The Nuggets were able to upset the Warriors two weeks ago in Oakland, defeating the defending champions 96-81 in a game where they limited Kevin Durant to just 18 points on 17 field goal attempts.
This time around, however, the Nuggets will have to worry about Steph Curry, with the All-Star guard back in the lineup after missing the previous matchup with an ankle injury.
Who: Denver Nuggets (21-17) at Golden State Warriors (32-8)
When: 8:30 pm MST
Where: Oracle Center, Oakland, California
How to watch: Altitude TV
Rival Blog: Golden State Of Mind
What to Watch For
Can the Nuggets limit their turnovers? The Warriors have been a turnover prone team during the Steve Kerr era, playing loose because it works so often for them. The Nuggets have struggled with turnovers this season, and a pretty accurate indicator of whether they are going to win or lose can be tracked by watching their turnovers. They’ll likely play at a fast pace, because the Warriors dictate that, but they can’t be giving the ball up all the time.
Jamal Murray, competitive dude. Murray was fired up against Sacramento, diving for loose balls and yelling at the refs. He’ll need to be playing mad again tonight, because Steph Curry - well, he’s the best point guard in the league.
If Murray can explode for 30 points, that’ll make for an exciting game.
Will Kevin Durant duck Wilson Chandler? Durant is questionable for tonight, struggling with a calf injury. Maybe he’s just scared to play the Nuggets after arrogantly asking if the Warriors even had a game the last time the Nuggets played them. I’d be scared to go against Jokic and Murray too.
Kevin Durant will miss his third consecutive game tonight with a right calf strain. Golden State will host Denver.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) January 8, 2018