Nuggets @ Warriors: Golden State, Denver battle for top spot in Western Conference
Nuggets @ Warriors NBA odds, spreads and predictions
The Warriors are in a slump losing five of the last eight games.
Golden State dropped a second consecutive home game after falling to the Boston Celtics in a big way 128-95.
The NBA's best offense was ice cold from three-point range, shooting 22.9 percent (8-for-35).
Stephen Curry was the lone Warrior to make some noise, scoring 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Kevin Durant failed to connect on any of his five three-point attempts but still managed 18 points.
DeMarcus Cousins was the last Warrior in double figures posting a near double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.
When is it? Friday March 8th
What time is tip off? 10:30 p.m. ET
Where is it being played? ORACLE Arena
Which channel is it on? ESPN
Denver got back on track by snapping a three-game losing streak with a 115-99 win against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Nikola Jokic put together a near triple-double with 12 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists and three blocks.
Will Barton made five three-pointers for a team-high 23 points, adding five assists and four rebounds.
Guards Jamal Murray and Gary Harris both contributed 19 points and four assists, while Murray had eight rebounds and Harris added six rebounds.
Paul Millsap wrapped up the Nuggets in double figures with 16 points and eight rebounds.
Nuggets @ Warriors Spread
Golden State is giving Denver six points in this matchup.
The Warriors' lack of defense has been the reason for the recent slump; Golden State ranks 11th worst in the NBA allowing 112.4 ppg.
Meanwhile, Denver's defense has been a staple for the team's success, ranking seventh in the league allowing 107 ppg.
With first place on the line expect this game to be close, but I can't imagine the Warriors dropping three straight games at ORACLE Arena.
Take the Warriors to cover with the points.
Nuggets @ Warriors Moneyline
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Like Denver to win a second game in a row? Spending $50 would win $100 profit.
Nuggets @ Warriors Over/Under
The over/under for this matchup is set at 234 points.
Final score prediction: Denver Nuggets 112, Golden State Warriors 124
Take the over in this game.
Where the game will be won or lost
These teams split both meetings this season and most recently Golden State took the roof off the Nuggets 142-111 in early January.
The Warriors will need their stars to return to form especially from beyond the arc. Klay Thompson is questionable for Friday night , but could play a major factor in separating the team that scored 95 against Boston and the team that scored 142 at Denver.
Thompson made five threes and scored 31 points on 13-of-18 shooting in January's match-up.
Denver edged out the Warriors at the buzzer in October, winning the first match 100-98.
It will be crucial for the Nuggets to play through their big man of Jokic and Millsap to slow down the game, as well as limit Golden State from long range as they did in October when the Warriors shot 24 percent (7-for-29) from three-point range.