On Wednesday, the NBA schedule 2014 live streaming and TV games will include a Western Conference showdown as the nightcap on an ESPN doubleheader. In the matchup, it will be the seemingly playoff-bound Golden State Warriors looking to stay hot, as they host the Denver Nuggets, a team still vying for a potential postseason spot. The latest televised and live streaming NBA action on the slate arrives for fans courtesy of various ESPN sources.
A Jan. 15 report from Bleacher Report notes that the Warriors enter tonight's game after earlier nears they were part of a three-team trade. The trade involved the Celtics sending Jordan Crawford and Marshon Brooks to the Warriors, while Golden State sent Toney Douglas to the Heat. Miami sent Joel Anthony and future draft considerations to Boston as the final part of the deal.
That trade will probably not add to the lineup for tonight's game, but definitely gives the Warriors more depth in terms of the guard positions for the future. Right now their starting guards are their strength with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Jordan Crawford averaged 13.7 points and 5.7 assists for the Celtics, who are expecting Rajon Rondo back soon.
The Warriors come into this game with a 12-4 record at home and 25-14 overall, good for sixth best in the highly-competitive Western Conference. The Denver Nuggets right now are on the outside looking in at the playoffs, currently 19-18, which is a few games behind the eighth-best team in the West, the surprising Phoenix Suns. Denver is on a one-game losing streak, while Golden State won their last. In fact, the Warriors have eleven of their last twelve games, and were on a 10-game win streak not long ago, until the Brooklyn Nets snapped it. Oracle Arena should provide a rowdy environment for another potential win for one of the best offensive teams in the league.
The Denver Nuggets are currently fourth-best in the league in rebounding, and also eleventh-best in points per game, while they are thirteenth in assists. Defense is something they need to improve on, as the team gives up 101.6 points per game. Tonight's opponents are averaging 103.3 points per game, third-best in the NBA. Not only that but Golden State is the No. 3 rebounding team, No. 8 assist team and tenth-best in defense, allowing just 98.4 points per game to opponents.
This matchup features the eighth-best scorer in the league with Golden State's Stephen Curry, who is averaging 23 points a game and should be an All-Star representative this year. Of note, tonight's game will also feature two of the top three assist leaders in the league. Stephen Curry and Ty Lawson currently rank right below the injured Chris Paul of the Clippers with 9.3 and 8.6 assists per game respectively. John Wall is also averaging 8.6 per game for the Wizards.
Odds makers have the Warriors as 8-point favorites for tonight's contest. The over/under points total opened at 209 1/2 points for the game and has since risen as high as 213 points at some sports books. Danilo Gallinari is the only major injury as he is out for the Nuggets tonight.
Wednesday night's Nuggets vs. Warriors game has a start time scheduled for 10:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The game will be televised in standard and hi-definition formats on ESPN for cable or satellite TV viewers. Also, viewers with access to WatchESPN can watch tonight's game live streaming online by logging into the broadband sports network with their cable or satellite credentials.