The Golden State Warriors take on the Denver Nuggets in an NBA Western Conference matchup. The Denver Nuggets come into the game with a 5-6 record, after losing to the Brooklyn Nets by a 6 points differential. While the Golden State Warriors have a record of 6-5 this season thus far, coming off a home loss to the Indiana Pacers.
Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Pepsi Center, Denver
Golden State Warriors vs. Denver Nuggets Betting Preview
The Denver Nuggets are favorites to win this fixture on the FanDuel sportsbook, with a money line odd of -205, with a spread of -5 (-110). The Golden State Warriors are pegged as the underdogs in the outing with a money line odd of +172, and a spread of +5 (-110).
Totals for this game is: Over 228 (-110) | Under 228 (-110)
Odds via FanDuel as of Thursday, January 14, 2021 (8:00 am ET)
The Golden State Warriors Bow to the Indiana Pacers
The Golden State Warriors had their two-game winning streak put to an end by the Indiana Pacers in their last game on Wednesday by a 95 – 104 scoreline. Despite having a 6-5 record, most of the wins have been against weaker teams, and a pair of the Warriors winnings have been by a point differential. Their five losses, however, have been by seven or more points with three of them ending in a blowout.
Andrew Wiggins had one of his best games this season against the Pacers. He led the Warriors in scoring, with 22 points, seven rebounds, and three assists on the board, despite his inconsistencies. While Stephen Curry has had a stellar time so far, securing 20 points, four rebounds, and three assists to this name in the game against the Pacers and Kelly Oubre Jr got 17 points, five rebounds, and two assists on the board.
The Warriors are nothing like they used to be a few years ago, Curry has practically been carrying the team on his shoulders, and Wiggins and Oubre are a far-out comparison to Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.
On both offense and defense, the Golden State Warriors rank below average. They are the second-fastest team in the league, scoring an average of 112 points per game, allowing an average of 115.5 points.
The Denver Nuggets Has Won Three in their Last Five Games
The Denver Nuggets have struggled this season with a 5-6 record thus far. They will be home in this fixture against the Golden State Warriors, coming from being on the road in their last three games. They were victorious in two of the three road games, only losing to the Brooklyn Nets in their outing. The Brooklyn Nets got the better of them in a 122 – 116 victory against the Denver Nuggets.
The Nuggets had a two-game winning streak, having defeated the New York Knicks (89 – 114) and the Philadelphia 76ers (103 – 115). This was cut short by the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday. Nikola Jovic led the Nuggets in scoring, with 23 points, eight rebounds, and eleven assists on the board, with Will Barton placing second with 22 points, two rebounds, and an assist. Jamal Murray had 20 points and four assists, while Monte Morris secured 14 points, a rebound, and two assists.
The Denver Nuggets have an average of 116.5 points per game and have allowed an average of 113.6 points. They rank third in shooting percentage and fifth in offensive rebounding percentage in the league this season.
The Denver Nuggets are all offensive and very little on defense right now as they rank bottom five on defense. We expect the game to be a close one, but Denver Nuggets should edge the Golden State Warriors out.
Pick: Denver Nuggets to win (-205) at FanDuel