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Warriors vs Nuggets: The Warriors Continue to Fight for Position in the Western Conference Playoffs

Written by: Christian Jope
Published April 2, 2023
12 min read
  • The Warriors have just a one-game lead over the seventh seed in the West
  • The Nuggets own a secure 3.5-games lead over second in the West
  • Denver won both of their games over Golden State this season

It's a heavyweight Western Conference matchup when the Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors play. The Nuggets are first in the West with a 51-24 overall record and a 32-6 home record. The Warriors are sixth in the Western Conference, with a 40-37 overall record but a dreadful 9-29 road record.

While the Nuggets are comfortable at the top, the Warriors are trying to stave off teams fighting for their spot in the top six. Hosted at Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado, the Nuggets will have home court advantage! The last time these teams met, The Nuggets won 117-134.

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Warriors vs Nuggets Predictions

Head-to-Head: Golden State Warriors vs Denver Nuggets

Golden State Warriors
Head-to-HeadDenver Nuggets
Steve KerrHead CoachMichael Malone
40-37 (6th in West)Standing51-24 (1st in West)
115.4 (11th of 30)Off Rtg118.5 (2nd of 30)
114.8 (19th of 30)Def Rtg114.3 (15th of 30)
101.6 (1st of 30)Pace98.1 (23rd of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

S. Curry (29.6)PPGN. Jokic (24.9)
K. Looney (9.1)RPGN. Jokic (11.9)
D. Green (6.9)APGN. Jokic (9.9)
D. DiVincenzo (1.3)SPGK. Caldwell-Pope (1.4)
D. Green, A. Wiggins (0.8)BPGN. Jokic (0.7)
K. Looney (.636)/S. Curry (10.0)FG%/FGMD. Jordan (.773)/N. Jokic (9.5)
S. Curry (.428)/S. Curry (4.9)3P%/3PMK. Caldwell-Pope (.425)/M. Porter Jr. (3.0)

Injury Report

Ryan RollinsGolden State Warriors06 Feb 2023Out (Foot)Rollins will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a fractured left wrist.
Andrew WigginsGolden State Warriors 24 Feb 2023Out (Personal)Wiggins is out without a timetable for his return.
Andre IguodalaGolden State Warriors 15 Mar 2023Out (Wrist)Iguodala will undergo surgery for a fractured left wrist.
Collin GillespieDenver Nuggets17 Feb 2023Out (Leg)Gillespie is yet to play this season and there is no timetable for his return.
Jack WhiteDenver Nuggets27 Mar 2023Out (Health & Safety)White was placed under league health and safety protocols.
Vlatko CancarDenver Nuggets29 Mar 2023Day to Day (Ankle)Cancar was QUESTIONABLE for Denver's Thursday (Mar 30) game.
Nikola JokicDenver Nuggets29 Mar 2023Day to Day (Calf)Jokic was QUESTIONABLE for Denver's Thursday (Mar 30) game.
Peyton WatsonDenver Nuggets29 Mar 2023Day to Day (Illness)Watson was QUESTIONABLE for Denver's Thursday (Mar 30) game.

Denver Nuggets to Defeat the Golden State Warriors

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The Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets continue their rivalry after meeting in the 2022 NBA Playoffs. The Warriors continue to fight for position in the Western Conference playoffs, despite having one of the league's worst road records. The Denver Nuggets would need a massive collapse to drop out of first place, but their recent four-game win streak provides confidence in their focus.

The Warriors remain one of the league's best scoring units, scoring 118.2 points per game (2nd in the NBA) while hitting 16.5 threes per game (1st in the NBA) on 38.3% efficiency (3rd in the NBA). It isn't their offense that fails them on the road, but their defense allows 124.1 points per game on 49.3% from the field and 40.7% from three.

The Denver Nuggets will pit their three-point defense against the Warriors' shooting, as they allow just 11.3 threes per game (3rd in the NBA) on 34.4% efficiency from beyond the arc (3rd in the NBA). Through their four-game win streak, the Nuggets' defense has allowed just 105.8 points and 8.3 three-pointers on 26.0% efficiency from deep.

Having already won two of their three matches this season, we're projecting the Nuggets to sweep the season series. The Warriors perform like a lottery team on the road, and the Nuggets' home-court advantage is already one of the best in the league. The Nuggets are the pick to make with their offensive efficiency and defensive form. However, if Jokic remains unavailable, it may be worth flipping your choice.

Key Players & Stats

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With Nikola Jokic receiving some rest time for injury management, Jamal Murray has stepped up to the plate to carry the Nuggets. The difference in his performance is apparent in wins versus losses, averaging five more points per game in victories while shooting 48.7% from the field and 43.6% from three. Murray thrives with Jokic creating for him, but to beat the Warriors, he'll need to be successful as the offense's focal point.

Stephen Curry remains the Warriors' biggest threat, as his shooting is dangerous enough to take teams down alone. In the Warriors' win over the Pelicans, Curry posted 39 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists while hitting eight threes on the evening. Given Golden State's desperation to stay in the playoff picture, expect another big night from Curry.

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How to Watch Golden State Warriors vs Denver Nuggets

  • Where: Ball Arena, Denver, CO
  • When: 8:30 PM EST, Sunday, April 2, 2023
  • How to Watch: NBA TV
  • Streaming: NBA League Pass
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.

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