Denver Nuggets (24-11) vs. Golden State Warriors (15-17)
As NBA season 2024 continues to heat up, Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors are set to meet in a highly anticipated matchup on January 4th 2024. The Nuggets boasting a 24-11 record have established themselves as one of the league’s premier squads; while their counterparts, at 15-17 record, are looking for consistency to push back into contention. Fans and top sportsbooks alike look forward to this game set at Chase Center and broadcast live by TNT which promises an exhilarating game sure to test both squads’ skills!
The Denver Nuggets have shown remarkable strides this season, as evidenced by their impressive record. Offensively they have been an offensive powerhouse, scoring 115.3 points per game with an outstanding 49% field goal percentage and 3-point shooting of 37.7%; their 3-point shooting also adds critical depth. Defensively they average 44.6 rebounds per game which have proven instrumental in turning defense into offense; maintaining this level of performance especially away from home will be vital to future wins by this squad.
Golden State Warriors have shown moments of brilliance but struggled to maintain consistency on offense, scoring an average of 116.8 points per game but trailing Denver in field goal and 3-point percentage (45.9% and 36.8%, respectively). Meanwhile, they excel in free throw shooting (79.5%) and rebounding with an average 47.3 rebound total per game; their challenge will be translating these stats into consistent performances against top-tier teams like Denver.
Denver Nuggets vs. Golden State Warriors Game Info
|Thursday, January 4, 2024, at 10:00 PM ET
|NBA League Pass
Nikola Jokic (C) vs. Stephen Curry (PG)
Nikola Jokic has been an outstanding performer this season for the Nuggets, playing all 33 games while averaging 26.1 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 9.2 assists per contest – becoming an evening triple-double threat! With his high shooting efficiency combined with playmaking abilities as well as defensive rebounding skills and being able to immediately initiate offense again afterwards being key strengths; though his turnover rate and fouls per game may provide opponents with opportunities to exploit his weaknesses.
Stephen Curry remains an integral member of the Warriors team, averaging 27.3 points and contributing with 4.5 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game while not only scoring, but also providing vital assists and making space for teammates with his deep-range shooting. However, Curry does have more turnovers per game compared to Jokic as well as an ineffective assist-to-turnover ratio than his counterpart, presenting issues against an efficient opponent like Denver Nuggets.
Jokic and Curry engage in an exciting battle on the court that pits two opposing styles against one another; Jokic may dominate with his all-around game and inside presence while Curry relies on outside shooting to quickly score from any position on the floor. Their interactions can have an enormous effect on game outcomes since both are central figures for their respective teams.
NBA Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
Betting odds for this contest have yet to be set due to its close nature. Based on records and recent performances, the Nuggets may be slight favorites but cannot be underestimated when it comes to surprising potential opponents like the Warriors.
Denver Nuggets Betting Trends
The Nuggets’ recent form (4-1 in their last five games) indicates their rising momentum, though their 3-3 record against the spread in those five games indicates some inconsistency when covering it (7-11 on the road). Furthermore, 2 out of the last 5 games featuring over/under bets resulted in higher-scoring affairs – something to keep an eye out for when betting over/under.
Golden State Warriors Betting Trends
The Warriors, with a 3-2-1 record over their last five games, need to make progress in several areas. Their record against the spread has improved since starting this season (9-6 against), and 10 out of 17 home games saw over total scores, which suggests their tendency for high scoring contests.
Denver Nuggets vs. Golden State Warriors 1/4/24 Betting Picks
Given both teams’ recent form and strengths, this game looks set to be an intense contest. While Denver may possess an edge with their balanced attack and effective rebounding capabilities, home court advantage and Stephen Curry’s potential for explosive scoring even the odds. Key factor will be whether the Warriors’ defense can contain Jokic while nuggets try disrupt Curry’s rhythm.
As NBA predictions and picks go, this game could go either way; however, due to their consistent play, the Nuggets may be considered safer bet. Prop bets like Jokic scoring a double-double or Stephen Curry totalling three 3-pointers could prove interesting; moreover, given both teams’ offensive abilities it might be wiser to lean toward over/under numbers rather than under.