With the Nuggets only winning one of their last three games and having two more games until the All-Star Break, they’re looking for a win against the best team in the league. This game comes just two days after they took a loss to Cleveland.
This is the Nuggets third and final regular season meeting against Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.
In our last meeting on January 2nd, the Nuggets fell to the Warriors, 127-119.
In that particular matchup, the Nuggets were led by Nikola Jokic, who had 21 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 assists. Wilson Chandler also added 21 points of his own, along with 4 boards and 2 assists. Right behind Chandler and Jokic was Danilo Gallinari with 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists.
With no surprise at all, the Warriors Big 4 lead the way for GSW. Klay Thompson led with 25 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 dime. Steph Curry contributed 22 points and 5 boards. Kevin Durant added 21 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists and Draymond Green threw in 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists.
Denver’s starters were outscored by the Warriors, 94-80.
While the Warriors are a tough matchup, the Nuggets have the talent on their team to compete and win against the Warriors. Tonight’s game comes just one day after the Nuggets traded Jusuf Nurkic and a 2017 first-round pick to Portland in exchange for cash, a 2018 second-round pick, and Mason Plumlee. Plumlee will not make his Nuggets debut on Monday night against the Warriors.
Golden State is visiting the Mile High City winning 8 of their last 10 games. The Nuggets are hosting the Warriors winning 5 of their last 10 games.
Denver is one game ahead of Portland and a game and a half ahead of the Kings as they fight to keep a hold on the eighth seed in the Western Conference.
Nuggets Stats: Warriors Stats:
FG%: 46.1 FG%: 50.1
RPG: 46.6 RPG: 44.9
Last 10: 5-5 Last 10: 8-2
- The obvious key is to contain KD, Curry and Klay, but that’s not where I’m going with this. The NBA’s per minute leader in plus-minus right now is…JaVale McGee.
- Both the Nuggets and Warriors are amongst the league leaders in points per game. The offense will be there, but the team that executes down the stretch will come out victorious.
- An interesting and not often mentioned stat is possessions per game, in which the Warriors rank 2nd in the league. Limit second chance opportunities because they WILL capitalize.
Gary Harris (hamstring) probable
Darrell Arthur (knee) questionable
Emmanuel Mudiay (back) questionable
Kenneth Faried (ankle) out
Danilo Gallinari (groin) out
Zaza Pachulia (shoulder) out
David West (thumb) out
**TIPOFF IS AT 7:00 PM MST**