The Denver Nuggets notched a 107-101 victory over the Golden State Warriors, two weeks ago, cashing as 2 ½-point road ‘chalk’ in a double-overtime thriller. Friday’s NBA betting features a rematch between the rivals in Denver, where the Nuggets have a 2-1 spread record in their first three home dates.

Warriors, Lee light up Nets

Golden State WarriorsGolden State has logged four wins in five games since last facing Denver, with the latest victory coming in Wednesday’s 102-93 triumph against the Brooklyn Nets. The Warriors shot 53.3 percent from the floor, collecting as two-point home favorites. 

Warriors forward David Lee recorded a fifth straight double-double, finishing with 20 points and 13 boards. Lee’s mates Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson united to drain 5-of-10 buckets beyond the arc, combining for 48 points from the backcourt.

The contest’s 195 points stretched above the closing ‘total’ of 194 ½, lifting the OVER to 4-0 in the Warriors’ last four games. Golden State was edged out in paint points, 52-44, while sinking 15-of-19 free throws.

Nuggets, Gallinari rally in Minny

Denver ended its three-game road trip this week with Wednesday’s 101-94 victory as a 3 ½-point road favorite against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Nuggets trailed by as many as 17 points, outscoring Minnesota in the second half, 57-36, to surge ahead.

Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari notched a team-high 19 points, shooting 6-of-11 from the field. Denver’s Kenneth Faried pulled in 14 rebounds, while big man Kosta Koufos logged three of his squad’s eight blocks. 

The battle’s combined 195 points leaped above the ‘total’ of 191 ½, bringing the OVER to 3-2 in the Nuggets’ last five contests. Denver outrebounded the Timberwolves, 49-45, while holding Minnesota to 38.2 percent field shooting.

Back the Warriors as road dogs  

Most NBA odds sites opened Denver as a seven-point home favorite, while first setting the ‘total’ at 202. Golden State is playing the front end of a back-to-back, returning home for Saturday’s matchup with Minnesota. Denver will have one day off, remaining at Pepsi Center as part of Sunday’s league slate against the New Orleans Hornets.

I am adding the Warriors to my night of NBA picks, taking the points with Mark Jackson’s club. Golden State has put up 106.7 PPG in its last three road games, while cashing at 6-1 ATS in its last seven road spots against clubs with winning home records. 

The Warriors will look for revenge here after being held to 38.2 percent field shooting in their setback earlier this month against Denver. Klay Thompson cooled off for a short stretch after playing 55 minutes in the lengthy affair, but had his shooting heat up again facing Brooklyn. 

Denver has had its share of octane, but faces a Warriors squad here that has tightened up. Golden State has given up 43.1 percent field shooting, ranking sixth in the league.

Warriors forward Carl Landry is ranked third among Western Conference shooters, connecting at a 60.2 percent clip from the floor. The Milwaukee native nearly had a double-double last time out against the Nuggets, piling in 22 points and nine boards.

Look for Landry and Co. to hit enough shots to keep this matchup close enough for a Warriors’ cashed ticket, adding to the team’s 19-7-1 ATS mark in its last 27 road games.

NBA Pick:  Golden State Warriors +7 (