Game Preview: Warriors vs. Lakers – 4/12/17

A CELEBRATION OF YOU, DUB NATION
As has become tradition, the regular season finale at Oracle Arena is a celebration of the best fans in the NBA. Warriors Fan Night, presented by Adobe, will include a T-Shirt giveaway for all fans in attendance, and the first 10,000 fans will also receive a Warriors ‘Starting 5’ Cheer Card. Both the shirt and the cheer card were designed by an Adobe handpicked artist named Rob Zilla, who will also be in attendance. On the court, the Warriors will be playing the Lakers for the fourth and final time this season. The Dubs have taken two of this season’s first three head-to-head meetings, and overall have won 10 of their last 13 against their division rivals to the south. Tickets are still available for the regular season finale, which will tip off at 7:30 p.m. Those unable to make the game can watch it on NBC Sports Bay Area Plus and NBA League Pass if outside of Northern California, or listen to the call on 95.7 The Game on the Warriors Radio Network.

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LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors’ 14-game winning streak was brought to an end after Golden State fell 105-99 to the visiting Utah Jazz on Monday night. Stephen Curry led all scorers with 28 points and Kevin Durant filled the stat sheet with 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, but the Jazz pulled away in the final minutes to secure the victory. Full Recap

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

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

LAL

25-55
14th in West
104.7 PPG (17th)
43.5 RPG (17th)
20.9 APG (26th)

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LAST GAME STARTERS

GSW: Stephen Curry, Patrick McCaw, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia

LAL: D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Brandon Ingram, Larry Nance Jr. and Julius Randle

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES

GSW: Stephen Curry (left knee contusion) is available to play. Kevon Looney (left hip strain) is doubtful. Matt Barnes (right ankle/foot sprain) and Klay Thompson (rest) are out. Damian Jones (D-League assignment) is not with team. Team Notes

LAL: Brandon Ingram (right patellar tendinitis) is probable. D’Angelo Russell (personal reasons) and Ivica Zubac (high right ankle sprain) are out. Team Notes

FINAL DRESS REHEARSAL
The playoffs return to Oracle Arena this weekend, but not before one last regular season game at Oracle Arena. For the Dubs, the game has zero statistical significance. At 66-15, they’ve secured the best record in the West, as well as the NBA, and they know they’ll be playing Portland in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Head Coach Steve Kerr announced that Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala will sit out the regular season finale, but three Warriors All-Stars are expected to suit up. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant are all likely to play, which would mark the first time that trio is on the court together since late February. With Durant having just two games under his belt since his return from a left knee injury, the game figures to be most important for him as the Dubs get ready for the postseason.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW
PTS: Curry (25.4)
REB: Durant (8.3)
AST: Green (7.0)

LAL

PTS: Russell (15.6)
REB: Randle (8.7)
AST: Russell (4.8)

L.A. LAKERS SCOUTING REPORT
Heading into Tuesday’s game against New Orleans, the Lakers were riding a season-high four-game winning streak. These wins are significant, and not just because of the value a young team can get from learning how to win tight games. This summer, the Lakers will keep their first round draft pick if it is in the top three. Entering Tuesday, they had the third worst record in the league (25-55), a game and a half ahead of the Suns. So when the draft lottery takes place next month, the Lakers would have as much to lose as anybody, as they would lose their first round draft pick if another team were to move up in the draft order. But if you ask Luke Walton and company, they’re not worried about the draft. Instead they are focused on improving a team that is deep with young talent, but short on continuity. The Lakers have had 18 different players start a game this season, and they have been blown out in two of their three games against the Warriors this season. The Lakers struggle defensively, ranking 29th in defensive efficiency, and that’s certainly something the Warriors will look to exploit.

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