April 24, 2013 at 2:01 AM #51341
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2013 NBA Betting
The Denver Nuggets are not a fully healthy team, but can the Golden State Warriors play enough defense to deal the third seed a rare home-court defeat? The NBA playoffs continue in Denver.
Western Conference First Round, Game 2:
Golden State Warriors @ Denver Nuggets – Tuesday, April 23
Online sports betting line:
Why Golden State Will Win
You don’t have to be a sportsbetting whiz to realize that the Denver Nuggets have been pounded by injuries in recent weeks and will therefore be a team that Golden State Warriors can realistically attack – and outscore – in this contest. Regardless of the gambling software you adopt for your betting business, you have to realize what Denver has gone through in recent weeks, and why this gives Golden State such a legitimate chance to win.
On April 14, the equation shifted for the Nuggets. Kenneth Faried, a relentlessly active and energetic forward who provides terrific intensity on defense and is a monster on the boards, sprained his ankle on Sunday in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Faried breathed a sigh of relief when an MRI revealed no breaks in his ankle, but the severity of the sprain could still be considerable enough to limit his effectiveness in the near future. Denver was able to win games without a fully healthy Ty Lawson, but if both Lawson and Faried are well below par, the Nuggets are really going to scuffle. Faried gives them so much production at both ends of the court; if Faried is unable to play and play well, the Nuggets will have to go to JaVale McGee, a talented and athletic but noticeably underperforming big man who is anything but consistent. Denver becomes a very schizophrenic team with McGee in the mix, while it is steady and workmanlike with Faried on the floor. You might not see the good Denver team in this series, the one that has compiled the best regular season in the history of the franchise. If that does turn out to be the case, Golden State – which can score in bunches with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson on the perimeter – is more than capable of winning this series.
Why Denver Will Win
When you examine a betting website such as 5dimes.com, you can make a very clear and convincing case in support of the notion that the Nuggets will win this game and move a step closer to winning this series. The first point to emphasize is that Denver just doesn’t lose very much at home. Not since the middle of January has coach George Karl’s team walked off the floor at the Pepsi Center without celebrating a triumph. The other thing that has to be talked about in this series is that Golden State – which came on very strong in December and played its best basketball in the 2012 portion of the regular season schedule – has not been the same team in recent months, especially since the All-Star break. The Warriors can be outflanked on defense by a quick, agile foe that knows how to deploy its resources and can get up the floor in transition. Denver fits that general description.
Who Will Win
The Nuggets have the tools needed to make the Warriors scramble on defense. Denver should be able to get the kind of shot it wants on a consistent basis and play in a manner that Golden State will not like. Take the Nuggets in this spot.
NBA Betting Pick: Denver
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