Denver Nuggets vs. Golden State Warriors Betting on Basketball Preview
As this year’s betting on basketball season kicked off, the Houston Rockets emerged as the frontrunners in the Western Conference. Behind James Harden and Chris Paul’s efforts, the Rockets established themselves as a threat to the Golden State Warriors. However, since then, the Warriors have usurped the Rockets in the West. At the current time, the Warriors are sitting on a decent lead at the top of the conference. This evening, Golden State will take to the court to defend their lead against the Denver Nuggets, another top contender in the West. Let’s take a look at what kind of chance the 3 team teaser odds are giving the home team in this Denver Nuggets vs. Golden State Warriors Monday night matchup.
Denver Nuggets vs. Golden State Warriors – Monday, January 8th
When: 10:30 pm ET
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
TV: Local Broadcasts
Stream: NBA League Pass
Betting on Basketball Lines:
Denver Nuggets TBP
Golden State Warriors TBP
Injury report for tomorrow vs. DEN: Omri Casspi (hip contusion), Stephen Curry (left knee soreness), Draymond Green (right knee soreness), Andre Iguodala (left knee & hip soreness) & Shaun Livingston (hip tightness) are probable. Kevin Durant (right calf strain) is questionable.
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) January 8, 2018
The Nuggets bounce into this evening’s matchup sporting a 21-18 record that ranks them 3rd in the Northwest Division behind the Minnesota Timberwolves and Oklahoma City Thunder. Additionally, Denver finds themselves ranked 6th overall in the Western Conference. It’s been 4 years since the Nuggets have made the playoff cut, so it’s safe to say that the Nugs are looking to maintain their current postseason-bound ranking. However, since Denver is 2-3 in their last 5, it’s safe to say that the Nuggets will be striving for a rebound this evening. So, it’s not surprising for the betting on basketball lines to peg Denver as the underdog this evening.
To help pull off the nearly-impossible this evening, the Nuggets will be turning to Gary Harris. Currently, Harris leads Denver in points with an average of 16.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per matchup. Similarly, Jamal Murray will be looking to lead Denver to a victory. Murray is second in points with an average of 16 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.6 assists put up per matchup. Unfortunately for those two, they’ll be looking to keep up with two of the best scorers in the NBA this evening.
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors enter this evening’s contest flashing a 32-8 record that ranks them 1st overall in both the Pacific Division as well as in the Western Conference. As aforementioned, the Warriors and Rockets have been locked in a battle for the lead in the West. At the present time, Golden State has built up a decent 4-game lead at the top of the Conference. Nevertheless, the Warriors will need a strong performance through the rest of the season if they are to hold off Houston. Since Golden State enters this evening’s contest riding a 4-game win streak, sportsbook players will be better off siding with the Warriors.
So what line should bettors take in this Denver Nuggets vs. Golden State Warriors matchup? Current estimates have the Warriors pegged at around -700 odds, so there’s not much value in taking Golden State straight up. Alternatively, players can find a little more value in taking the Nuggets to cover the spread. Golden State is 19-21 against the spread this season, so they might not cover it this evening.