Game Preview: Warriors vs. Heat – 11/6/17

HOME, SWEET HOME
Fresh off an undefeated three-game road trip, the Warriors return to the Bay Area for a four-game homestand, beginning with a matchup against the Miami Heat on Monday night. This will be the first of two matchups between the two teams this season, with each side hosting one game on their own home floor. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., and all fans in attendance will receive their very own 2017 NBA Champions Replica Mini Trophy, presented by Rakuten. The 2015 and 2017 NBA Championship trophies will also be available on the concourse during the game to take pictures with. 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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*Only available outside of the Bay Area

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LAST TIME OUT
In a game that saw both teams dominate for prolonged stretches, the Warriors finished off their road trip with a 127-108 win over the Nuggets on Saturday night. Full Recap

HEAD-TO-HEAD LAST SEASON
The Warriors and Heat split the season series last year, with each side prevailing on their own home court. Overall, Golden State has won eight of the last 11 meetings between the two teams.

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MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW
6-3
3rd in West
120.0 PPG (1st)
44.8 RPG (T-13th)
30.8 APG (1st)

DEN

5-4
T-6th in West
105.8 PPG (16th)
44.8 RPG (T-13th)
23.4 APG (8th)

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PROJECTED STARTERS

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

MIA: Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters, Josh Richardson, Okaro White and Hassan Whiteside

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES

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

MIA: Rodney McGruder (left tibia surgery) is out. Team Notes

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RUNNING THE BREAK
The Warriors are currently averaging 120.0 points per game, more than five full points more than any other team in the league. One of the main reasons they’ve been able to have such a high-powered offense has been their ability to score on the fast break. The Dubs currently lead the NBA with an average of 27.8 fast break points per game so far this season. For comparison, the Oklahoma City Thunder rank second in the league in that category with an average of 16.0 fast break points per game. The Nuggets are currently only allowing their opponents to score 9.4 fast break points per game, so if Golden State can get out and run to their liking, it bodes well for the Warriors’ chances on Saturday.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW
PTS: Curry (27.2)
REB: Green (7.9)
AST: Green (7.1)

DEN

PTS: Jokic (16.1)
REB: Jokic (11.9)
AST: Jokic (5.0)

DENVER SCOUTING REPORT
The Nuggets were expected to compete for a playoff berth this season, and they’re currently in the thick of the Western Conference with a record of 5-4. They’re in the midst of a season-long six-game homestand, but defeated the Miami Heat on Friday, meaning they’ll be facing the Warriors on the second night of a back-to-back. They’ve been one of the better offensive teams in the league, averaging 105.7 points per 100 possessions, but their defensive struggles have significantly mitigated that advantage. Nikola Jokic continues to blossom into one of the better offensive centers in the league, and has partnered with free agent signee Paul Millsap to form one of the more talented frontcourts in the NBA. If the Warriors are going to earn their fourth-straight road win, they’ll likely need to make life tough on those two.

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