The Denver Nuggets led the NBA in scoring, the Golden State Warriors were seventh and both franchises have traditionally been known for offense, which should make the series between the two teams, which starts at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Denver on TNT, highly entertaining.
The point guard matchup features two standouts from the 2009 draft class, Stephen Curry of the Warriors and Ty Lawson of the Nuggets. Curry is coming off a breakout season in which he averaged 22.9 points and 6.9 assists per game while breaking the NBA single-season record for three-pointers made. Lawson leads a deep, balanced and fast Denver offense, averaging 16.7 points and 6.9 assists per game. Both are exceptional shooters with Curry making 45 percent of his attempts and Lawson hitting 46 percent of his.
The Nuggets have homecourt advantage in the series, but come in with injury concerns. They'll be without forward Danilo Gallinari for the rest of the playoffs and forward Kenneth Faried is questionable in the series while he recovers from an ankle injury.
Denver won three of four regular season meetings between the teams, but they have not played each other since January and three of those four games between the teams occurred in the first month of the season.
Game time: 5:30 p.m. ET
Location: Pepsi Center, Denver, Co.
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