Nuggets vs. Warriors Betting Preview (April 23, 2021)

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Oct 21, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) fouls Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris (11) as center Nikola Jokic (15) defends in the second quarter at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Nuggets just keep winning. After beating the Blazers on Wednesday, the Nuggets have won 12 of their last 14 and 21 of their last 26 games. Few teams are as red hot as Denver.

Let’s take a deep dive into the different markets out there for Colorado sports bettors in our Nuggets vs. Warriors betting preview, complete with the best odds, picks, and predictions.

Nuggets vs. Warriors Betting Preview

The Nuggets will return to the Bay Area just weeks after losing to the Golden State Warriors. They have a chance to avenge that loss. Unfortunately, they won’t have Jamal Murray after his season-ending injury, but it’s worth noting that Denver is 4-0 since he went down.

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The Warriors are in the thick of the play-in race in the Western Conference. Stephen Curry is putting his teammates on his back as they try to claw their way into the playoffs. Although Nikola Jokic is the MVP frontrunner, Curry deserves some consideration as well.

Nuggets vs. Warriors Odds

Game lines courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook Colorado:

  • Spread: Nuggets -3 (-112) // Warriors +3 (-110)
  • Moneyline: Nuggets -143 // Warriors +123
  • Total: Over 227.5 (-112) // Under 227.5 (-109)

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Bets We Like With A Nuggets Win

Nikola Jokic Over 25.5 Points (-120)

Spoiler alert, both bets we like tonight involve MVP candidates. Jokic going over 25.5 points seems like a safe bet even though the Warriors rank seventh in the league in defensive rating. Golden State should be able to speed the game up a bit, giving Jokic more offensive opportunities.

The Serbian sensation has gone over on this total in three of his last five games. He’s taking on more of the scoring responsibility in the wake of Murray’s injury. Jokic dropped 27 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists in Denver’s last meeting with Golden State.

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Bets We Like With A Warriors Win

Stephen Curry Over 33.5 Points (-106)

Why not? Stephen Curry struggled in Golden State’s loss to the Wizards, only scoring 18 points on 7-for-25 shooting. However, Curry was averaging 40.0 points per contest in his previous 11 games (seven wins). The two-time MVP shot nearly 50% from deep during that span, drilling more than seven threes per game.

The Warriors are going to have a tough time beating anyone in the league, let alone the Nuggets when Curry doesn’t carry the scoring load.

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Nuggets vs. Warriors Prediction, Pick

This is a tough game to forecast. Both teams are fighting for playoff positioning with an MVP candidate leading the way. This feels like a game that could come down to the final possession. For that reason, stay away from the spread.

There is value on Denver’s moneyline tonight. The Nuggets are only -143 and it’s a smart idea to just avoid laying the points on the spread here. Pay a little extra for peace of mind.

Pick: Nuggets moneyline

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