The Denver Nuggets are still alive – but for how long? They will look to prolong their life in the 2022 NBA Playoffs when they take on the Golden State Warriors this coming Thursday. How do you see this game unfolding?
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Away: Denver Nuggets (1-3/0-2 Away)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Monte Morris
- SG: Will Barton
- SF: Aaron Gordon
- PF: Jeff Green
- C: Nikola Jokic
The Nuggets refused to go away in four games, as they got it together for a 126-121 win in Game 4 at home. Nikola Jokic pounded out 37 points on 14/21 shooting. He is the only Nugget capable of putting up such numbers and the team will hope he keeps it going in Game 5. However, just as important is the support he’ll get from his teammates. His supporting cast showed up in Game 4, with Monter Morris, Aaron Gordon, Austin Rivers, and Bones Hyland stepping up in a big way to prevent a sweep at the hands of Golden State.
It’s going to be a challenge for the Nuggets to win on the road in a potential closeout game for the Warriors, but it’s worth noting that this is also the same franchise that overcame two consecutive 3-1 series deficits two years ago in the Orlando bubble. The Nuggets are also getting better with their shooting. After making only 44.4% of their field-goal attempts in the first two games of the series, they have knocked down 52.9% of their shots in two games since. Denver is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 road games.
Home: Golden State Warriors (3-1/2-0 Home)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Stephen Curry
- SG: Klay Thompson
- SF: Andrew Wiggins
- PF: Jonathan Kuminga
- C: Draymond Green
All is still well for the Warriors. One loss isn’t something for them to sweat, especially if their next opportunity to send the Nuggets packing for an early vacation will be at home. Golden State didn’t play badly at all in Game 4, at least offensively. The Warriors shot 50% in that game while also sinking 12 3-pointers. Klay Thompson paced the starters with 32 points, while Stephen Curry led the team with 33 points coming off the bench.
Containing Jokic is always a tall order, but so long as the Warriors’ big guns are firing, they will always be in a position to turn Denver away no matter how good Jokic is playing. Jordan Poole had sort of a down performance in Game 4, finishing with just 11 points on 3/10 shooting, but he’s going to be a threat regardless. The last time the Warriors played at home, Poole went off for 29 points on 69.2 FG%. The Warriors are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Spread: The Nuggets cover (+9).
Over/Under: The Under (226.0) hits in this game.