Game Preview: Warriors at Nuggets – 11/4/17

END OF THE ROAD

Winners of four-straight road games, Golden State will put that streak to the test when they finish off their current three-game road trip against the Nuggets on Saturday night. 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 6:00 p.m. (Pacific). Watch the action on NBC Sports Bay Area, or listen to the call on 95.7 The Game and the Warriors Radio Network.

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LAST TIME OUT
After falling behind by as many as 19 points in the first quarter, the Warriors eventually found their footing and came all the way back to earn a 112-92 road win over the Spurs on Thursday night. Full Recap

HEAD-TO-HEAD LAST SEASON
The Warriors took two of three games in the season series with the Nuggets last year, but the Nuggets prevailed in their final meeting, defeating Golden State by 22 points in Denver. Overall, the Warriors have won eight of the last 11 meetings between the two teams.

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MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW
4-3
6th in West
118.1 PPG (1st)
45.1 RPG (12th)
30.0 APG (1st)

LAC

4-1
2nd in West
106.2 PPG (10th)
50.4 RPG (3rd)
20.0 APG (26th)

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PROJECTED STARTERS

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

DEN: Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Wilson Chandler, Paul Millsap and Nikola Jokic.

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES

GSW: Damian Jones is on G League assignment. Team Notes

DEN: Juancho Hernagomez (Mononucleosis) is out. Team Notes

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PASSING UP THE COMPETITION
The Warriors are always at their best offensively when the ball is zipping around from player to player, and their early season offensive success has very much to do with their insistence on sharing the ball. The Dubs totaled 37 assists in their win over the Clippers on Monday, the most assists in an NBA game so far this season. It was the fifth time in eight games that Golden State totaled 30-or-more assists, which puts them in a league of their own. The New Orleans Pelicans (two) are the only other NBA team with multiple games with at least 30 assists this season. The Warriors are currently averaging a grand total of 30.9 assists per game, which is 5.6 more assists per game than the second-ranked team in that category, and a full 10.0 more assists per game than the Spurs.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW
PTS: Curry (28.0)
REB: Green (8.3)
AST: Green (7.3)

LAC

PTS: Aldridge (23.6)
REB: Aldridge (8.4)
AST: Murray (3.7)

SAN ANTONIO SCOUTING REPORT
Many of the mainstays are still in San Antonio, but the Spurs haven’t looked like their typical selves so far this season. That is due in large part to the absence of both Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, who have yet to play a single game while they recover from their respective injuries. At 4-3, the Spurs have managed to stay afloat despite the absence of their star players, but they’ve struggled as of late, entering Thursday’s game with the Warriors riding a three-game losing streak. Over the course of those three games, the Spurs have averaged just 91.6 points per contest, and they’re the fourth-lowest scoring team in the league to-date (98.1 ppg). Much of their scoring problems can be attributed to their struggles from long range, as their average of 7.0 three-pointers per game ranks dead last in the NBA. The Warriors, on the other hand, lead the league with an average of 13.4 three-pointers per game, and if Golden State is able to establish a significant advantage from three-point range in Thursday’s game, it could prove too much for the Spurs to overcome.

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