Expect a drop in performance from Golden State has had a strong start to the NBA playoffs, and bookmakers predict that the Warriors will beat Denver for the second time in a row on their home court. Will the Warriors be able to handle the challenge? OKBET is the easiest way to find updated NBA betting lines for the upcoming games.
Expect a drop in performance from Golden State: The Warriors have won 6 straight games, finishing 3rd within the West and making the playoffs against 6th-ranked Denver. There are many questions for the American state without delay. Is Steph Curry, who was injured late within the regular season, fully healthy? Can Klay Thompson produce the identical outstanding performances as he has had this season? OKBET has made its predictions for the series and the series winner.
Expect a drop in performance from Golden State: Will Jordan Poole be ready for the playoffs? That last question, by the way, can already be answered in the affirmative with some certainty. In his postseason debut, Poole scored 30 points and helped the Nuggets to a 123-107 win. Curry and Thompson also shot well from beyond the arc and Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green were effective on offense. Green, by the way, added 3 blocked shots to his 12 points and 9 assists and was largely liable for the team holding the basket as Kevon Looney was constantly outmatched by Jokic.
The Nuggets are unlikely to advance past the second round of the playoffs because Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. have missed nearly the entire season. Murray will not be back this season, but Porter does not rule out the possibility that he could help Denver as the series with Golden State progresses. During the regular season, Nikola Jokic averaged more than 15 points per game, while none of his teammates did. The Nuggets have a deep roster, but their rotation has shifted since the last playoffs. Facundo Campazzo is not getting playing time, having been ousted by rookie Bones Hyland and Bryn Forbes, who joined the club as the season progressed.
Last week, Michael Malone’s team struggled on defense, allowing more than 120 points to Golden State. Nikola Jokic was nearly perfect in the end zone at first, but he then missed from beyond the arc and from under the basket. Aaron Gordon’s performance was unremarkable, as was Will Barton’s, who scored 24 points on 10 of 18 shooting from the field.
Expert Betting Tips
Denver has been very good defensively this season, and they have been able to shut down star players in individual playoff games in the past. Golden State made a lot of difficult shots in Game 1. Curry isn’t in his best shape yet, and he, too, is hitting at a low percentage in some games. Jordan Poole has little playoff experience, and Klay Thompson doesn’t always score from under the basket. The Nuggets’ offense was efficient enough last night that we shouldn’t expect a big surge. Furthermore, the Warriors are among the best defensive teams in the league, so don’t expect much in the way of good basketball. I recommend betting on the following outcomes:
- Total Under 224.5 points for 1.68;
- Denver Handicap (+7.5) for 1.82;
- Denver won including overtime for 3.40.