Date/Time: April 23, 2013, 10:30 pm ET
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Point Spread: Denver -8
The Golden State Warriors let a golden opportunity to gain the early edge in this best-of-seven opening round series slip through their hands in a 97-95 loss in Game 1 this past Saturday as 7.5-point road underdogs. After Stephen Curry tied the game at 95 on a three-point shot with just 14 seconds on the clock, the Nuggets’ Andre Miller responded with a game-winning layup on the other end of the court. The total in this game stayed UNDER the 211.5-point line between two of the highest scoring teams in the NBA this year.
Golden State will now have to find a way to put this loss behind and muster another solid effort from a team that went just 19-22 straight-up and 19-21-1 against the spread on the road during the regular season. The Warriors will also have to forge on without one of their best players after David Lee went down with a hip injury in Saturday’s loss. It will most likely have to be behind Curry lighting-up the scoreboard as opposed to trying to shut Denver down. The Warriors averaged 101.2 points a game this season, which was the seventh-highest total in the league, but allowed an average of 100.3 points on the other end of the court.
The Denver Nuggets had to be considered one of the hottest teams in the league heading into the postseason after going on a 23-3 SU tear that dates all the way back to the end of February. Despite failing to cover on Saturday, the Nuggets have also been profitable to wager on down the stretch with a 15-8 record ATS in their last 23 regular season games. The total had gone OVER in five of their last six games before staying UNDER in the series opener.
The loss of Danilo Gallinari’s 16.2 points a game, after he went down with a torn ACL earlier this month has to hurt, but the Nuggets still have seven other players that averaged at least nine points a game led by Ty Lawson’s 16.7 point regular-season average. Andre Miller did most of the damage in Game 1 with 28 points while shooting a blazing 68.8 percent from the floor.
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The heart-breaking loss in Game 1 combined with the season-ending injury to Lee is bound to take much of the wind out of the Warriors’ sails moving forward. They may be able to muster up a win or two at home to extend this series, but they are heading back there in a 0-2 hole.
Denver 112 Golden State 102
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