Steve Kerr described the Golden State Warriors' record-breaking 51-point first quarter against the Denver Nuggets as "a fireworks show". However, they are 2-2 against the spread during this win streak. Curry (8-for-13) and Thompson (5-for-8) combined to sink 13 3-pointers and they each scored a game-high 31 points. Defensively, Golden State is giving up 111.7 points per game.
The second quarter was much of the same for the Warriors as Denver could not do much to stop the Warriors from scoring.
Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets have been in great form as they've won eight of their last 10 games and they will be looking to stay hot after sneaking past the Trailblazers in a 116-113 home win on Sunday. Denver is now 29-13 on the season, 18-3 at home, 23-19 against the spread and 23-18-1 with the under.
And it wasn't that the Nuggets played bad in the 31-point blowout loss.
Kevin Durant sizzled early, firing a ideal 7-of-7 for 17 points and 5 assists in the 1st quarter on the way to finishing with 27 points on top of 4 rebounds and 6 assists.
Golden State held a 51-38 lead over the Nuggets after the first 12 minutes at the Pepsi Center. Offensively, Denver is putting up 110.4 points per game while shooting 46.5 percent from the field.
It seems like the Warriors really marked this game on their calendars.
"When he's healthy, he's one of the more unstoppable big men in the National Basketball Association", said Malone, who coached Cousins when they were both with Sacramento.
Overall, Golden State shot a scorching 60 percent from the floor, including 53.8 percent from 3-point range, in a battle of the top two teams in the Western Conference. This game means a lot more to Denver than it does to the two-time defending champs, so I expect the Nuggets to play a notch above average tonight and pick up a win over the Warriors.
The last time these two teams faced off, the Nuggets were the victors by a score of 100-98 as Juancho Hernangomez blocked Damion Jones at the rim - so this was a revenge game for the Warriors.