Game Preview: Warriors at Mavericks – 10/23/17

END OF THE TRIP
Currently 1-1 on their current three-game road trip, the Warriors look to add one more victory to their total when they take on the Mavericks in Dallas on Monday. This will be the first of four matchups between the two teams this season, with each side hosting two games on their home floor. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Watch the action on NBC Sports Bay Area, or listen to the call on 95.7 The Game on the Warriors Radio Network.

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LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors looked like a team playing their second game in less than 24 hours and fell 111-101 to the Grizzlies in Memphis on Saturday night. Stephen Curry led all scorers with 37 points, Kevin Durant recorded his first double-double of the season with 29 points and 13 rebounds, but Memphis’ team-oriented attack proved too much to overcome as the Grizzlies bench outscored that of Golden State’s by 23 points. Full Recap

HEAD-TO-HEAD LAST SEASON
The Warriors swept the three-game season series with the Mavericks last year, winning by an average of 18.3 points per contest. Overall, they’ve won six in a row over Dallas, and 15 of the last 18 meetings between the two teams.

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MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW
66-15
1st in West
116.0 PPG (1st)
44.3 RPG (9th)
30.4 APG (1st)

HOU

26-55
14th in West
104.7 PPG (17th)
43.6 RPG (15th)
20.9 APG (26th)

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PROJECTED STARTERS

GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia

DAL: J.J. Barea, Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes, Dirk Nowitzki and Nerlens Noel

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES

GSW: Team Notes

DAL: Team Notes

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DIALING LONG DISTANCE
The Warriors were a hair of a second away from starting their 2017-18 season with a victory, and their proficiency from three-point range was a big reason why. The Dubs made 11 of their 17 first half three-point attempts against the Rockets, and 16 of their 30 attempts from beyond the arc in the game. This is coming on the heels of a season in which Golden State ranked third in the NBA in three-point percentage and three-pointers made per game. The Pelicans, on the other hand, struggled from three-point range in their season-opening loss to the Grizzlies, making just seven of their 25 attempts from long distance. If such a disparity occurs on Friday, it could prove to be the difference in the game.

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TEAM LEADERS

GSW
PTS: Curry (29.0)
REB: Durant (8.7)
AST: Green (9.3)

DAL

PTS: Barnes (17.3)
REB: Noel (7.3)
AST: Barea (6.0)

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MEMPHIS SCOUTING REPORT
The Grizzlies enter Saturday’s matchup with a 1-0 record after taking down New Orleans, the Dubs’ Friday night opponent, on Wednesday behind a stellar bench effort in which Memphis reserves out-scored those of the Pelicans 53-8. Veteran guard Mike Conley led the way with 27 points in that game, while Dillon Brooks, a college teammate of Warriors rookie forward Jordan Bell, led three reserves in double figures with 19 points. As has been the case in recent seasons, Memphis will look for leadership from Conley and center Marc Gasol, but the team figures to have a different identity now that long-time Grizzlies players Zach Randolph and Tony Allen are playing elsewhere. The grit-and-grind Grizzlies of old may have a new look, but they still figure to be a potential playoff team after posting 43 regular season wins last season before falling to the Spurs in the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs.

FUN FACT: Grizzlies radio broadcaster Eric Hasseltine is a native of Walnut Creek, Calif., and graduated from UC Davis.

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