Apr 26, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson (3) attempts a shot under the reach of Golden State Warriors guard Jarrett Jack (2) in the fourth quarter during game three of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Nuggets 110-108. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors Look To Gain Strangle Hold vs Nuggets: Game Preview

A strangle hold, for the Warriors at least, would be a 3-1 series advantage. Tonight is a very crucial game, like the rest. The Dubs lost the first game of the series, but rebounded strong to win games two and three. Tonight they face the Nuggets at home again, and look to have the edge going back to Denver. This way, even if they lose Game 5, they still lead the series. It’s not going to be easy, however, as the Nuggets are confident and positive even about the loss on Friday. It’s going to be another good one.

To win, the Warriors are going to have to feed off the energy that the crowd gives them, and find a way to defend Ty Lawson without fouling him. For most of the contest, Stephen Curry will be on an easier defensive task, and Klay Thompson will have to deal with Ty Lawson. Fortunately for him, however, he can exert all the effort on defense because Harrison Barnes can help him on offense. The Nuggets were so close to beating the Warriors. If the Dubs want to keep home-court advantage in this series, they’re going to have to win today, otherwise the road win was pointless.

I’m sure Mark Jackson is going to come out with another brilliant plan to counter George Karl’s plans. The Warriors came out in the 3rd quarter hot, and they outscored the Nuggets by 15, and took the lead, coming back from a 12 point half-time deficit. It was a great win, but tonight, a 3-1 stranglehold on the series sure looks good.

Game Predictions:

Matchup to Watch: Thompson

Players to Watch: Curry, Barnes, Kenneth Faried, Andrew Bogut

Leading Scorer: Curry

Winner: Either, but by less than three points

Probable Lineups:

Warriors:

1. Curry

2. Jarrett Jack

3. Thompson

4. Barnes

5. Bogut

Nuggets:

1. Lawson

2. Evan Fournier

3. Andre Iguodala

4. Wilson Chandler

5. Faried

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