Warriors vs Nuggets Prediction - NBA Picks 12/25/23

Denver Nuggets (21-10) vs Golden State Warriors (15-14)

Game Info: Monday, December 25, 2023 at 2:30 pm (Ball Arena)

Betting Odds: Denver Nuggets -6.5 -- Over/Under: 230.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Golden State Warriors and the Denver Nuggets duke it out at the Ball Arena on Christmas Day. Here’s a Warriors vs Nuggets Prediction.

Golden State Warriors 

The Golden State Warriors are starting to heat up now as they are now aiming for a season-high sixth straight victory after blowing past the struggling Trail Blazers in a 126 -106 home win on Saturday. Over that 5-game wining streak, the Warriors beat the Nets, Blazers, Celtics, Wizards, and Blazers. Klay Thompson led the team with 28 points on 11 of 16 shooting, Stephen Curry added 27 points while Brandin Podziemski chipped in with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists. As a team, the Warriors shot 57 percent from the field and 10 of 33 from the 3-point line as they got off to a slow start and didn't take control until they dominated the second quarter by 34-16 to overcome an early 11-point deficit. The Warriors didn't stop there either as they poured in 69 points in the second half to make it a blowout and improve to 9-6 at home this season. 

Golden State Warriors Player Facts

  • Stephen Curry ranks 1st amongst qualified players for FT% (93.3%) this season.
  • Chris Paul ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for assist:turnover ratio (6.3) this season.

Denver Nuggets 

Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets have been on a roll themselves as they've won seven of their last eight games and they will be hoping to build on their four-game win streak after sneaking past the Hornets in a 102-95 road win on Saturday. During that winning run, the Nuggets defeated the Mavericks, Raptors, and Nets.  Jamal Murray led the team with 20 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, Michael Porter Jr. led the team in scoring with 22 points while Nikola Jokic tallied 18 points with 10 rebounds and nine assists. As a team, the Nuggets shot 43 percent from the field and 12 of 30 from the 3-point line as they struggled to contain the Hornets early on and trailed going into halftime. However, they clicked into gear defensively and restricted the Hornets to just nine points in the third quarter to set up the impressive win on the road. 

Denver Nuggets Player Facts

  • Nikola Jokic is the only player to have recorded a 30-point, 20-rebound game this season.
  • Jamal Murray ranks T7th in the Western Conference amongst qualified players for 3P% (44.1%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Nuggets rank 30th in the league for free throw percentage this season (73.3%).
  • The Nuggets rank 30th in the league for free throws made per game this season (14.9).
  • The Warriors rank 1st in the league for rebounds per game this season (47.7).
  • The Warriors rank 1st in the league for offensive rebounds per game this season (13.4).

Warriors vs Nuggets Prediction

The Warriors could be shorthanded here with Andrew Wiggins listed as questionable with an illness, while the Nuggets should have Aaron Gordon back in the lineup for this one.  These two squads last met on Nov 8 and it was the Nuggets who snuck away with a 108-105 home win. The Warriors have certainly turned a corner since that defeat and are now playing some of their best basketball, while the Nuggets are getting back to their best with a full roster to choose from. I do expect this to be a close one for the most part, but in the end I think the Nuggets should be too tough to beat at home where they are 11-2 so far. Give me the Nuggest to get the win and cover on Christmas Day. 

Peter’s Pick Denver -6.5

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