Game Preview: Warriors vs. 76ers – 11/11/17

KEEP IT ROLLING
Winners of five-straight, the Warriors will attempt to keep their winning streak going when they take on the visiting Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night. This is the first of two meetings between the two teams this season, with each side hosting one game on their own 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 and the Warriors Radio Network.

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LAST TIME OUT
After a hard fought first half, the Warriors seized control in the third quarter and ran away with a 125-101 home victory over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Full Recap

HEAD-TO-HEAD LAST SEASON
The Warriors swept the season series with the 76ers last year, but only by an average of 6.5 points per contest. Overall, Golden State has won eight in a row over Philadelphia, and nine of the last 10 meetings between the two teams.

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MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW
8-3
2nd in West
118.5 PPG (1st)
45.0 RPG (13th)
30.5 APG (1st)

MIN

7-3
3rd in West
109.4 PPG (6th)
42.8 RPG (T-18th)
22.7 APG (11th)

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PROJECTED STARTERS

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

PHI: Ben Simmons, J.J. Redick, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES

GSW: Team Notes

PHI: Team Notes

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TREY-MOND
Draymond Green got off to a cold start this season in terms of his shooting, but he’s been as good as ever as of late. Green tied a season-high with 16 points in Golden State’s most recent win over the Heat, including a season-best four three-pointers. Those four treys came on only six attempts, the latest sign that the reigning Defensive Player of the Year is finding a groove from long distance. Including Monday’s performance, Green is now up to 37.8 percent shooting from three-point range on the season, and a very proficient 9-of-14 over the last four games. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that each of those four games have resulted in Golden State victories.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW
PTS: Curry (25.7)
REB: Green (7.9)
AST: Green (6.7)

MIN

PTS: Towns (21.8)
REB: Towns (10.9)
AST: Teague (8.4)

MINNESOTA SCOUTING REPORT
Many pundits expected the Timberwolves to make the leap to the Western Conference playoffs this season, and based on the early returns, Minnesota seems headed in the right direction. At 7-3, the Timberwolves currently sit in third place in the highly competitive West, one half-game behind the Warriors in second. They’ve been playing their best basketball of the young season over the last two weeks, and enter Wednesday’s matchup with Golden State riding a five-game winning streak. It’s the first time they’ve won five in a row in a single season since January 2009. Uncharacteristic of a Tom Thibodeau-coached team, the Timberwolves actually have the sixth-best offense in the league to date, but have struggled mightily on the defensive end, where they’ve posted the fourth-worst defensive rating in the NBA (108.2). Minnesota is paced by a couple young phenoms in Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, and the addition of Jimmy Butler in the offseason gives the Timberwolves one of the largest collections of talent in the league. Minnesota has beaten the Warriors once in each of the last two seasons, and given the current records of the two teams involved, Wednesday’s game has the potential to be one of the most competitive games of the season thus far.

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