Nuggets vs. Warriors Prediction
Steph Curry is set to make his return from injury on Saturday night when the Warriors host the Nuggets in Game 1 of the Conference Quarterfinals of the NBA playoffs at 8:30 p.m. ET. Will Golden State cover as a 6.5-point favorite?
523 Denver Nuggets (+6.5) at 524 Golden State Warriors (-6.5); o/u 223
8:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, April 16, 2022
Venue: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA
Denver Nuggets DFS Notes
Aaron Gordon, Will Barton and Monte Morris will all be available for Saturday’s Game 1 against the Warriors. They didn’t suit up for the season finale, but like plenty of players that got that night off, they’re golden for the start of the postseason. It’s just Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. on the Denver injury report, so expect a similar Nuggets rotation to what we’ve seen over the course of the season.
Golden State Warriors DFS Notes
Steve Kerr told Kurt Helin of NBC Sports on Thursday that “things are looking good” for Stephen Curry to play in Game 1 against Denver on Saturday. Curry looked like his normal self during Thursday's scrimmage, but they'll see how his body responds today before giving him the all clear. If we don't get an update during the day, we should have a better idea when the injury report comes out tonight. Kerr added that Steph is optimistic he'll play, and his conditioning is good. If Steph plays, we'll see the Warriors start their best five for the first time all season, which would send Jordan Poole back to the bench. Poole will still see a significant role off the bench, but he won't be starting anymore 20 point streaks anytime soon.
Nuggets vs. Warriors Game 1 NBA Playoffs Betting Prediction
The Nuggets are just 3-9 against the spread in their last 12 games versus the Warriors and are 2-5-1 against the number in their last eight games in San Francisco. Denver has also dropped four of its last five playoff games when listed as an underdog and is 1-7 ATS in its last eight games after scoring more than 125 points in its previous game. The Warriors, meanwhile, are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games overall and are 5-1-1 against the spread in their last seven games playing on three or more days of rest.
NBA PLAYOFFS BETTING PREDICTION: GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS -6.5