Game Preview: Warriors vs. Raptors – 10/25/17

WELCOME HOME
After going 2-1 on their recent three-game road trip, the Warriors return home for three-straight games at Oracle Arena, beginning with a matchup against the visiting Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. This will be the first of two meetings between the two teams this season, and Wednesday’s game represents Toronto’s lone visit to the Bay Area. The game falls on Replica Ring Night, and all fans in attendance will receive a 2017 NBA Champions Replica Ring. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Watch the action on NBC Sports Bay Area and NBA TV, or listen to the call on 95.7 The Game on the Warriors Radio Network.

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LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors closed out their three-game road trip on a high note, defeating the Mavericks 133-103 on Monday. Golden State never trailed in the contest, and after a seesaw first half, the Dubs ran away with the game in the second. Full Recap

HEAD-TO-HEAD LAST SEASON
Golden State swept the two-game season series with the Raptors last year by an average of 8.0 points per contest. Overall, the Dubs have won six in a row over the Raptors, and 14 of the last 16 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

TOR: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Norman Powell, Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES

GSW: Team Notes

TOR: Team Notes

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DEFENSIVE STRUGGLES
The Warriors have been a top-five defensive team every season since Steve Kerr became Head Coach, but they’ve gotten off to a slow start on that end of the court so far this year. The Dubs have given up at least 120 points against in two of their three games thus far, and their defensive rating of 110.2 points allowed per 100 possessions is third-worst in the NBA. The Mavericks – Golden State’s opponent on Monday – have also struggled defensively, posting a defensive rating of 109.3 through their first three games. Dallas, however, hasn’t fared much better on the offensive end either, where they’re averaging 98.8 points per 100 possessions, which would have ranked dead last in the league last season. The Warriors haven’t played the kind of defense they demand from themselves, but they have a good opportunity to get back on track on Monday.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW
PTS: Curry (29.0)
REB: Durant (8.7)
AST: Green (9.3)

DAL

PTS: Barnes (17.3)
REB: Noel (7.3)
AST: Barea (6.0)

DALLAS SCOUTING REPORT
At 0-3, the Mavericks are one of five NBA teams still searching for their first victory of the 2017-18 seasons. Future Hall-of-Famer Dirk Nowitzki is still the unquestioned leader of the team, but Dennis Smith Jr., the Mavericks first round draft pick, offers promise at the point guard position. Former Warrior Harrison Barnes is in his second season with Dallas, and currently leads the Mavs with an average of 17.3 points per game. With both teams coming off a loss, expect both sides to give it all they have on Monday night.

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