Western Conference’s summit will be on the line when leaders Golden State Warriors host 2nd placed Denver Nuggets in a regular season NBA match at Oracle Arena, in Oakland, California, United States, on Wednesday morning (IST).
Match Timing: April 03, 2019, @ 08:00 AM IST
NBA Regular Season
Venue – Oracle Arena
DEN vs GSW Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
With just six matches remaining in the 2018-19 regular season, the Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets are tussling for the No-1 position in the Western Conference. As things stand, the Warriors are holding a one-game advantage over Nuggets after the latter got beaten in their last match.
Though the result of the match may not be a crucial indicator of how things unfurl in the post-season, this match may yet decide which team will have the home court advantage throughout in the playoffs.
The Dubs easily dismantled Charlotte Hornets 137-90 in the last match. This was one of the biggest wins for Warriors this season in terms of margin.
Stephen Curry dropped a game-high 25 points, with Klay Thompson just behind his Splash Brother with 24 points. Quinn Cook made great use of the extended minutes given by Steve Kerr as he scored 21 points.
After the showdown with the Nuggets, the Dubs hit the road for a trip down South to take on LeBron James-less Los Angeles Lakers before returning back to home for two home games against crestfallen Cleveland Cavaliers and high-flying Los Angeles Clippers.
Warriors will close out the regular season with the two away matches against New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies.
Steve Kerr’s men are still the heavy favourites to win their fourth crown in five years. The common notion that “beating Warriors in a seven-game series” is almost impossible, still prevails.
However, Warriors may not cruise to the ultimate glory as they did last season. The Eastern Conference is loaded with great teams, with Boston Celtics one of those teams who are more than capable of beating the Dubs.
Denver Nuggets are one of the surprise packages of the season. Despite not changing the roster, Nuggets have come back from not playing the playoffs last season to emerge as a genuine threat in the Western Conference.
As mentioned, they are locked down in a battle for the summit of the Western Conference.
The visitors suffered a chastening 90-95 loss against Washington Wizards at home.
Regular Season Record-
Golden State Warriors: W-52, L-23
Denver Nuggets: W-51, L-25
Players to watch out for:
Golden State Warriors:
Stephen Curry – Arguably the best ever shooter the Basketball has ever witnessed. He is a two-time MVP and one of the biggest names in NBA. The 30-year-old is dropping a team-high 27.8 points per game this season. He wins almost 3 turnovers per game and is making 1,3 steals per game as well.
Kevin Durant – He was in a very good mood against Memphis Grizzlies as he scored 28 points in the match. But the biggest highlight of the match was in the fourth quarter where he scored 9 straight points for Warriors. It was Durant’s biggest score in nine games. He is averaging 26.8 points per game in the regular season.
Nikola Jokic – This has been some season for the big Serbian. Not only he is racking up a career-high 20.2 points per game this seaosn, but the 24-year-old is having a two-way effect on the team. Look at any stats, and he is there, making team-high efforts in almost every department. For Nuggets to go deep in the post-season, Jokic has to continue pouring good numbers.
Jamal Murray – Almost every player on Nuggets roster is having a personal best season. Jamal Murray is one of those players who has taken their game to new heights. The 21-year-old is racking up 18.3 points per game this season.
DEN vs GSW Dream11 TEAM NEWS:
Golden State Warriors:
Injured – Steve Kerr has all the big guns available for selection and Damian Jones remaining on the sidelines these days. The young Center is suffering from a chest injury.
Questionable – Taj Gibson is also a doubt for the match as he is suffering from a calf injury.
Suspended – None.
Injured – Michel Porter is the only injury absentee for the visitors.
Questionable – None.
Suspended – None.
DEN vs GSW Dream11 Teams (Probables):
From the bench:
DEN vs GSW Dream11 Fantasy Team:
More updates to be followed!
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
This is a match for bragging rights. Up until now, Denver Nuggets have managed to keep up the pace with the Golden State Warriors. Now is the time for them to show that they are more than a threat for the Western Conference title.
But getting the better of Dubs on their own backyard is not just another task for Warriors have lost just 11 games at Oracle Arena this season. While Nuggets are just about possessing a positive away record with 20-18 record on the road.
A win for the hosts is our call.
NOTE: THIS DEN vs GSW Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.