Nuggets vs Warriors

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Written by on April 23, 2021

Steph Curry has been on a crazy-hot scoring run for the Golden State Warriors, and he returns home on Friday night for a nationally televised matchup against the Denver Nuggets in a potential Western Conference first-round playoff preview. The Nuggets opened as 3-point favorites on the NBA odds.

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  • When: Friday, 10 PM ET
  • Where: Chase Center
  • TV: ESPN
  • Stream: ESPN app
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Last Meeting

The teams have split two meetings thus far in 2020-21 and last played April 12 also in San Francisco and the Warriors won 116-107. Stephen Curry scored 53 points to pass Wilt Chamberlain for the most in Warriors franchise history. Draymond Green had 18 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists. Denver took a 61-56 lead into halftime, but Golden State took over in the third quarter, outscoring the Nuggets 43-22 for a 99-83 lead. Nikola Jokić led the Nuggets with 27 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists. Michael Porter Jr. added 24 points and nine rebounds. That was the game the Nuggets lost guard Jamal Murray to a season-ending injury.

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Denver won its fourth in a row Wednesday, 106-105 in Portland. MVP favorite Nikola Jokic made three free throws in the final 90 seconds to put the Nuggets up 106-103 before Damian Lillard’s layup got the Blazers within one, but it was as close as they could get. After a jump ball, Norman Powell’s floater at the buzzer was off. Jokic finished with 25 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

Facundo Campazzo hit 4-of-6 shots and four 3-pointers for 12 points, five rebounds, three assists and a block. He played 27 minutes and put up a decent line with both Jamal Murray and Monte Morris sidelined.

Murray has undergone surgical reconstruction of his ACL. He will miss the rest of the season. Murray, who was averaging 21.2 points a game this season, was injured on April 12 in that game at Golden State. Since Murray’s season-ending ACL tear, Denver has posted a 4-0 record, dispensing opponents by an average margin of 12.3 points. Morris is out indefinitely.

Will Barton III had another strong all-around game Wednesday, posting 14 points, six boards, four assists, and a steal. With Murray out, Denver will rely even more on Barton III’s scoring and playmaking. Michael Porter Jr. had 17 points in the win and is averaging 21.0 points per game since Murray was lost while shooting 61.5 percent from the field and 52.0 percent from deep. Porter has shot 50 percent or greater in 25 of the past 27 games, a stretch in which he’s averaging 20.6 points per contest.

Austin Rivers finished with five points and three rebounds in 13 minutes off the bench. Rivers, who was just signed, made his debut for the Nuggets and immediately slotted into the rotation.

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The Warriors closed a five-game trip at 3-2 with Wednesday’s 118-114 loss at Washington as Steph Curry’s incredible scoring streak slowed for one night.

Curry went just 7-of-25 from the floor in finishing with 18 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, two triples, one steal and six turnovers across 36 minutes – he looked a bit tired, missing his first six 3-point attempts and finishing just 2-of-14 from distance.

Curry’s 11-game streak of scoring at least 30 points has come to an end. It’s the longest by any player age 33-or-older in NBA history, surpassing Kobe Bryant’s streak of 10 straight back in 2012. s. Before Wednesday’s game, Curry was averaging an otherworldly 40.0 points, 7.1 three-pointers, 6.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists while shooting 54.1 percent from the field over his last 11 games.

Andrew Wiggins finished with 14 points, was also 0-of-7 from distance and missed a wide-open layup with six seconds left that could have tied up the game. However, he also surpassed 10,000 career points tonight, making him the first Canadian-born player to reach that total.

Jordan Poole finished with 22 points in the loss. The 21-year-old’s 16 shot attempts were the most he’s taken since March 23. Despite a limited role off the bench, Poole has been solid over the past seven games, averaging 13.7 points, 2.3 three-pointers and 1.1 steals in that span. Kelly Oubre Jr., coming off the bench for the second straight game, led the Warriors with 24 points and grabbed a team-high-tying nine rebounds.

Friday’s game vs. Denver is the first of a three-game homestand and the first time in 409 days that fans will be at Chase Center since March 10, 2020 when the Warriors hosted the Clippers. Chicago, Oklahoma City and Portland have not had fans at home games this season.

The Nuggets are the fourth consecutive team the Warriors face that is on a winning streak of at least four games (Boston – 5, Philadelphia – 4, Washington – 5, Denver – 4). Golden State has won nine of the last 11 meetings against the Nuggets in the Bay Area.

Expert Prediction

  • Nuggets 112, Warriors 108
 
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