Denver Nuggets vs Golden State Warriors Prediction, 4/16/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Golden State Warriors
Date: Saturday, April 16, 2022
Location: Chase Center in San Francisco, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Denver (+5)
The Denver Nuggets (48-34) are hitting the road to Chase Center on Saturday where they will attempt to defeat the Golden State Warriors (53-29). Golden State opens this game as 5-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under is 224.5.
The Nuggets played the Lakers and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 146-141 in their last contest. Denver finished with a 49.0% field goal percentage (49 of 100) and made 15 of their 47 3-point shots. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Nuggets knocked down 28 of 36 shots for a percentage of 77.8%. In terms of rebounding, they earned 45 with 11 of them being offensive. They also distributed 33 dimes for the contest as well as forcing the opposition into 6 turnovers and earning 10 steals. In reference to defending, Denver allowed 46.8% from the field on 44 of 94 shooting. Los Angeles earned 50 dimes and had 26 steals in the matchup. On top of that, Los Angeles snagged 37 boards (13 offensive, 24 defensive) and had 7 blocks. Los Angeles walked away from this one shooting 89.4% at the free throw line by knocking down 42 of 47 tries. They knocked down 16 out of their 43 tries from three-point range. When discussing fouls, the Nuggets walked away with 34 while the Lakers finished the game with 13 fouls.
DeMarcus Cousins is one guy who came through in this contest. Cousins finished the game shooting 71.4% from the floor and earned 5 assists. He was on the hardwood for 24 minutes and totaled 9 rebounds. He left the arena with 17 points on 5 of 7 shooting.
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Denver enters this one with a record of 48-34 for the season. They average 112.7 points per game (10th in basketball) while going 48.3% from the floor. The Nuggets are hitting 35.3% on shots beyond the perimeter (1,039 of 2,944) and 79.5% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Denver is pulling down 44.1 boards per contest and is sitting with 2,279 dimes this year, which ranks 3rd in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 14.5 times per contest and as a squad they commit 20.0 fouls per contest.
On defense, the Nuggets have forced 12.8 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.9 fouls. They rank 22nd in the NBA in giving up assists with 2,082 relinquished so far this year. The Nuggets defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 47.0% (3,367 of 7,168) and they surrender 42.4 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are surrendering 34.6% on 3-point shots while they are 14th in basketball in PPG allowed (110.4).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Warriors took home the win by a final score of 128-107 when they faced the Pelicans. In reference to rebounding, Golden State allowed New Orleans to collect 24 overall (18 on the offensive side). They shot 35.0% from beyond the arc by going 14 out of 40 and ended up shooting 9 out of 12 at the free throw line (75.0%). The Warriors permitted the Pelicans to bury 42 of their 99 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 42.4% for the contest. In all, the Warriors went 49 for 81 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 60.5%. Pertaining to shooting from downtown, Golden State made 19 out of their 33 tries (57.6%). They were able to bury 11 of them for a clip of 84.6%. The Pelicans were called for 11 personal fouls in this matchup which got the Warriors to the free throw line for a total of 13 shots. They turned the ball over 17 times, while getting 5 steals in this game. The Warriors snagged 34 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards for a total of 41 in this matchup.
Klay Thompson ended up being important for the Warriors in this game. He buried 16 out of 29 for this game giving him a field goal percentage of 55.2%, and had 3 rebounds. Thompson accumulated 41 points in his 31 mins on the hardwood and added 2 dimes for this game.
Golden State has a win-loss record of 53-29 on the campaign. As an offense, the Warriors are shooting 46.9% from the floor, which ranks them 10th in the league. Golden State has tallied 9,102 points on the season (111.0 per contest) and they grab 45.5 boards per contest. Their rate of earning assists is at 27.1 times per game (5th in basketball) and they turn it over 14.9 times per contest. The Warriors are committing 21.0 fouls every game and they shoot 76.9% from the charity stripe.
The Golden State defense gives up 33.9% on 3-point attempts (1,000 of 2,948) and their opposition knocks down 75.9% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have allowed 22.9 assists and 42.6 boards on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 2nd and 5th in the league. The Warriors are ranked 3rd in the league in PPG given up with 105.5. They have forced 14.5 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 43.8% from the floor (2nd in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Golden State (-5)
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