The Warriors have a backcourt edge over most teams in the NBA. Stephen Curry is a fringe MVP candidate, Klay Thompson is one of the league's best young shooting guards, Jarrett Jack is the league's best backup point guard and Harrison Barnes is an athletic freak.
Unfortunately, the Nuggets have the ability to marginalize this unit.
Before we get into that though, there are ways in which Golden State's backcourt could lead them to a series win.
First of all, Stephen Curry is the only superstar in this series and the only guy who can realistically carry his team to victory multiple times. His ability to heat up is very rare, and his ability to stay hot for four quarters is even rarer.
The only way the Nuggets lose to the Warriors is if Golden State somehow steal a game in Denver, and the best way to beat an unbeatable home team is with a transcendent scorer like Curry.
Klay Thompson and Jarrett Jack are both incredibly dangerous complementary scorers. Jack has scored at least 15 points off the bench 31 times this season, while Thompson has gone for 20 points 30 times. Both players are so skilled at creating their own shot, both in transition and in the halfcourt, that a hot shooting night from either one will give the Nuggets fits no matter what the pace.
Not to mention that Curry and Thompson are the two best pure shooters in the NBA. If the Nuggets push the tempo (which they will), Curry and Thompson will get looks in transition. If they're on, all bets are off.
Now, to that unfortunate thing I talked about earlier.
Curry and Thompson are the NBA's best shooting backcourt, but Ty Lawson and Andre Iguodala are the league's most athletic guard combination. Curry and Thompson may be unstoppable when their shots are falling, but Lawson and Iguodala can dominate night in and night out.
Both can get to the rim, finish, break down the defense, get the Warriors in foul trouble, open up rebounding lanes and tire everyone out. Iguodala is also an elite perimeter defender and will make it tough for Thompson all series.
Beyond that, Andre Miller is better than Jarrett Jack in several facets of the game, including defense and consistency. The length of Denver's small forwards Corey Brewer and Wilson Chandler (plays both SF and PF) will be tough for the rookie Barnes to contain.