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Game Preview: Warriors at Nuggets - 2/13/17

ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD
Golden State looks to close out an undefeated three-game road trip when they travel to Denver to take on the Nuggets on Monday night. This will be the third and final matchup between the two teams this season after Golden State prevailed in each of their first two encounters. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Watch the action on CSN Bay Area and NBA League Pass*, or listen to the call on 95.7 The Game on the Warriors Radio Network.

*Only available outside of the Bay Area

LAST TIME OUT
Kevin Durant notched 34 points, while the Splash Brothers added 26 apiece in the Warriors' 130-114 victory over the Thunder on Saturday. Full Recap

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW
46-8
1st in West
118.6 PPG (1st)
44.9 RPG (6th)
31.1 APG (1st)

DEN
24-30
8th in West
110.5 PPG (4th)
46.6 RPG (2nd)
24.5 APG (5th)

PROJECTED STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and JaVale McGee
DEN: Jameer Nelson, Gary Harris, Wilson Chandler, Darrell Arthur and Nikola Jokic

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Shaun Livingston (personal), Klay Thompson (sore right arch), Zaza Pachulia (right rotator cuff strain) and David West (non-displaced fracture, left thumb) are out. Team Notes
DEN: Gary Harris (right hamstring soreness) is probable. Darrell Arthur (left knee soreness), Wilson Chandler (illness), Emmanuel Mudiay (lower back pain) are questionable. Kenneth Faried (right ankle sprain) and Danilo Gallinari (left groin strain) are out. Team Notes

DON'T FALL FOR THE TRAP
End of a road trip. First game following an emotional win. Facing an opponent fighting for their playoff lives. Yes, the conditions for Monday’s game are setting up rather well for what is commonly known as a ‘trap game’ for Golden State. Denver is not an easy place to win to begin with, and when you add in the aforementioned factors, it becomes increasingly clear that Monday’s game could be far more evenly matched than the two teams’ records indicate. Luckily for the Dubs, they’ll have a day of rest in between games, and they’ll need to get the most of it in order to bring the same level of energy and competitiveness that drove them to victory in Oklahoma City on Saturday.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW
PTS: Durant (25.9)
REB: Green (8.5)
AST: Green (7.4)

DEN
PTS: Gallinari (17.2)
REB: Jokic (8.6)
AST: Nelson (4.8)

DENVER SCOUTING REPORT
If the postseason started today, Monday’s game would represent a first round playoff preview. At 24-30, Denver currently occupies the eighth seed in the West, sitting a full game ahead of Portland for the final playoff spot in the conference. The Nuggets are one of the youngest teams in the league, and it’s shown in their inconsistency. Denver has alternated wins and losses over their last seven games, and are coming off a 125-109 defeat in Cleveland. They have won seven of their last eight games at the Pepsi Center, however, and will attempt to utilize that homecourt advantage to take down the Warriors, who have won eight of the last 10 meetings between the two teams.

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