Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#4833 Golden State Warriors vs.
#4834 Denver Nuggets
Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 10:00pm EST
Pepsi Center, Denver
Written by Philly Flash

We have an NBA Western Conference matchup to consider for Thursday when the Golden State Warriors meet the Denver Nuggets for the first and only time during the first half of the season. Golden State is 6-5 this season and enters this matchup coming off of a 104-95 home loss to the Indiana Pacers. Denver is 5-6 this season and fell by six points to the Brooklyn Nets.

Warriors Fall to Indiana

Golden State is looking better than most reading this would have thought but Stephen Curry has taken a new cast of characters to a higher level than they played last season. Curry leads the team in scoring and assists while rookie center James Wiseman leads Golden State in rebounds per contest. That crew, along with Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green has won three of its last five games and Indiana halted a two-game Warriors winning streak.

The Warriors saw their two-game winning streak snapped when the Pacers defeated Golden State in Oakland by a score of 104-95. Wiggins led the way with 22 points and seven boards, Curry finished with 20 points and three assists. Green led the team with ten assists and Wiseman finished with eight points along with a team-high nine caroms.

Golden State plays at the second-fastest pace in the NBA while scoring an average of 112 points and allows an average of 115.5 points per contest. The Warriors are twenty-first in true shooting percentage and twenty-second in offensive rebounding percentage this season.

Nuggets Fall to Brooklyn

Denver has struggled with a 5-6 record and has won just two of their last five games. They are home from a three-game road trip where they went 2-1 with the only blemish being a 122-116 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Nikola Jokic is averaging a triple-double but just about everyone on the Nuggets with the exception of Michael Porter Jr has either struggled or is just inconsistent. Porter is listed as out and Gary Harris is listed as day-to-day.

The Nuggets saw a two-game winning streak snapped by the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night. Jokic led the way with 23 points, eight boards with 11 dimes, Will Barton scored 22 points and Jamal Murray chipped in with 20 points and four assists in a losing cause.

Denver plays at the twenty-sixth fastest pace of play and scores an average of 116.5 points and allows an average of 113.6 points per game. The Nuggets rank third in true shooting percentage and fifth in offensive rebounding percentage this season.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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This game isn’t on the board yet but I think after coming home after a three-game road trip the boys won’t have their legs underneath them and the Warriors are going to make it close if not win this one outright. Outside of Jokic, the Nuggets are just too inconsistent to back at home or on the road and the Nuggets are 2-4 at the Pepsi Center this season. I will take the points and go with the Warriors in this one.

Prediction: Golden State

Full-Game Total Pick

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I think this game exceeds the total no matter how high this is. 66 percent of Denver’s contests this season have exceeded the total and while 34 percent of the Warriors games go over the Vegas number, this one will. The Nuggets defense isn’t what it used to be and neither is Golden State and I see a fast-paced game with plenty of Curry and Jokic. I will take the OVER in this game.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Phil Naessens , "Philly Flash"

Phil Naessens is a professional high-performance tennis coach, writer, and radio host currently based in Cleveland Ohio. Phil is also known as “Fantasy Phil” and has a high level of experience as a former professional Daily Fantasy Sports player with 18 GPP wins. He is now solely focused on sports handicapping and sports betting and has joined OUR TEAM to help everyone win on a consistent basis.