Game 1 of the Warriors-Nuggets playoff series tips off Saturday afternoon. It figures to be the epitome of Western Conference basketball. Both teams have skill and depth, which will make for an interesting chess match between Denver coach George Karl and Golden State’s Mark Jackson.
Neither team has the A-list star to carry them to the next round. That puts added emphasis on the plethora of interesting match-ups featured in this series. Throw in some injury issues, experience gaps and crazy home courts, and you’ve got the makings of something riveting.
Here’s a look at the key match-ups in the series and who has the advantage.
Both the Warriors and Nuggets feature noted depth. It may come down to who has the best pinch-hitters because some key players are affected by injuries.
The Warriors, already without Brandon Rush, were hoping to be full strength by the postseason. But they have a few lingering issues that could test their bench.
The Nuggets have caught the injury bug of late at key positions at key positions.
Here’s a look at the hobbled and their status for Game 1.
Game 1 - Sat., April 20: Golden State at Denver, 2:30 PM (PST), ESPN
Game 2 - Tue., April 23: Golden State at Denver, 7:30 PM (PST), TNT
Game 3 - Fri., April 26: Denver at Golden State, 7:30 PM (PST), ESPN2
Game 4 - Sun., April 28: Denver at Golden State, 6:30 PM (PST), TNT
Game 5 * Tue., April 30: Golden State at Denver, TBD
Game 6 * Thu., May 2: Denver at Golden State, TBD
Game 7 * Sat., May 4: Golden State at Denver, TBD