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NBA Playoff Series Odds: Warriors vs. Nuggets
Although they are a little banged up, the Nuggets are still a dominant team, but the Warriors aren’t too shabby either. Let’s take a look at some of the NBA Odds and I’ll give you my free pick on who I think will be moving on to the second round.
Much like the game before it on Saturday afternoon, this one should be entertaining and grandiose as well. Both teams like to get out in transition, attack the rim and shoot threes. It might be the most underrated series of the playoffs. I am picking this series to go seven games, as I think these two teams match up very well against one another.
It is really a story of mirrors. Both teams have young talent, both have established veterans and both teams play the same style of ball. I am looking forward to a few of the matchups, such as the savvy Andre Iguodala against the fiery Klay Thompson, or Ty Lawson against Curry. It stinks that Danilo Gallinari can’t play, and we are still awaiting word on the Manimal, but this series promises to be one of the tighter ones.
The Nuggets led the league in points in the paint this season by a ton, and the lacking Warriors defense is going to have to deal with that. Andrew Bogut played 17 minutes in the final game of the season, and if he is healthy and stays that way, the defense should go up. However, Bogut might not see much floor time if the Nuggets go small. As much as David Lee is a great offensive player, his defense is average at best. Golden State might have a tough time stopping the Nuggets.
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Despite all the injuries, if Denver has Kenneth Faried back in time for the playoffs, I think they win this series. However, they already lost Gallo, Lawson isn’t 100%, and if they are out Faried for a few games, the Warriors could sneak up and win a game in Denver. Health is all that matter for Denver at this point.
The Series NBA Odds have the Nuggets as huge -700 favorites, as the Warriors come in as +560 underdogs. Game 1 is set for an afternoon start in Denver on Saturday, and the Nuggets are -8 favorites with a total of 211.
The Sharp Pick
As intriguing as the Warriors are here, I still think the Nuggets are going to win the series. In Game 1 however, I do think the over might have some value for an NBA pick at 211. This could be a 125-132 game, and I think the total is where the immediate value will lie in this series.