Golden State Warriors vs Denver Nuggets 4/24/22: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Predictions
Golden State Warriors vs. Denver Nuggets Matchup Preview (4/24/22)
It has been all Warriors, all the time through the first three games of this series. Denver threw its best effort at Golden State in Game Three and still failed to come away with a win. The Nuggets are simply outmatched and do not have the talent to compete with the Warriors as long as Michael Porter Jr and Jamal Murray are out. Murray and Porter will be out for the remainder of this series, which will probably be over in the next two games, so we have to wait until next season to see their return.
Meanwhile, Golden State is one step closer to another championship. It will face either the Minnesota Timberwolves or Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference Semi-Finals, and truthfully, they can compete with both of those teams. If Steph Curry returns to the form he was in during the first half of the season, Jordan Poole continues playing insanely efficient basketball, and Draymond Green keeps leading by example, this team can win yet another championship.
Golden State Warriors vs. Denver Nuggets Betting Odds
I see this game ending very similar to how Game Four ended in the Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors series. Denver is a prideful organization and has some great basketball players, including the reigning MVP (and favorite to win back-to-back this season), so I don’t see it rolling over yet. If the Nuggets become five or six-point home dogs, they are an automatic play for me.
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How To Watch
Time: 3:30 PM ET
Arena: Ball Arena – Denver, CO
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Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup
Golden State Warriors Analysis
Golden State has officially resumed its position as one of the elite teams in the NBA. There were plenty of questions surrounding the Warriors during the second half of the 2021-22 NBA season. After several injuries and slumps, they had come back down to Earth and stumbled in the Western Conference standings. Luckily, they are up 3-0 on the Nuggets, and this series is virtually in the bag. No team has ever come down from a 3-0 deficit in the NBA Playoffs, and it certainly won’t happen against a team like Golden State that has won multiple championships! There is no pressure for the Dubs to win in Denver, so they may not give it 100% in their second game in the Mile High City. The bottom line for this team is that they need to rebound better; in Games Two and Three, the Warriors were outrebounded by double-digits. Once they get to the next round, they will likely face the Memphis Grizzlies, who are an elite rebounding team. There is still work to be done in Golden State if it wants to win another championship.
Denver Nuggets Starting Lineup
Denver Nuggets Analysis
It seems that the Denver Nuggets have accepted their fate: they will not be advancing in the NBA Playoffs. This point was reiterated when Denver once again reported that Michael Porter Jr and Jamal Murray would not be returning this postseason; it makes sense just to get everyone healthy and try again next year at this point. Both road games against Golden State resulted in double-digit losses, while the Nuggets’ only home game resulted in a five-point loss. There is not much to analyze about Denver now because its season will either end in this game or the next one after it. What has become evident about the Nuggets is that Nikola Jokic can only take this team so far. They need more shooters, playmakers, and defenders if they want to truly compete next season.