Game Preview: Warriors vs. Pelicans – 4/8/17

HOME THE REST OF THE WAY
The Warriors play the first of three-straight home games to finish out the regular season when they host the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night. This will be the fourth and final matchup between the two teams this season after Golden State prevailed in each of their three prior encounters. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 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
Stephen Curry had 42 points and 11 assists, leading the Dubs to a 120-111 win in Phoenix that guaranteed the team would finish the season with the NBA’s best record. Full Recap

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW
65-14
1st in West
116.1 PPG (1st)
44.2 RPG (9th)
30.4 APG (1st)

NOP

33-45
10th in West
104.5 PPG (19th)
44.0 RPG (10th)
22.8 APG (12th)

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PROJECTED STARTERS

GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Patrick McCaw, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia

NOP: Tim Frazier, Jrue Holiday, Solomon Hill, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES

GSW: Kevin Durant (left knee) is questionable. Damian Jones (D-League assignment) is not with team. Team Notes

NOP: Omer Asik (illness) and Quincy Pondexter (left knee) are out. Team Notes

SUSTAINED SUCCESS
With their victory over the Suns on Wednesday, the Warriors improved to 65-14 on the season and clinched the best overall record in the NBA for the third consecutive year. In doing so, they became the first team in NBA history to win at least 65 games in three-straight campaigns. Additionally, they’re the first team to own the league’s best record outright in three-straight seasons since the Boston Celtics did so from 1983-84 to 1985-86, joining the Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers as the only franchises in NBA history to earn the top seed in the postseason in three-straight seasons. The Warriors, who have now won a season-high 13-straight games (tied for the longest win streak in the NBA this season), finished the road schedule with a 31-10 record (.756) to become the first team in NBA history to win at least 31 games away from home in consecutive seasons (Golden State won an NBA-record 34 road games in 2015-16). The Warriors have now won 205 regular-season games over the last three seasons, the most regular-season wins in NBA history over a three-season span.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW
PTS: Curry (25.3)
REB: Durant (8.2)
AST: Green (7.1)

NOP

PTS: Davis (28.0)
REB: Davis (11.9)
AST: Holiday (7.3)

NEW ORLEANS SCOUTING REPORT
The Pelicans made a big move to acquire DeMarcus Cousins at the trade deadline, but it wasn’t enough to push them over the top, as they’ll miss the playoffs for the second-straight year. At 33-45, they currently sit 10th in the Western Conference standings, but have already been mathematically eliminated from a postseason berth. Between Cousins and Anthony Davis, you’d be hard pressed to find a better frontcourt tandem, particularly on the offensive end. Davis ranks fourth in the NBA with an average of 28.0 points per game, while Cousins isn’t far behind in sixth with 27.0. Compared to the Warriors who finish the season with three-straight home games, all four of New Orleans remaining games are on the road, including a game in Denver on Friday night. With Golden State not having played since Wednesday and the Pelicans on the back end of a back-to-back, fatigue could certainly be a factor for New Orleans as they try to finish off their season on a high note.

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