at both ends of the floor.
As frontrunners, the Warriors are a scary proposition for any team and in a matchup like this where Denver is still so limited in its offensive arsenal, it allows the Warriors to be more aggressive on the defensive end to force mistakes.
Nuggets Hope To Land Haymaker
If there’s one thing Mike Malone coached teams have shown it’s a willingness to fight until the end.
The Warriors took Denver’s best punch and came away with a win in Game 3, but you can be certain that the Nuggets will try to land one more and force another game in the Bay Area.
“I know that this sounds weird because it was a loss and there are no moral victories, I get that. But we gave ourselves a chance tonight,” Malone said after that Game 3 heartbreak. “We put ourselves in a position late to beat a very good basketball team.”
Unfortunately, regardless of what they do offensively, there’s going to be little change to the outcome unless they find a way to do something different on the defensive end.
Their guards can’t keep up with the off-ball activity from Golden State and unless we see a huge night of shooting regression from all the Warriors scorers there’s little to indicate that anything Denver does will be enough in Game 4.
Golden State Warriors vs Denver Nuggets Head-to-Head
The Golden State Warriors were 118-103 winners in Game 3, again covering the closing spread.
That results means they are both 3-0 straight up and against-the-spread (ATS) in this first-round matchup.
Golden State Warriors vs Denver Nuggets Game Information
- Game: Denver Nuggets (48-34) v Golden State Warriors (53-29)
- Location: Ball Arena
- Day/Time: Sunday, 3:30 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
Golden State Warriors vs Denver Nuggets Betting Lines
Golden State Warriors vs Denver Nuggets Prediction
We’ve been riding the Warriors throughout this series and it’s difficult to go against them even with an adjusted line on the road.
If Denver is to get the job done it will need to be with an incredible offensive outburst from players not named Nikola Jokic. The Serbian superstar continues to do his part, but the need for a secondary scorer couldn’t be more evident than it has been throughout this series.
The Warriors will continue to run the same sets offensively and there’s no reason for them to stray until Denver shows they can do something to force them to defer from what’s working.
With the series all but done expect this game to be played with a little more pace and conviction from the Nuggets. They’ll leave everything out on the floor, but they ultimately won’t be able to slow this Golden State juggernaut.
If you’re looking to bet online in this game, take the Over game total.