NBA Preview and Free Pick: Denver Nuggets vs. Golden State Warriors
Tonight’s NBA schedule is highlighted by a heavyweight showdown of the top two teams in the
Western Conference. The 2nd place Denver Nuggets will head to the Oracle Arena to face off with
the Golden State Warriors, the defending NBA champs and current #1 seed in the conference.
Date/Time/TV: Fri. March 8, 10:30 PM EST, ESPN
Spread: Golden State Warriors -6.5 (-110)
The Nuggets enter tonight’s game with a record of 43-21 (35-29 ATS). They’re just one-game
behind the Warriors in the race for the top spot in the west. They were last in action on Wednesday
when they picked up a 115-99 road victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. That win snapped a three-
game losing streak.
The Warriors seem to have hit the doldrums of the regular season stretch run. The team has dropped
three of its last four games, including a 128-95 home defeat to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday. That
was the team’s first game back after a four-game road trip, for which they went 2-2. For the season,
Golden State is 44-20 (25-28-1 ATS).
Denver has been a streaky team in recent times with a five-game winning streak followed by the
recent three-game skid. Over the last 10, the team is 6-4 (6-4 ATS). The Nuggets have been average
on the road this year with a record of 16-15 (13-18 ATS) to date.
Team totals stand at 28-35-1 for the season with the Under coming in for the last seven in a row.
Nikola Jokic is the squad’s biggest force. He’s averaging 20.5 ppg, 10.8 boards, and 7.7 dimes. Jamal
Murray chips in with 18.3 ppg, while Gary Harris adds in 13.9 ppg.
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors haven’t been their usual dominant selves of late. The club has dropped five of its last
eight, and checks in at 5-5 (1-9 ATS) for the last 10 games. Golden State is solid at home on a year-
to-date basis at 23-9 (11-20-1 ATS), but the team has dropped its last two on the home court.
Totals have been Under for five of the last six and check in at 33-31 for the year. Stephen Curry leads
the way in scoring with 28.3 ppg. He’s also averaging 5.2 rpg and 5.2 apg. Kevin Durant contributes
27.5 ppg, while Klay Thompson adds in 22.0 ppg. Thompson is probable tonight with a knee injury.
Nuggets vs. Warriors Prediction
The teams have split their two meetings this season with the victor covering in both of those games.
Over the last 10 meetings, the teams are tied at 5-5. Totals are 7-3 over that span.
The Warriors are 6.5-point home favorites tonight. While we’re not about to bet against the
defending champs on their home court, they have had trouble covering of late while going 1-9 ATS
over the last 10. We’ll take the Nuggets plus the points.
Denver Nuggets vs. Golden State Warriors Pick: Denver Nuggets +6.5 (-110)