2013 NBA Playoffs: Complete Western Conference first round preview

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No. 3 Denver Nuggets vs. No. 6 Golden State Warriors

Season Series: Denver 3-1

January 13, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) looks to pass the ball in the air while being defended by Denver Nuggets forward Corey Brewer (13) during the second half at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 116-105. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

How they matchup:

Denver- 57-25

Points per game: 106.1 (first)

Rebounds per game: 45.0 (second)

Assists per game: 24.4 (third)

Points allowed per game: 101.1 (23rd)

Field goal percentage:  47.8% (fifth)

Three-point percentage:  34.3% (25th)

Free-throw percentage:  70.1% (28th)

Golden State- 47-35

Points per game: 101.2 (seventh)

Rebounds per game: 45.0 (third)

Assists per game:  22.5 (15th)

Points allowed per game: 100.3 (19th)

Field goal percentage: 45.8% (11th)

Three-point percentage:  40.3% (first)

Free-throw percentage:  79.0% (fourth)

What to expect: This could be as entertaining a series as we have in the first round.

I would expect to see a lot of fast-paced action and the young stars on both teams to thrive with the high-octane tempo.

The one disadvantage the Nuggets have is that they aren’t a great shooting team. Golden State can win this series from behind the arc and I’m sure we will see a lot of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

The difference makers will be the Nuggets bigs though, as I expect Kenneth Faried and JaVale McGee to impact this series in a big way.

Curry will be big for the Warriors, but for the Nuggets to win, Ty Lawson has to have a big series.

Home court will be huge as the Nuggets simply don’t lose at the Pepsi Center.

Prediction: Denver in six

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