Denver Nuggets vs. Golden State Warriors - 9/30/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Golden State Warriors (0-0) vs. Denver Nuggets (0-0)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 8:30 pm (ORACLE Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -8.5 -- Over/Under: 221.5 See the Latest Odds
The Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors meet Saturday in NBA preseason action at the ORACLE Arena.
The Denver Nuggets just missed the playoffs last year with a 40-42 record and enter this season as one of the more exciting young teams in the league. Nikola Jokic is one of the top centers in the league and the face of this Denver franchise, and point guard Jamal Murray made second-team all-rookie last season. Throw in Gary Harris, Will Barton and a full season of Mason Plumlee, and the Nuggets have a talented team that’s eager to prove they can hang with some of the playoff squads in the loaded Western Conference. The big addition for the Nuggets this offseason was bringing over four-time all-star Paul Millsap from the Atlanta Hawks. Millsap is a 49.3 percent shooter for his career and will take a lot of pressure off these young players while creating open looks for them. There’s a lot to like with the Denver Nuggets this season, and a fast preseason start would do wonders for their confidence.
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The Golden State Warriors don’t need much of an introduction, as they have the best starting five in the league and have won the NBA title two of the last three years. With Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green all under 30 years old, the Warriors are loaded as any team in the history of the sport. Throw in guys like Andre Iguodala, Nick Young and Shaun Livingston, bench players who could start on other teams, this squad out in the Bay Area is once again the favorite to hoist the trophy. Of course, when you have this much talent and chemistry, the preseason isn’t needed as much, so it’s going to be interesting how Steve Kerr manages the minutes to keep his stars healthy. Expect to see a whole lot of Patrick McCaw, Kevon Looney and other young guys. The Golden State Warriors are probably the only team in the league that doesn’t necessarily need exhibition play.
The Nuggets are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Warriors are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and the over is 4-0 in Warriors last 4 overall. The Nuggets are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Golden State, 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the over is 24-8 in the last 32 meetings in Golden State.
I don't expect the Golden State Warriors to play their stars or key players much in this game if at all, but there's so much depth on this roster and they usually put on a show at Oracle. When those shots are falling from the outside, there's not many teams that can keep up, preseason or not. I'll take Golden State by double digits here.