Game Preview: Warriors vs. Pistons – 10/29/17

The Warriors close out a three-game homestand on Sunday when they host the Detroit Pistons on Filipino Heritage Night, presented by Cache Creek. This is the first of two meetings between the two teams this season, and Sunday’s game represents Detroit’s lone visit to Oracle Arena during the 2017-18 campaign. 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
Kevin Durant led all scorers with 31 points, but it was the reserves that proved the difference in Golden State’s 120-117 comeback victory on Friday night. Full Recap

HEAD-TO-HEAD LAST SEASON
Golden State swept the season series with the Pistons last year, including a 20-point victory at Oracle Arena back on January 12. Overall, the Warriors have won 11 of the last 12 meetings between the two teams.

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MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

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

HOU

26-55
14th in West
104.7 PPG (17th)
43.6 RPG (15th)
20.9 APG (26th)

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PROJECTED STARTERS

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

DET: Reggie Jackson, Avery Bradley, Stanley Johnson, Tobias Harris and Andre Drummond

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES

GSW: Team Notes

DET: Team Notes

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EXTRA POSSESSIONS
The Warriors tied their best team field goal percentage (.558) of the young season in their victory over the Raptors on Wednesday, and yet the Dubs required some clutch performances from Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry to pull out the victory in the final minutes. Normally, you’d expect Golden State to have a game well in hand if they are that proficient from the floor, but due to a combination of rebounding and turnover struggles, the Raptors were able to hang right with the Warriors throughout the contest. Golden State committed 17 turnovers and permitted Toronto to collect 17 offensive rebounds, allowing the Raptors to attempt 17 more field goal attempts in the game. The Warriors are the top offensive team in the league, but their advantage is mitigated when the opposition is getting those extra possessions. The Wizards have forced the second-most turnovers per game thus far through the early season, meaning Golden State will likely have to be extra careful with the ball on Friday.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW
PTS: Curry (29.2)
REB: Green (8.2)
AST: Green (8.4)

WAS

PTS: Beal (24.5)
REB: Gortat (11.3)
AST: Wall (9.8)

WASHINGTON SCOUTING REPORT
The revolving door of dominant opposing backcourts continues for the Warriors, as they welcome John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards on Friday. Wall and Beal have combined to average 47.3 points per game thus far, ranking them as the third-highest scoring backcourt tandem in the league behind Golden State’s own Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson (50.4) and the Rockets’ James Harden and Eric Gordon (49.8). The Wizards began the season on a three-game winning streak, but fell 102-99 on the road in overtime to the Lakers in their most recent game on Wednesday. They attempt free throws at the third-highest rate of any team in the league, while restricting their opponents to the fifth-lowest free throw rate in the Association. They’re a veteran-laden group with a lot of continuity and they rarely beat themselves, meaning Golden State will have their hands full on Friday night.

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