Update: Green is a late scratch. The Warriors will start Jonathan Kuminga in his place.
Update: The Warriors aren’t punting on this game, as Curry, Green and Wiggins are all in for the second night of a back-to-back set. Thompson is out due to his load management schedule but Golden State’s big guns are going for the win here. The lines have shifted quickly, with the Nuggets now listed as a 6-point favorite and the total sitting at 237. We’ll take the Warriors to cover this line at +6, and we’ll still back the under even with Curry, Green and Wiggins in due to the subsequent increase in the total.
Golden State had its three-game win streak snapped last night, falling at Minnesota in a 119-114 overtime loss. The Warriors let a nine-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter slip away as Anthony Edwards and the Wolves stormed back to tie the game and eventually pulled away in OT. Steph Curry led the Dubs with 29 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
Denver ended a brief two-game losing skid on Tuesday, toppling New Orleans in a 122-113 victory. The Nuggets trailed by three at the half before taking control by outscoring the Pelicans 36-24 in the third quarter. That proved to be enough for them hang on for the win. Nikola Jokic put up 26 points, 18 rebounds, and 15 assists in the win and is now averaging a triple-double for the season.
After it looked like they were going to be rested for tonight’s matchup, Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andrew Wiggins will be available for this clash. Meanwhile, Denver has Aaron Gordon listed as questionable with an ankle sprain.
Denver enters the game as a heavy 12-point favorite on DraftKings Sportsbook. The total is installed at 232.
Warriors vs. Nuggets, 9 p.m. ET
Pick ATS: Warriors +12
Golden State wasn’t going to just roll over when it looked like its stars were going to be out. With Curry and company playing, I expect them to make this a really competitive contest and cover on the road.
Over/Under: Under 232
I expect Denver to keep Golden State at an arm’s length for the contest and not really need a crazy offensive effort to get the job done at home. Take the under.