The Denver Nuggets are looking for another win in their season series against the Golden State Warriors. Struggling to keep their opponents out of the paint and committing many mistakes of their own, the Warriors aren’t in the type of form that can help them beat the ultra-efficient Nuggets!
Denver Nuggets def. Golden State Warriors
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|Golden State Warriors
|Steve Kerr||Head Coach||Michael Malone|
|43-21 (3rd in West)||Standing||37-26 (6th in West)|
|112.1 (11th of 30)||Off Rtg||112.9 (9th of 30)|
|105.7 (1st of 30)||Def Rtg||110.0 (10th of 30)|
|98.7 (12th of 30)||Pace||97.6 (20th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|S. Curry (25.8)||PPG||N. Jokic (25.4)|
|D. Green (7.6)||RPG||N. Jokic (13.8)|
|D. Green (7.4)||APG||N. Jokic (7.9)|
|D. Green, G. Payton II (1.4)||SPG||N. Jokic (1.4)|
|D. Green (1.2)||BPG||N. Jokic (0.7)|
|G. Payton II (.612)/S. Curry (8.5)||FG%/FGM||N. Jokic (.567)/N. Jokic (9.7)|
|A. Wiggins (.407)/S. Curry (4.6)||3P%/3PM||Z. Nnaji (.487)/W. Barton (2.2)|
|James Wiseman||Golden State Warriors||1 Nov 2021||Out (Knee)||Wiseman has been cleared to participate in full team practices.|
|Draymond Green||Golden State Warriors||21 Feb 2022||Out (Back)||Green is hoping to return within 3-4 weeks.|
|Andre Iguodala||Golden State Warriors||26 Feb 2022||Out (Back)||There is no timetable for Iguodala’s return.|
|Gary Payton II||Golden State Warriors||6 Mar 2022||Day to Day (Knee)||Payton II was OUT for Golden State’s Saturday (Mar 5) game.|
|Jamal Murray||Denver Nuggets||22 Jul 2021||Out (Knee)||Murray is recovering from a torn ACL and there is no timetable for his return.|
|Vlatko Cancar||Denver Nuggets||7 Jan 2022||Out (Foot)||Cancar underwent surgery on his foot and will be re-evaluated in 12 weeks.|
|Michael Porter Jr.||Denver Nuggets||27 Feb 2022||Out (Back)||Porter Jr. has been cleared for on-court contact and is hoping to return sometime in March.|
|Zeke Nnaji||Denver Nuggets||5 Mar 2022||Day to Day (Knee)||Nnaji did not play in Denver’s Sunday (Mar 6) game.|
The Golden State Warriors are up against one of their toughest matchups when they take on the Nuggets. Winless in two games against the Nuggets this season, Golden State needs to be perfect to break their losing streak.
It hasn’t been their offensive performance that has fallen short, but they haven’t been able to contain their opponents on the defensive side of the ball. Over their last four games, all losses, the Warriors allowed their opponents to shoot 51.3% from the field and 42.1% from three-point range.
The Warriors are going to struggle with Denver’s interior presence. If Golden State can resurrect their defensive standards and guard as a team, their offence is strong enough to earn a win against the Nuggets.
“CURRY, WAY DOWNTOWN… BANG! BANG! OH WHAT A SHOT FROM CURRY!!”
— NBA History (@NBAHistory) February 27, 2022
The Golden State Warriors will need to rely on Curry more than ever if they want to steal a win from the Denver Nuggets. He was brilliant scoring the ball in his last game, but couldn’t lead them to victory.
In the Warriors’ 116-124 loss to the Lakers, Curry posted 30 points 4 rebounds, and converted on 4 of his 9 three-point field goals. His ability to shoot was on full display, but he’ll need to be more involved with the playmaking.
One of the top passing teams in the NBA, 3rd with 27.2 assists per game, the Warriors struggled with their ball movement last game. To beat the Nuggets, Curry may need to make up for the playmaking loss with Draymond Green’s injury.
The Denver Nuggets have had the Warriors’ number throughout this season. To do it three times in a row won’t be easy, but they have the blueprint.
In two games against the Golden State Warriors, the Nuggets were able to dominate the glass and limit the Warriors’ three-point field goals. Denver’s size advantage worked wonders for them, as they’ve struggled to shoot the three against Golden State – just an average of 11 of 34.5 in two games.
Golden State are on a losing streak, and will come out firing. As they look to overwhelm the Nuggets, Denver must retain what gave them success against the Warriors in past games. Dominating the paint will be their best avenue toward another win.
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— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) March 5, 2022
With new inspiration for his career, DeMarcus Cousins has rewarded the Denver Nuggets with some fantastic play. With Nikola Jokic out, Cousins was able to fill in admirably.
In his start against the Houston Rockets, Cousins put on a vintage performance. Dominant across the floor, Cousins posted 31 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals on 10 of 14 shooting from the field.
The Warriors aren’t particularly strong in the paint, so DeMarcus Cousins should have the advantage on the offensive end. How he keeps up with the Warriors on the defensive end will determine how long he will stay on the court.
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|Golden State Warriors vs Denver Nuggets Information|
|Who||Golden State Warriors vs. Denver Nuggets|
|Where||Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado|
|When||9:00 PM EST, March 7th, 2022|
|How to Watch||NBA TV|
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