Denver Nuggets vs Golden State Warriors Prediction, 4/18/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Golden State Warriors
Date: Monday, April 18, 2022
Location: Chase Center in San Francisco, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Denver (+8)
Chase Center is where the Golden State Warriors (53-29) will try to beat the Denver Nuggets (48-34) on Monday in Game 2 of their series. Denver opens this matchup as 8-point underdogs from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under comes in at 224.5.
The Nuggets ended up losing by a score of 123-107 in Game 1. In regard to fouls, the Nuggets finished with 22 while the Warriors had 12 fouls. They also converted 16 out of their 35 attempts from three-point range. Golden State finished 72.4% at the free throw line by knocking down 21 of their 29 attempts. On top of that, Golden State snagged 31 rebounds (10 offensive, 21 defensive) and had 3 blocked shots. Golden State totaled 41 dimes and had 33 steals for the contest. Regarding defense, Denver allowed their opponent to shoot 52.4% from the field on 43 of 82 shooting. They also distributed 26 dimes for the game while forcing the other team into 8 turnovers and getting 8 steals. In relation to pulling down boards, they collected 35 with 9 of them being offensive. At the free throw line, the Nuggets buried 10 of their 13 tries for a percentage of 76.9%. Denver walked away from the contest with a 46.2% field goal percentage (43 of 93) and knocked down 11 of their 35 three-point attempts.
Nikola Jokic is a guy who was important in this contest. Jokic went 48.0% from the field and recorded 6 dimes. He was on the hardwood for 35 mins and snagged 10 rebounds. He accumulated 25 points on 12 out of 25 shooting.
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Denver enters this game with a record of 48-34 on the year. They are averaging 112.7 pts per contest (10th in the league) while connecting on 48.3% from the field. The Nuggets are shooting 35.3% on three-point attempts (1,039 of 2,944) and 79.5% from the charity stripe. As a team, Denver is snagging 44.1 rebounds per game and has accounted for 2,279 assists on the year, which has them ranked 3rd in the league in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 14.5 times per contest and as a unit are committing 20.0 fouls every game.
On defense, the Nuggets are able to force 12.8 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.9 fouls. They are conceding 34.6% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 14th in the league in opponents PPG (110.4). The Nuggets defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 47.0% (3,367 of 7,168) and they surrender 42.4 boards per game as a team. They rank 22nd in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 2,082 relinquished this season.
When discussing cleaning the glass, Golden State permitted Denver to snag 26 in all (9 on the offensive side) in Game 1. They went 31.4% from downtown by connecting on 11 of 35 and ended up going 10 of 13 from the free throw line (76.9%). The Warriors permitted the Nuggets to convert 43 out of their 93 tries from the field which had them sitting at 46.2% in this contest. When this game wrapped up, the Warriors shot 43 out of 82 from the field which gave them a rate of 52.4%. With respect to three-point shots, Golden State knocked down 16 of their 35 tries (45.7%). They were able to convert 21 of the free throw tries for a rate of 72.4%. The Nuggets were called for 10 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Warriors to the charity stripe for 29 attempts. They turned it over 12 times, while getting 5 steals in this matchup. The Warriors snagged 31 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 41 in the matchup.
Jordan Poole ended up having an impact for the Warriors for the matchup. He made 9 out of 13 for this game for a field goal rate of 69.2%, and had 1 rebound. Poole totaled 30 points in his 30 mins of playing time and accumulated 3 dimes for the matchup.
Golden State has a win-loss mark of 53-29 on the season. The Warriors are committing 21.0 fouls every game and they hit 76.9% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 27.1 times per contest (5th in the league) and they are giving up possession 14.9 times per contest. Golden State has scored 9,102 points for the year (111.0 per contest) and they collect 45.5 boards per game. As an offensive unit, the Warriors are shooting 46.9% from the field, which is 10th in the league.
The Warriors are ranked 3rd in the league in PPG allowed with 105.5. They are forcing 14.5 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 43.8% from the floor (2nd in the league). The Golden State defense concedes 33.9% from downtown (1,000 of 2,948) and opponents are making 75.9% of their free throw attempts. They relinquish 22.9 assists and 42.6 boards on a nightly basis, which is 2nd and 5th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Denver (+8)
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