(3) Warriors vs. (6) Nuggets

The Golden State Warriors, ranked third in the Western Conference, and the Denver Nuggets, in sixth place, meet in the first round of the 2022 NBA playoffs. The Warriors won the last match of the playoffs in 2013.

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How did they get here?

Golden State Warriors (53-29)

The Warriors broke through the goal 18-2, much like the team before Kin Durant, who won the championship in 2015, 73 games in the regular season a year later. Clay Thompson was still on the road. The development of the latest James Wiseman և Jonathan Cummingle lottery would only strengthen the roster. At Golden State, it all started again after two years of misery with injuries.

Only when Thompson returned, Draymond Green came out with a back injury, and when he returned to Green, Stephen Curry came out with a leg injury. They started the whole season together for seven seconds.

The Warriors are 24-22 since the beginning of January. Wiseman will miss the whole season. Thompson’s return from a number of ligament ruptures was predictably inconsistent, especially on the defensive edge. Kari has not played for a month, և his status for the first game of this first round remains uncertain.

On the plus side, the Warriors saw Andrew Wiggins make his All-Star appearance, Jordan Poole was named Top Player of the Year, Gary Peyton II played at all defensive levels, and Cummings made significant promises. The hope is that Carrie, Thompson and Green can get off the court together and run on the ground again, building on the muscular memory of their many years of cooperation. That is the hope.

Denver Nuggets (48-34)

The Nuggets entered the season without Jamal Murray’s bodyguard, losing rising star Michael Porter Jr. due to a back injury in nine games of the season. They spent last month hoping that one could return before the start of the playoffs, as long as the status of the two remains in the air as the first round approaches.

Acting MVP Nikola Jokic kept them alone, recording a historic season. He averaged 27.1 points (58/34/81 split shots), 13.8 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 2.4 combined blocks and snatch per game in just 33.5 minutes. He leads the league with shares of value արժեք value to the substitute player. His player performance rating և box plus / minus are both the highest scores ever in the Basketball Reference database.

Denver has invested in Will Burton, Aaron Gordon, Monte Morris, Jeff Green, newcomer Bons Highland, and Brin Forbes, but they go the way Djokich does, he’s doing better.

Head to head

The Nuggets won the season 3-1 between the two teams.

Green did not play any of those games against Djokovic, who was a monster in front of Con Looney և Warriors’s shallow front line, averaging 28-16-9. Thompson also missed two of those defeats – none of the Golden State Hall of Fame – on March 7 in a 131-124 loss to Denver.

The Nuggets still needed Djokic’s block-saver Morris’s 3-point shot to secure two of those victories against the Warriors with all their might. On the one hand, the coincidence is closer than it sounds on paper, and on the other hand, the Warriors must have the advantage of firepower if they are to be healthy.

Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic stands over Stephen Curry's talented Golden State Warriors.  (Ezra Show / Getty Images)

Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic stands over Stephen Curry’s talented Golden State Warriors. (Ezra Show / Getty Images)

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Golden State Warriors

Warriors coach Steve Kerr is still trying to recreate his death squad. In the current season, he played with 12 different players in more than 20 minutes in clutch situations. One can bet that Carrie, Thompson, Green and Wiggins will be in the Golden State Finals if they are healthy. It is to take the fifth place. Looney gives more to the Warriors. Porter or Andre Iguodala gives them more versatility. And Poole gives them another game threat.

Denver Nuggets

Similarly, Nuggets coach Michael Mellon fluctuated between Austin Rivers, Green, Highland, Djokichi, Barton, Maurice and Gordon at the end of the game. Malone most often trusted veteran Green in the playoffs, who outscored his opponents by 9.5 points per 100 points.

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In terms of size, the 6-foot 9 Looney is the Warriors’ best defense against the Djokovic. In terms of skill it is 6-6 Draymond Green. The picker weighs 50 pounds each. The bully is waiting in their closets.

Only Steven Adams has supported Jokic more than Loon this season. In the 33 minutes of the match with Looney, Djokic scored 61 points (23-41 FG) and made 20 effective passes, according to the NBA. Green received the assignment last year, a total of 12 minutes, and Jokic scored 31 points (14-23 FG) և 5 goal assists.

Curry has such an advantage in the back of Golden State, especially if Murray remains out of reach, but the Warriors can still win if their double MVP is not electric. Jokic must be dominant for Denver to win.

Golden State Warriors (-200)

Denver Nuggets (+170)


Six wounded.

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Ben Rohrbach is a Yahoo Sports Writer. Do you have a tip? Email him at rohrbach_ben@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter. Follow @ brohrbach

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