Warriors vs. Nuggets Prediction, Pick and Preview, December 30 (12/30): NBA

Warriors vs. Nuggets Prediction, Pick and Preview, December 30 (12/30): NBA

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Odds

 

Time 9:30 p.m. EST
Warriors money line -225
Warriors spread -5.5 (-110)
Nuggets money line +180
Nuggets spread +5.5 (-110)
Over / under 212.5

 

Preview

The Golden State Warriors will look to avenge a rare home loss this Thursday when they finish their back-to-back with Denver Thursday.

Golden State has been on a tear this season, and at 27-7, they now sit tied atop the vaunted Western Conference.

Denver is coming off of two strong road wins over the Warriors and Clippers and they'll look to close 2021 out strong here.

Golden State Warriors

Steph Curry is in the midst of an MVP season. The former Davidson guard had outbursts 33 and 46 points last week, and he shows no signs of slowing down. He's averaging 27.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 5.9 apg, while shooting 40% from deep.

Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole have stepped up this year in Klay Thompson absence, and given the Warriors two strong scorers surrounding Curry. Both slashers average over 17 points per game.

Draymond Green continues to heartbeat of the Golden State roster, but the tenth-year swiss-army knife is set to miss this one due to health protocols.

Denver Nuggets

Nikola Jokic continues to revolutionize the center position. The reigning MVP recorded back-to-back 20/20 games before posting 22 & 18 in the win in the Bay. Big Jok is averaging 25.8 ppg, 14.1 rpg, and 7.1 apg.

Will Barton and Aaron Gordon should continue to be hunted prop wise, as they continue to receive a lot of volume. Barton is scoring 15.3, while AG is adding 14.1 ppg and 5.7 rpg.

Monte Morris has been solid in Jamal Murray's point guard slot, scoring 12.6 ppg on 47.9% shooting.

Prediction

Golden State will enter the mountains shorthanded, and that could very well effect this bout too. WIth Draymond out, the Warriros will be missing their pulse and their strongest defender. Jokic could be in for another big game tonight, as he could make a statement on his home floor. We like spotting them the points here.

Take Denver's spread at home this evening.

PICK: Denver Nuggets +5.5

 

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