If you’re a fan of fast-paced NBA action, then this series between the Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors is the one for you. Both teams can get up and down the court with the best of them, making this one of the most fun to watch match ups in the first round.
The upstart Warriors are led by fourth-year point guard Stephen Curry, who set the NBA record for most three point makes in a season with 272 while knocking down .455 of his attempts. Curry can flat out shoot it. Combined with back court mate Klay Thompson, All-Star David Lee and sixth man Jarrett Jack, the Warriors have the pieces that are capable of putting a lot of points on the board.
The Nuggets on the other hand limp into the postseason. Denver lost second-leading scorer Danilo Gallinari to a torn ACL earlier this month, then energetic forward Kenneth Faried went down with a severely sprained ankle last week. Point guard and top scorer Ty Lawson is back in the lineup, and Andre Iguodala has been a mainstay throughout the entire season.
Denver led the NBA is points per game with 106.1 and were in the top five in field goals made, attempted and percentage. The Warriors aren’t as successful from a field goal perspective, but Golden State did lead the league by shooting .403 from behind the arc. Neither team is particularly good defensively, so this series will be decided by whichever team can score consistently enough to win the track meet.
This series should be a lot of fun for fans, and I think the Nuggets will edge it out six games to two. This is the Warriors first playoff appearance in years, but as long as they stay healthy it won’t be their last.