Golden State Warriors vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, Betting Odds, Picks

  • The Golden State Warriors look to get back on the winning trend on the second leg of a home-and-home with the Nuggets
  • Denver hopes to carry over last game’s success while having the advantage of their home court against the Warriors.
  • The Nuggets won their last meeting over the Warriors, 86-89.

Golden State Warriors vs Denver Nuggets Odds

Denver Nuggets vs Golden State Warriors Thursday, December 30, 2021; 9:30 PM ET
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+150 -175
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Head-to-Head: Golden State Warriors vs Denver Nuggets

Golden State Warriors
Head-to-Head Denver Nuggets
Steve Kerr Head Coach Michael Malone
27-7 (1st in West) Standing 17-16 (5th in West)
L-W-W-W Form W-W-L-L
112.7 (4th of 30) Off Rtg 109.1 (20th of 30)
102.2 (1st of 30) Def Rtg 109.5 (17th of 30)
98.7 (14th of 30) Pace 97.1 (22nd of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

S. Curry (27.9) PPG N. Jokic (25.9)
D. Green (7.9) RPG N. Jokic (13.8)
D. Green (7.5) APG N. Jokic (7.2)
S. Curry (1.6) SPG N. Jokic (1.3)
D. Green (1.2) BPG N. Jokic (0.8)
G. Payton II (.642)/S. Curry (9.0) FG%/FGM N. Jokic (.565)/N. Jokic (10.2)
A. Wiggins (.422)/S. Curry (5.4) 3P%/3PM Z. Nnaji (.475)/W. Barton (2.4)

Injury Report

Player Team Date Status Info
James Wiseman Golden State Warriors 1 Nov 2021 Out (Knee) Wiseman has returned to on-court work but there is no timetable for his return to play.
Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors 21 Nov 2021 Out (Achilles) Thompson has returned to on-court work but there is no timetable for his return to play.
Andrew Wiggins Golden State Warriors 19 Dec 2021 Out (Health & Safety) Wiggins has been placed under league health & safety protocols.
Damion Lee Golden State Warriors 24 Dec 2021 Out (Health & Safety) Lee has been placed under league health & safety protocols.
Moses Moody Golden State Warriors 24 Dec 2021 Out (Health & Safety) Moody has been placed under league health & safety protocols.
Draymond Green Golden State Warriors 26 Dec 2021 Out (Health & Safety) Green has been placed under league health & safety protocols.
Andre Iguodala Golden State Warriors 28 Dec 2021 Day to Day (Knee) Iguodala was listed as PROBABLE for Golden State’s Tuesday (Dec 28) 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.
PJ Dozier Denver Nuggets 24 Nov 2021 Out (ACL) Dozier suffered a torn ACL and he will be out indefinitely.
Michael Porter Jr. Denver Nuggets 29 Nov 2021 Out (Back) Porter Jr. will miss the remainder of the season.
Markus Howard Denver Nuggets 17 Dec 2021 Out (Knee) Howard will be re-evaluated in six weeks.
Aaron Gordon Denver Nuggets 27 Dec 2021 Day to Day (Hamstring) Gordon was listed as QUESTIONABLE for Denver’s Tuesday (Dec 28) game.
Vlatko Cancar Denver Nuggets 28 Dec 2021 Day to Day (Illness) Cancar was listed as QUESTIONABLE for Denver’s Tuesday (Dec 28) game.
Bol Bol Denver Nuggets 28 Dec 2021 Out (Conditioning) Bol was listed as OUT for Denver’s Tuesday (Dec 28) game.
Monte Morris Denver Nuggets 28 Dec 2021 Day to Day (Knee) Morris was listed as PROBABLE for Denver’s Tuesday (Dec 28) game.

How Can the Warriors Beat the Nuggets?

The Golden State Warriors’ usually high-powered offence was held docile the last time they took on the Denver Nuggets. With so many players missing, deeper members of the bench need to step up to support them.

In their 86-89 loss to the Denver Nuggets, the Warriors bench contributed just 15 points to the Nuggets bench’s 26. Expected to make valuable contributions due to their veteran experience, Otto Porter and Andre Iguodala combined for just 1 point on 0 of 6 shooting from the field.

The Warriors have an energetic piece in Jonathan Kuminga off the bench, but they’ll need more from their reserves if they hope to take down a focused Warriors team.

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Warriors Key Player: (G) Stephen Curry


It almost seems cruel to ask Stephen Curry to carry the Warriors more than he does, but his inefficiency last game was a key factor in the team’s loss.

Curry was just 6 of 16 on the night, with 14 of his field-goal attempts coming from three-point range. Curry’s lack of diversity on the offensive end played right into Denver’s defensive game plan.

For the Warriors to take this victory, Curry needs to be at his best. Despite his prowess, settling for sole threes won’t win them the game. The more aggressive Curry is scoring the ball, the more the game opens up for the Warriors.

How Can the Nuggets Beat the Warriors?

The Denver Nuggets were able to take away one of the Warriors’ key weapons in their last game, the three-point shot. If Denver’s defence can remain disciplined like their last meeting, they could take the victory.

Known for their ball movement and ability to find three-point opportunities, the Nuggets were able to hold the Warriors to just 31.3% shooting from the field. While Golden State shot just 10 of 32 from deep, Denver were fortunate to with how reserved the Warriors bench was shooting the ball.

Golden State isn’t the type of team to make the same mistakes two games in a row. For Denver to succeed, they’ll need to adjust to keep the Warriors offence in control.

Nuggets Key Player: (C) Nikola Jokic


The reigning MVP showed this year’s MVP frontrunner that he isn’t going to relinquish his title so easily. Nikola Jokic was dominant in Denver’s last meeting with the Warriors, and he’ll need to have a similar effect this time out.

In Jokic’s last meeting with the Warriors, he posted 22 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals on 8 of 19 shooting from the field. Jokic was also excellent defensively, as he collected the game-saving block one a last second attempt by Kuminga.

If there is anywhere that Jokic can improve in this second meeting it will be from range and in the turnover department. He had 8 turnovers and failed to convert on 5 three-point field goal attempts – both areas he could refine in this game.

How to Watch Golden State Warriors vs Denver Nuggets

Golden State Warriors vs Denver Nuggets Information
Teams Golden State Warriors vs. Denver Nuggets
Location Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado
Time 9:30 PM EST, December 30th, 2021
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