Golden State Warriors vs. Denver Nuggets Game 2: 3 Bold Predictions

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1. The Warriors Will Win the Rebounding Battle 

This might sound crazy due to Lee’s absence, but hear me out on this one.

Lee is an amazing rebounder, yes. He averaged over 11 boards per game during the regular season and led the league with 56 double-doubles.

Apr 20, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) is defended by Denver Nuggets enter Kosta Koufos (right) during the second half of game one of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won97-95. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

But as with any team, when a star player is unavailable, the other guys have to step up. This is especially true with the Warriors.

With Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli, Carl Landry and Harrison Barnes all expected to play big minutes on Tuesday night, I believe that they will put together a collaborative effort to compensate for  Lee’s absence. Look for the guards like Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Jarrett Jack to get into the mix as well.

Kenneth Farried will be back in action for Denver, but he should be prepared for a war against the Warriors. Nobody knows how healthy his ankle is, and  injury might still linger with him throughout the night.

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