The Nuggets escaped at home in Game 1 of the opening round series with the Warriors and look to take a 2-0 lead into Golden State after the second game in Denver. Check NBA playoff odds at Bovada sportsbook.
The Warriors (0-1) nearly took a game from the Nuggets in Denver, an occurrence that nearly never happens. Denver is now 38-3 on their home floor so if Golden State could possibly get a win on the road, their chances of advancing would improve dramatically. The Warriors will have to play the rest of the post season without starter David Lee, who tore his hip flexor and will need to sit out until next season. Golden State is relying heavily on guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, who each logged over 40 minutes in Game 1 and were the two highest scorers for the Warriors in the opening game. Thompson had 22 and Curry had 19 on one of his not-so-good shooting nights.
The Nuggets (1-0) escape at home to keep their record incredible in the Mile High City. Andre Miller was the star and scored 28 points, but none were more important than his final two in the last seconds that won the game for the Nuggets 97-95. Rookie Evan Fournier added 11 points in 22 minutes in a starting role. Andre Iguodala only had eight points but brought in 10 rebounds and dished out five dimes.
The Warriors are 43-39-1 against the spread this year and 1-0 in the playoffs while the Nuggets are 49-34 ATS and now 0-1 in the post season.
I like Denver again. Golden State gave them a wake up call in the first game but I think they will handily take Game 2 on their home floor at www.sportsbookroom.com.