UPDATE: Thursday night’s game was postponed after Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone and three of his players entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols, leaving the team without the league-mandated minimum of eight bodies.
The Golden State Warriors head to the Mile High City looking to beat the Denver Nuggets in a rematch of their game on Tuesday. Denver upset Golden State as a seven-point underdog and will still be an underdog, albeit smaller via the NBA odds. Get the latest news, stats, and injury reports for this NBA betting preview as we break down whether the Warriors can get revenge.
Warriors Seek Revenge Against Nuggets
Have Nuggets Run Out of Gas?
The Nuggets walked into the Chase Center and punched the Warriors (metaphorically) in the mouth, jumping to a 31-16 first-quarter lead and a 59-36 first-half lead. Nikola Jokic and Will Barton combined for 31 points as Denver shot 57.1 percent in the opening half. But the second half was a different story.
Denver managed just 29 points while shooting 25 percent from the field. The team hit just one of its 18 three-point attempts and turned the ball over nine times versus having just five assists. Jokic and Barton shot a combined 3 of 18. And yet the Nuggets still pulled out the 89-86 win.
Nikola Jokic with the game-ending STOP 🚫
Nuggets escape the Warriors after blowing a 24-point halftime lead 😤pic.twitter.com/XF2vUUVXRv
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) December 29, 2021
If you bet online for Denver, you would have to sweat the final minutes of the game as Stephen Curry and the Warriors had a furious comeback attempt. Denver knows it got away with one there and will regroup and try to put on a 48-minute effort. It will need it.
Warriors to Finish Job
Curry became the first NBA player to hit the 3,000 mark for three-pointers made. But the Warriors’ awful start doomed them to their lowest point total this season. Golden State shot a paltry 28.6 percent from deep in the first half and couldn’t stop the one-two combo of Jokic and Barton.
The Warriors woke up in the second half and, without Draymond Green, all but shut down the Nuggets. They just ran out of time to complete the comeback. It’s unlikely that Curry will be held to just two points while shooting 0-for-5 from deep in the first half.
Moreover, the Warriors are 6-0 after a loss and 8-2 as a road favorite. They are raring to return the favor by beating Denver in their own court.
Warriors vs Nuggets Head to Head
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Warriors vs Nuggets Game Information
Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
Location: Ball Arena
Golden State Warriors vs Denver Nuggets Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Warriors vs Nuggets Betting Lines
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Warriors vs Nuggets Prediction
What are the odds of Golden State scoring below 90 points while shooting under 32 percent from deep and just 52 percent from the line? Not that likely and it’s why the Warriors should look more like their second-half versions as they beat the Nuggets in Denver.
Denver has not been as dominant at home as its historical reputation has presented. It is 8-6 straight up and just 6-8 against the spread (2-2 as an underdog on both counts). Take the Warriors and the points on the sportsbook.
Pick: Golden State Warriors -4
We picked the over last game, which turned out to be a terrible decision as the Warriors showed why they’re the top defense in the league. No Green? No problem as Golden State still held Denver to under 90 points. Ten of its 15 road games have gone under as well as four of its last five in Denver.
Pick: Under 214½
Parlay: Golden State Warriors -4 and Under 214½ (+264)