In the second game on ESPN Friday, the Denver Nuggets will play the Golden State Warriors at 10 p.m. ET. The last time these two teams played each other, the Warriors defeated the Nuggets 116-107, thanks to a 53-point performance from Stephen Curry.
The Nuggets are coming into this late-night matchup on a four-game winning streak after defeating the Portland Trail Blazers 106-105 on Wednesday. Denver has won their last four games by an average of 9.7 points and have a record of 8-2 in their last 10 games.
The Warriors are looking to rebound from a 118-114 defeat to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. Golden State is returning home after spending the five games on the road, where they had a record of 3-2. They are also 6-4 in their last 10. We’ll go over some ideal picks on DraftKings Sportsbook centered around the game here.
Pick ATS: Warriors +2.5
The line for Friday’s game is currently set at 2.5 points, with the Nuggets listed as the road favorites. Denver has surprisingly been able to hold steady since losing All-Star point guard Jamal Murray to a torn ACL. Aforementioned, they have won four-straight games, including their last two by a combined three points. All-star center Nikola Jokic has continued to play at an MVP level, averaging 29.0 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 7.8 assists in the Nuggets’ last five games.
However, the Nuggets have a record of 2-5 in their last seven games and 1-4 ATS in their last five contests against Western Conference teams. Overall, Denver has a record of 15-13 ATS on the road this season. As for the Warriors, they are trying to win their third-straight home game after coming off a five-game road trip. Superstar point guard Stephen Curry was on an incredible-tear recently, scoring 30 points or more in nine out of Golden State’s last 10 games.
On Wednesday night, Curry failed to reach the 30-point threshold, only scoring 18 points on 7-of-25 shooting from the field and 2-of-14 from three-point range. Golden State will look for Curry to bounce back against a Nuggets’ team with subpar point guard depth. Golden State has a record of 5-2 ATS in their last seven games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games at the Chase Center. Finally, they are 16-11 ATS at home this season.
Player Prop: Michael Porter Jr. O2.5 three-pointers made (-113)
With the Nuggets not having both Jamal Murray and now Monte Morris due to injury, they’ll need someone else to help out Jokic in the scoring department. Enter Michael Porter Jr., who has really come into his own this season for the Nuggets. The former Mizzou standout is averaging 17.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Porter is also shooting 54.1% from the field and 43% from three-point range on 5.7 attempts a game.
In the Nuggets’ last five games, MPJ is averaging 16.7 points per game and shooting 43.8% from the field (2.8 threes made per game). He has gone over his prop total in three out of their last five contests.
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