2013 NBA Playoffs: Denver Nuggets’ Home Court Success Will Be Enough Against Golden State Warriors

Chris Humphreys-USA Today Sports

Superstar is not a word that particularly comes to mind when you think of the Denver Nuggets. Balance however, is.

The Nuggets have had an incredible 2013-14 season, totaling 57 wins and earning the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. In addition to that, Denver boasts the highest ranked offense in terms of points per game (106.1) in the NBA. The Nuggets are second in the league in rebounds per game (45.0) and third in assists (24.4). The numbers certainly stand out, so there should be no denying Denver’s ability to make a little noise in this year’s playoffs.

The most impressive of their statistics however, is their home record. Denver is a remarkable 38-3 at home this season. That’s right, only three teams have beat them inside their own doors this season. When you get into the playoffs — taking care of business on your home floor is highly important, so that advantage certainly goes to the Nuggets right out of the gate in their first round match-up with the No. 6 Golden State Warriors.

Stephen Curry has had a fantastic season for the Warriors here in 2012-13, but it’s nothing that Denver can’t handle. The Nuggets are used to outscoring opponents and a sharpshooter and scorer like Curry is a worry, but not likely a tipping point in this series. Curry has the capability to go off, but you know that Denver is well aware of this.

The Nuggets will play host to the Warriors in Game 1 on Saturday evening. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30pm (EST). For the Warriors to mathematically have any chance of winning this series, they must win one game in Denver — a feat that has only been accomplished three times since the start of the regular season.

 

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