DENVER - For roundball fanatics, this is the most wonderful time of the year. After 82 regular season games, the Denver Nuggets sit at a franchise best 57-25 record.
As the No.3 seed in the playoffs, the Nuggets will face the sixth-seeded Golden State Warriors in the first round.
Here are 5 things to look for in what should be a high-scoring seven-game series.
1. Home Cooking
The Nuggets finished the regular season with the best home record in the NBA at 38-3. Denver won 23 games in a row and hasn’t lost at home since Jan. 18. The last time a George Karl-led team had a 38-3 home record was with the Seattle Supersonics in 1996. They advanced to the NBA Finals but lost to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
2. Both Teams Can Score ... A LOT
The Nuggets come into the series as the highest scoring offense in the league averaging 106.1 points per game. The Golden State Warriors on the other hand finished seventh in the NBA averaging 101.2 points per game.
3. Denver Struggles From Free Throw Line
The charity stripe has been unkind to the Nuggets. Denver shot 70 percent from the free throw line, which is 28th in the league out of 30 teams. The Nuggets best free throw shooter is Andre Miller at 84 percent.
4. Golden State Loves The 3-Ball
The Warriors come into the Pepsi Center sporting the best three-point average in the NBA at 40.3 percent. Golden State has three players that shoot 40 percent or better from deep in -- Klay Thompson, Jarrett Jack and Stephen Curry. Speaking of Curry, he made 272 three’s during the regular season, surpassing Ray Allen’s single-season mark of 268.
5. Matchup to watch: Stephen Curry vs. Ty Lawson
The guard matchup between the Nuggets’ Ty Lawson and Golden State’s Stephen Curry will be one to watch. Lawson is the leader of the Nuggets offense leading the team in points (16.7) and assists (6.9). On the opposite end, Curry is seventh in the league in scoring at 22.9 points per game. In the two games against the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center, Curry went 9 for 11 from beyond the arc.