Game Preview: Warriors vs. Timberwolves – 11/8/17

BEST OF THE WEST
Winners of four straight games, the Dubs continue their four-game homestand on Wednesday night when they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. The matchup of two of the top three teams in the Western Conference – by record – will mark the first of this season’s three head-to-head meetings between the two teams, and the Dubs will be going for their eighth win in their last nine games. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on NBC Sports Bay Area, while the radio broadcast can be heard, as usual, on 95.7 The Game and the Warriors Radio Network.

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LAST TIME OUT
It wasn’t as easy on the eyes as the previous three games on the current winning streak, but the result was just was just the same on Wednesday as the Dubs beat the Heat 97-80 in the opener of a four-game homestand. Full Recap

HEAD-TO-HEAD LAST SEASON
The Warriors went 3-1 against the Timberwolves last season and overall, the Dubs have won 23 of their last 28 regular season games against Minnesota.

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MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW
8-3
T-1st in West
120.7 PPG (1st)
44.4 RPG (14th)
31.5 APG (1st)

MIA

4-5
T-10th in East
103.6 PPG (22nd)
41.9 RPG (T-22nd)
21.3 APG (20th)


PROJECTED STARTERS

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

MIA: Goran Dragic, Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow, Okaro White and Hassan Whiteside

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES

GSW: David West (rest) is out. Damian Jones is on G League assignment. Team Notes

MIA: Dion Waiters (personal reasons) and Rodney McGruder (left tibia surgery) are out. Team Notes

FINDING THEIR FORM
The Warriors may have started the season off a bit uncharacteristically, but recently they’ve been finding their groove having just completed an undefeated road trip. “What a great trip,” said Steve Kerr following Saturday’s win in Denver. “Three tough teams, and obviously we’re rounding into form and we kind of turned a corner on this trip.” Ever since losing two of their first three games, Golden State has responded by wining six of their last seven contests, including four-straight on the road. Over the course of those seven games, the Warriors have posted an offensive rating of 120.4 points per 100 possessions, and a defensive rating of 103.7. That 16.7 net rating leads the NBA and is more than double the net rating of all but two other teams in the league over that span. Golden State’s dynamic offense has been a constant throughout the young season, but they’ve played considerably better defense as of late, and that has plenty to do with their recent strong play.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW
PTS: Curry (26.7)
REB: Green (7.8)
AST: Green (7.2)

MIA

PTS: Dragic (19.3)
REB: Whiteside (14.0)
AST: Dragic (4.9)

MIAMI SCOUTING REPORT
The Heat entered the weekend having lost four of their last five games, but held on to earn a 104-101 road win over the Clippers on Sunday to bring their record to 4-5. Prior to that victory, the Heat lost a 95-94 heartbreaker in Denver, where Golden State most recently prevailed over the Nuggets by 19 points. Goran Dragic leads Miami’s backcourt and has scored in double-figures in a career-best 55 consecutive games, while Hassan Whiteside is averaging a double-double with 18.3 points and 14.0 rebounds per game. The Heat play at one of the slowest paces in the league and are one of the best teams in the NBA at slowing their opponent down, having allowed an average of just 6.3 fast break points against per game, the second fewest in the league. The Warriors lead the NBA with an average of 26.6 fast break points per game, so look for Golden State to try to push the pace and get out and run as much as possible on Monday night.

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