The Denver Nuggets have started their six-game homestead 2-0, and will look to continue their success against the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
Time: 7 p.m. MST
Where: Pepsi Center
Watch/Listen: Altitude TV/Altitude Radio AM 950
Denver (5-4) is riding high after a thrilling 95-94 victory against the Miami Heat Friday night. Paul Millsap made three free-throws with 11.8 seconds remaining in the game and gave the Nuggets a one point lead. Heat guard Dion Waiters missed a jump shot in the final seconds and gave the Nuggets their closest victory of the season.
It was exciting to see the Nuggets win a close game and a game that they might not have pulled out last season. Millsap missed three free-throws late in the game, but drilled three clutch ones when it mattered most. The Nuggets will play four more games on this homestead and will look for their longest winning streak of the season against the Warriors Saturday night.
Golden State is currently third in the Western Conference with a 6-3 record and is riding a two game win streak into their first visit at the Pepsi Center this season. They currently have three players averaging 20 points per game with Kevin Durant (25.2), Steph Curry (27.2), and Klay Thompson (21.7). Draymond Green leads the Warriors in rebounds and assists per game with 7.9 rebounds and 7.2 assist per game. Green, the 2016-2017 defensive player of the year, will present a tough challenge for the Nuggets with the talent and energy he brings to the floor night in and night out. The Warriors as a team are currently averaging 120 points per game and will be a tough test for the Nuggets new and improved defense.
The last time the Nuggets played the Warriors in the regular season was the thrashing they put on them at the Pepsi Center last season. Junahco Hernangomez scored a team high 27 points and the Nuggets won 132-110. Denver most recently beat the Warriors 108-102 in their first game of the preseason, and have played the Warriors fairly well over the last few seasons. Pepsi Center will have a true playoff atmosphere Saturday night as the Nuggets will look to take down one of the NBA’s top teams.
Paul Millsap has been terrific the last two games for the Nuggets and posted another impressive stat line against the Heat Friday night scoring 27 points, collecting 9 rebounds, and dishing out 5 assists. Millsap was just 8-12 from the free-throw stripe, but made his last three when it counted most to seal the victory for the Nuggets. Nikola Jokic had another solid game with 19 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists and will look to keep it going against Golden State. The Warriors have Zaza Pachulia and JaVale McGee as their two centers, but will play Draymond Green at center a lot as well. Expect another big game form the Serbian on Saturday night and for some fireworks between himself and Draymond Green.
Point guard play between Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay has been much better as of late and is something that continued Friday night against the Heat. Murray only posted three points on 1-6 shooting, but only had one turnover in 21 minutes of action. Muiday was the one who led the charge at point guard position playing 25 minutes, while scoring 12 points, dishing out four assists, and committing only two turnovers. You would like the turnovers to be zero from both Murray and Muiday, but three a piece is an improvement from where the team was a couple of weeks ago.
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