January 11, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson (right) instructs point guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors Take On Surging Nuggets In Denver: Game Preview


Tonight, the Warriors will face the Nuggets, a team that has won its last four games. They’re as hot as can be right now, and quickly advancing on the Warriors in the Western Conference standings.

The Dubs, however, are still 3.5 games ahead of the Nuggets with four less losses and one less win. Tonight is another tough, but important game. Ty Lawson and the Nuggets are looking to get their 23rd win of the season, while the Warriors are looking to create some more distance, and put an end to the Nuggets’ winning streak.

November 29, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Denver Nuggets shooting guard Andre Iguodala (9) passes the ball against Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson (11) during the second quarter at ORACLE Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Some trouble for the Warriors: The Nuggets are rank first in the league in rebounding and third in assists. The Warrior guards and bigs will have to step it up today in order to match the intensity of the Nuggets, which will be pretty hard, but worth it, as the Warriors are already down 2-1 in this series with the Nuggets, who they may be competing for a playoff spot with.

Against the Warriors, Danilo Gallinari, who has hit some CLUTCH shot against them, is averaging 20.8 points per game and 7.7 rebounds. Those are numbers that really hurt the Warriors. Lawson is averaging 15 points and 9 assists, which also obviously hurt the Warriors. Klay Thompson is averaging 20 points per game and five rebounds. He will need to be more active on the glass for the Warriors to stay with Denver in the rebounding battle. Stephen Curry is averaging just 15 points and 5 assists against Denver. Meaning, he will also need to step it up big-time.

Game Predictions:

Matchup to Watch: Klay Thompson vs Andre Iguodala

Players to Watch: Danilo Gallinari, Stephen Curry

Leading Scorer: Danilo Gallinari 27

Winner: Nuggets by 5 or less

Probable Lineups:

1. Stephen Curry vs Ty Lawson

2. Klay Thompson vs Andre Iguodala

3. Harrison Barnes vs Danilo Gallinari

4. David Lee vs Kenneth Faried

5. Festus Ezeli vs Kosta Koufas

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