The Warriors continue their a three-game homestand at Chase Center with a Thursday night tilt against the Denver Nuggets.
NUGGETS MAKE FIRST VISIT TO CHASE CENTER
The Warriors host the visiting Denver Nuggets for their first-ever visit to Chase Center on Thursday. This is is the first time these squads will play each this season after the Dubs won three of their four games vs. Denver during the 2018-19 campaign.
LAST TIME OUT
Despite impactful minutes from their rookie core of Jordan Poole, Eric Paschall and Alen Smailagic, the Dubs were unable to keep up with the Dallas Mavericks in a 124-97 loss on Tuesday night at Chase Center. Full Recap
MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
|15th in West||3rd in West|
|PTS: 104.5 (28th)||PTS: 109.1 (20th)|
|REB: 43.9 (21st)||REB: 44.4 (19th)|
|AST: 24.3 (15th)||AST: 26.2 (4th)|
LAST GAME’S STARTERS
GSW: D’Angelo Russell, Alec Burks, Glenn Robinson III, Draymond Green and Omari Spellman
DEN: Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Will Barton, Jerami Grant and Nikola Jokic
INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Stephen Curry (left hand fracture), Klay Thompson (left ACL rehab) and Kevon Looney (left abdominal soreness) are out. Team Notes
DEN: Jamal Murray (back spasms) and Gary Harris (adductor strain) are questionable. Paul Milsap (knee contusion) and Bol Bol (foot) are out.Team Notes
WELCOME TO THE POOLE PARTY
Warriors rookie guard Jordan Poole finished Tuesday’s game against the Mavericks with 17 points (3-for-7 on three-point shots) after a solid 13-point (four-of-nine on treys) outing against the Memphis Grizzlies, both marking his highest scoring night since the end of November. These past two games were the first time he had back-to-back games with multiple three-pointers made since Nov. 4 and 6 against the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets, while being also including the most threes in a two-game span he has had in his young NBA career. Though Poole hit a rough patch in his rookie season, he has bounced back in a positive way since his three-game assignment with the Santa Cruz Warriors. During that G League stint from Dec. 28 to Jan. 4, Poole averaged 26 points with 3.7 made treys on 42.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
|PTS: Russell (23.3)||PTS: Jokic (19.3)|
|REB: Cauley-Stein (6.3)||REB: Jokic (9.9)|
|AST: Curry (6.5)||AST: Jokic (6.4)|
DENVER SCOUTING REPORT
The Nuggets wrap up a back-to-back against the Dubs Thursday night after playing a home game against the Charlotte Hornets the night before. Though Denver rode a seven-game win streak through the middle of December, the team has gone 6-4 since to place themselves just within the top five of the Western Conference. The Nuggets rank among the bottom third in scoring in the league with 109 points per game while taking and making among the least three point shots on the season. The Nuggets excel on the offensive glass and defensively, they limit their opponents to just 105.4 points. Playmaking center Nikola Jokic has bounced back from a slow start to the season and averages just short of a double-double with 19.3 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, and he leads all centers with 6.4 assists. The Warriors have struggled covering larger players in the interior as of late, so Jokic and the Nuggets will prove to be a challenge.