Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets are two very effective teams. But, as for the first quarter total points, both teams usually played under set margin of 56 points. The Warriors surpassed this margin only twice in six games at home this season - in the first (34:31 against Houston) and in the last game (31:31 with New York). Other four matches finished with 55, 53, 33 and 55 points. So, except of match against Utah (17:16) other were almost on or above that margin. Warriors have young players who like run and gun. In the other hand, they do not take care of defense. Tonight, they will without help of Wright, Ellis and Lee. The first two of them are good scorer, especially Ellis with 25.9 PPG in this season.
The Nuggets played all six matches away from home under 56 points in the first quarter - 52, 51, 51, 52, 42 and 44, scoring an average of 25.3 points per game. And, it is interesting that the first quarter has been their better part of the match. Later, they have given to opponents attacks.
Tonight, Nuggets could be without Chauncey Billups and his 13.8 PPG and also without Chris Andersen (5.9 PPG).
They have not played this season, but last year, in four matches 1st quarters finished with under 56 points. So, I think that the match occasions point to similar outcome tonight. Also, as the second option Denver could be winner of the first quarter, but for small stake. I prefer under total points, because the margin is too high.
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