Warriors At Nuggets [Dec 30] - NBA Predictions And Picks

Ernesto Cova

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors will hit the road looking to get back at the Denver Nuggets after one of their worst performances of the season.

Denver limited the Dubs to just 89 points and Curry to 23 points on 6/16 shooting. They also forced 17 turnovers and turned them into 15 points.

But even despite trailing by 24 at some point, the Warriors had a shot to tie the game at the buzzer. Unfortunately, Andre Iguodala's three didn't even hit the rim.

So, now that these teams will square off for the second time in three days, let's take a look at the key storylines, injuries, trends, and even our prediction for this exciting rematch.

James Wiseman, Klay Thompson Are Getting Closer

The Warriors have fared pretty well without James Wiseman and Klay Thompson, which is why most people believe they will be clear-cut favorites to win it all once they return.

Thompson is expected to take the court somewhere near the first week of January, while Wiseman continues to make strides in his knee rehab, per the San Francisco Chronicle.

Even so, the team is expected to be extremely cautious with both so they're likely to sit out in one game of back-to-back sets and keep their minutes limited for the first couple of weeks.

Can The Nuggets Keep Up In The West?

Injuries have been the biggest story of the season for the Denver Nuggets, even before the start of the campaign.

Missing Jamal Murray in last year's playoffs has been a massive blow and Michael Porter Jr. failed to live up to the task before suffering a potential season-ending injury himself.

Nikola Jokic continues to play at an MVP level but the Nuggets may need to make some tough decisions ahead of the deadline if they want to make a big playoff push.

Key Stats, Injuries, And Trends

The Nuggets will be without Jamal Murray, Aaron Gordon, Monte Morris, Michael Porter Jr., P.J. Dozier, Markus Howard, Vlatko Cancar, and Bol Bol for this game.

For the Warriors, Klay Thompson, James Wiseman, Draymond Green, Damion Lee, and Moses Moody will stay on the sidelines.

Per Covers, the Warriors are 21-11-2 ATS this season, whereas the Nuggets are just 14-19.

Moreover, the Dubs feature the best defense in the league at just 100.9 points allowed, while the Mike Malone's team ranks 23rd in points scored per game at 105.3.

Picks For Warriors At Nuggets

It's never easy to win in Denver. The thin air often takes a toll on the visitors late in the game.

That being said, the Warriors rarely drop back-to-back games and they did manage to make it a one-possession matchup just a couple of days ago.

We like Steve Kerr's team to bounce back and enter the court with more energy on the backend of this home-and-home series.

Also, having Jordan Poole back in the lineup will give the Dubs another threat from all three levels to take some pressure off Curry's shoulders. Roll with the visitors.