Golden State Warriors vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Playoffs Predictions

Last Updated: May 2nd, 2013 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist)
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Steph CurryThe NBA playoff odds are posted all over the internet, and here at Bankroll Sports, we are going to be taking an updated look at the Golden State Warriors vs. Denver Nuggets series. We’ll go game by game and updated all of the NBA odds and final scores for each of the series, so be sure to join us throughout this series, as we will be keeping this and all of the posts up to date for the NBA playoffs.

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Golden State Warriors vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Playoff Schedule

Warriors Win Series 4-2

Game 1: Golden State Warriors 95 – Denver Nuggets 97
Game 2: Golden State Warriors 131 – Denver Nuggets 117
Game 3: Denver Nuggets 108 – Golden State Warriors 110
Game 4: Denver Nuggets 101 – Golden State Warriors 115
Game 5: Golden State Warriors 100 – Denver Nuggets 107
Game 6: Denver Nuggets 88 – Golden State Warriors 92

Warriors vs. Nuggets Series Updates
Game 1: In a series that was supposed to be up and down the court, both the Nuggets and the Warriors struggled to get things going from the field in Game 1. Some like G Klay Thompson had good games, but the star of the show was the savvy veteran, G Andre Miller, who led all scorers with 28 points. He also hit the layup with just a second left on the clock that ultimately won the game after a feverish fourth quarter that saw both teams throw haymakers at the other. Nuggets 97 – Warriors 95 (Nuggets Lead Series 1-0)

Game 2: Apparently, the way to beat the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center is to beat them at their own game. The Warriors shot 64.6 percent from the field, inclduding hitting 14-of-25 from beyond the arc to score a whopping 131 points, including 35 in each of the final three quarters of the game on Tuesday night. G Stephen Curry, G Klay Thompson, G Jarrett Jack, and F Harrison Barnes each scored at least 21, and there was just no way that the Nuggets were going to be able to keep up with that. Even scoring 64 in the second half wasn’t enough to keep up, as Golden State scored 70 in the second half to counter Denver. Warriors 131 – Nuggets 117 (Series Tied 1-1)

Game 3: G Andre Iguodala missed a three-pointer that would have won the game for the Nuggets, as they blew a 12-point second half lead to the Warriors in a 110-108 victory for the hosts. Golden State got 29 points out of G Stephen Curry, who is playing on a sprained ankle that has to be killing him every time he cuts. G Jarrett Jack knocked down 10-of-14 from the field in a starting role, as the Warriors went with a small lineup that had Denver confused for much of the game. G Ty Lawson did his share, scoring 35 points and dishing out 10 assists, but the rest of the Nuggets just weren’t able to keep up. Scoring just 42 points in the second half wasn’t nearly good enough. Warriors 110 – Nuggets 108 (Warriors Lead Series 2-1)

Game 4: G Stephen Curry only scored nine points in the first, second, and fourth quarters combined, but he put up 22 in the third all by himself to help lead the team to a comfortable victory and to put the Nuggets on the brink of elimination. It’s sad to say the Denver “only” shot 46.5% from the field, but simply put, that wasn’t good enough to get the job done against a team that just got wicked hot for the most part in both the second and third quarters. Golden State shot 55.7% from the field and 42.3% from long range, but most impressive is the fact that they forced 23 turnovers on the defensive end of the court and had 27 assists themselves. Warriors 115 – Nuggets 101 (Warriors Lead Series 3-1)

Game 5: Head Coach Mark Jackson came out after the game and said that the Nuggets were playing dirty, essentially accusing them of trying to hurt G Stephen Curry. Curry finally had a bad game in this series, as he only shot 1-of-7 from beyond the arc and 7-of-19 from the field for the game. F Harrison Barnes did score 23 to help out the cause for the Warriors, but they were never good enough to win the game. All five starters logged double digits for the Nuggets, and G Andre Iguodala perhaps had his best and most meaningful game since coming to the Rockies. He scored 25 points, had 12 boards, and dished out seven of the team’s 26 assists on the day. Thanks to a 31-21 run in the fourth quarter, Golden State did cover its fifth straight game in this series, but it wasn’t good enough to close things out. Nuggets 107 – Warriors 100 (Warriors Lead Series 3-2)

Game 6: The Warriors only scored 92 points in this game, and they only shot 40.3 percent from the floor and 28.0 percent from beyond the arc. It wasn’t a great game by any stretch of the imagination, but the team also hit 23-of-24 attempts from the foul line, as compared to 13-of-21 for the Nuggets. That proved to be the difference in this game. G Klay Thompson was disastrous and scored just seven points, but G Stephen Curry scored 22 for the victors. G Andre Iguodala hit five threes, but the rest of the team went 2-of-20 from long range, and that’s why Denver is going home in upset fashion. Warriors 92 – Nuggets 88 (Warriors Win Series 4-2)

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2013 Warriors vs. Nuggets Series Preview

The Warriors and the Nuggets can fly up and down the court for the full 48 minutes, and they both have incredibly deep teams that can take shot after shot with each other. The problem that both have though, is that neither has a great history here in the playoffs of late. Heck, F David Lee is playing in his very first playoff series in his long career, and a lot of his fellow Warriors are saying exactly the same thing.

The Nuggets are going to have to overcome the loss of F Danilo Gallinari, who is now rehabbing his torn ACL in hopes that he might be able to get back on the court for the start of next season. Gone with the Italian are his 16.3 points per game, the second best mark on the club. G Ty Lawson and a total of four others are still good for at least a dozen points per game though, and that’s how Denver beats you. There are no stars on this team, but any number of perhaps eight or nine players could go off for 30 in a game.

Golden State is a little more cut and dry. Lee will get his points in the paint, and he’ll probably get a double-double in every game in this series, but the real production is going to come from the outside. This is the best three-point shooting team in the NBA, knocking down 40.3 percent of its shots from long range. G Stephen Curry, who averaged over 22 points per game last season, set the NBA record for the most three-point shots made in a single season. There is no doubt that stopping Curry is going to be a key for Denver on the perimeter, but it will be equally important to slow down G Klay Thompson and G Jarrett Jack, both of which could do the same type of damage when push comes to shove.

In the end, this isn’t a series that we think is going to be all that competitive. The home team, not surprisingly, won three of the four meetings this year, and the lone exception was when Denver knocked off the Warriors at Oracle Arena in November. We expect to see similar to happen in this series, as the Nuggets should take care of this one in no more than five games.

Warriors vs. Nuggets Series Prediction: Denver Nuggets in 5

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