No. 3 Denver Nuggets vs. No. 6 Golden State Warriors
Season Series: Denver 3-1
How they matchup:
Points per game: 106.1 (first)
Rebounds per game: 45.0 (second)
Assists per game: 24.4 (third)
Points allowed per game: 101.1 (23rd)
Field goal percentage: 47.8% (fifth)
Three-point percentage: 34.3% (25th)
Free-throw percentage: 70.1% (28th)
Golden State- 47-35
Points per game: 101.2 (seventh)
Rebounds per game: 45.0 (third)
Assists per game: 22.5 (15th)
Points allowed per game: 100.3 (19th)
Field goal percentage: 45.8% (11th)
Three-point percentage: 40.3% (first)
Free-throw percentage: 79.0% (fourth)
What to expect: This could be as entertaining a series as we have in the first round.
I would expect to see a lot of fast-paced action and the young stars on both teams to thrive with the high-octane tempo.
The one disadvantage the Nuggets have is that they aren’t a great shooting team. Golden State can win this series from behind the arc and I’m sure we will see a lot of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
The difference makers will be the Nuggets bigs though, as I expect Kenneth Faried and JaVale McGee to impact this series in a big way.
Curry will be big for the Warriors, but for the Nuggets to win, Ty Lawson has to have a big series.
Home court will be huge as the Nuggets simply don’t lose at the Pepsi Center.
Prediction: Denver in six