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Just as every Warriors practice is a pursuit of excellence, every game is an assault on the record book. So it goes Sunday in Denver, where the defending champs face the Nuggets at Pepsi Center.
A win by the Warriors (14-0) would lift their record to 15-0, putting them in a three-way with the 1993-94 Houston Rockets and the 1948-49 Washington Capitals for best start to an NBA season. It also would establish a record for most wins to open the season by a defending champion.
Denver (6-7), which has lost three of its last four, has struggled on defense, which was the chief priority upon the arrival of new coach Michael Malone. The Nuggets rank 22nd in field-goal defense (45.5 percent) and, moreover, they are 29th in 3-point field-goal defense (38.8).
Look for the Warriors to try and exploit those weaknesses, particularly by firing from beyond the arc.
Warriors by 11.5
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Draymond Green vs. Kenneth Faried. Faried uses energy and relentless work on the paint to spark his teammates. Though his offensive repertoire is limited, he works well in a crowd and finds ways to score. One thing he doesn’t care to do is venture out on the perimeter, so expect to be lured out there by Green. If Green hits a couple 3-pointers, it could disrupt the entire Nuggets defense.
Warriors: F Kevon Looney (hip surgery) remains out indefinitely.
Nuggets: Kenneth Faried (L ankle sprain) is listed as questionable. F Joffrey Lauvergne (back strain), F Wilson Chandler (hip surgery) and C Jusuf Nurkic (L knee surgery) are listed as out.
The Warriors took a 119-104 victory on Nov. 6 at Oracle Arena, their fourth win in the last five meetings. They have, however, lost 17 of the last 21 in Denver.
“Our guys know that we have to show up and play if we want to win. Nothing is easy in this league and nothing is given to you. The crowd in Denver, just like everywhere we go, it’s going to be loud and they’re going to be excited that the world champs are in town, that they can be the team to stop our streak. If we don’t show up and give them the respect that you need to give the teams in this this, it can be a tough night for us.” – Warriors interim coach Luke Walton