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NBA Best Bet of the Day: Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors

Mar 29, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) slaps hands with Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) after making a shot in the first half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

10:30 p.m. ET (TNT) at ORACLE Arena; Oakland, Calif.

Warriors -8 Nuggets

ML: Warriors -391, Nuggets +295

O/U: 219.5

Denver Nuggets

Denver limps into the Western Conference No. 1 seed showdown having lost three of its previous five contests and looked to have lost more than a game Sunday night as guard Jamal Murray, the team’s second-leading scorer (18.2 pp/g), left in the third quarter with a left ankle sprain. Murray’s status has since been upgraded to probable.

The Nuggets also had to finish Sunday’s 95-90 home loss without big man Nikola Jokic, Denver’s leader in scoring (20.4), rebounds (10.9) and assists (7.4), who was tossed with 3:36 remaining. It was Jokic’s second ejection in a little more than two weeks, and opponents seemingly are increasingly taking a physical approach with him.

Denver’s lead over Portland atop the Northwest Division shrunk to 2½ games and its edge over Houston for the West’s No. 2 seed also now sits at 2½ games with six games to play.

Golden State Warriors

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Golden State enters the contest with a one-game lead over Denver for the West’s top seed after winning three of its last four, including a 137-90 demolition of the visiting Charlotte Hornets Sunday night.

The win put a bow on the Warriors’ fifth straight Pacific Division title, and all that remains in the regular season for the defending NBA champs is wrapping up the No. 1 seed in the West.

The Warriors shot 60.2 percent in Sunday’s runaway, including a 21-of-33 showing from 3-point range, in the rout, but also had to deal the ejection of their big man, DeMarcus Cousins, who was tossed with 6:09 remaining in the second quarter following a Flagrant 2 foul.

Nuggets vs. Warriors: The Series

The Warriors can take a two-game lead over the Nuggets – and clinch the season-series tiebreaker – with a win Tuesday.

Denver prevailed 100-98 at home back on Oct. 21, but the Warriors dominated the two meetings since, cruising 142-111 in Denver on Jan. 15 and winning 122-105 at home on March 8.

Golden State was especially deadly from 3-point range in the two wins, connecting on a combined 39-of-74 attempts (52.7 percent).

The Warriors have almost been as good on the road (25-13) as at home (27-11), but 18 of the Nuggets’ 25 losses have come on the road as Denver is only two games above .500 (20-18) away from the Mile High City.

Against the Nuggets, the Warriors have won eight of their last nine home games in the series, with all but one of those victories coming by at least seven points.

Nuggets vs. Warriors Best Bets

The Nuggets definitely could use the win more with the Rockets and Trail Blazers getting too close for comfort, and expect them to bounce back with a determined effort after Sunday’s lackluster showing.

The Warriors, meanwhile, have few motivations remaining, but locking up the West’s No. 1 seed tops the list, and a home win Tuesday night would just about do the trick.

So, a slight lean toward the Nuggets vs. the spread, but take the Warriors to win outright and go over the total with Murray looking like he will play.


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