Eyes on Nuggets to Cover the Spread Against Warriors at Pepsi Center

Saturday, October 20, 2018 2:14 PM UTC

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 2:14 PM UTC

Golden State strives to continue their 2-0 start as a road team in matching up with Denver Sunday night.

Though you still have to earn it for most, Golden State reaching the NBA Finals is a foregone conclusion. The Warriors have all the elements to win another title. The bigger question for those making NBA picks is what will the focus be game after game?

Last year we saw signs of disinterest over longer periods than the three previous years when Steve Kerr's club reached the Finals. Granted, the season has just begun, but this will turn into a guessing game as the season unfolds.

#705 Golden State at #706 DenverSunday, 8:05 p.m. ETFree NBA Pick: Nuggets coverBest Line Offered: JustBet

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In the Northwest Division, Denver improved from 40 to 46 wins last season and still missed the playoffs by one game for a second season. The Nuggets have not played in the postseason in five years, they understand the Western Conference is tough and coach Michael Malone has explained to his team they have to be tougher.

As we went to post, there were no official NBA odds, but our Power Ratings suggest Golden State should be favored in the -4 to -5 point range and that is what number we will work off.

Golden State Searching For Answers, Really

Most might chuckle at this but Steve Kerr has concerns to start the season. (Every other coach wishes they had his problems.) It's not the starting five Kerr is concerned with it's his second unit.

David West retired, Shaun Livingston is 33 and Andre Iguodala will be 35 in January. Everyone else is either very young or not particularly well thought of.

Kerr realizes that any of his older players will most likely suffer injuries during the season and with Stephen Curry, 30, that is usually the age when point guards start to decline.

Kerr is not seeking an immediate answer, but having played at Utah Friday night, that is back to back games at altitude, which makes any player not used to it more winded. Look for Denver to push the ball whenever possible to wear the Warriors down.

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Denver Is On the Rise

The Nuggets feel they have the right core of players to finally make the postseason. Denver firmly believe if Paul Millsap had not missed 44 games last season, they would have made the playoffs.

The one bright spot out of that was Nikola Jokic, Gary Harris, Will Barton, and Jamal Murray had to learn on their own how to play together and they did. This is an ascending team and Michael Malone appears to be the right coach for this mostly youthful group.

Though Golden State can play fast, other teams like Denver have the ability to play at hyper-speed, which can have an effect on opposing squads, particularly in the fourth quarter. That is what the Nuggets will be out to do and they are 4-1-1 ATS in recent meetings with Golden State.

The Outcome

Denver comes into this contest having played Saturday and they were 7-6-1 ATS last year with no rest, losing by 2.9 PPG. However, Golden State closed last year with a 7-17-1 ATS mark with a day between games.

Because it's the Warriors, for NBA picks, look for a supreme effort from the Nuggets and they cover the spread.

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