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Game Preview: Warriors at Pelicans - 12/4/17

THAT BACK-TO-BACK LIFE
Playing the back end of a back-to-back, the Dubs' fourth stop of their season-long six-game road trip is set for Monday in New Orleans. This will be the third of four Warriors-Pelicans matchups this season, with the most recent being a little more than a week ago on Nov. 25. Tipoff is set for 5:00 p.m. (Pacific) and fans can watch the game on NBC Sports Bay Area, or listen to the call on 95.7 The Game and the Warriors Radio Network.

LAST TIME OUT
A two-point game at the half, the Dubs broke it open by making their first six shot attempts of the third quarter in Sunday's 123-95 victory in Miami. Full Recap

TEAM LEADERS

GSW NOP
18-6 12-11
2nd in West 8th in West
PTS: 118 (1st) PTS: 108.6 (6th)
REB: 45.2 (7th) REB: 43.6 (14th)
AST: 30.8 (1st) AST: 25.9 (2nd)

HEAD-TO-HEAD
The Warriors have won each of this season’s first two head-to-head matchups with the Pelicans, and nine straight overall vs. New Orleans. Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have each had at least 24 points in this season’s first two wins over the Pelicans.

PROBABLE STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia
NOP: Rajon Rondo, Jrue Holiday, E'Twaun Moore, Dante Cunningham and DeMarcus Cousins

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Stephen Curry (right hand contusion) and Andre Iguodala (sore left knee) are probable. Zaza Pachulia (left shoulder soreness) is questionable. Damian Jones is on G League assignment. Team Notes
NOP: Anthony Davis (left adductor strain), Alexis Ajinca (right knee injury), Solomon Hill (left hamstring tear) and Frank Jackson (right foot fracture) are out. Charles Cooke and Jalen Jones are on G League assignment. Team Notes

TAKING CARE OF THE ROCK
The Warriors are at their best when they take care of the ball. Though the nature of their play will naturally lead to some turnovers, avoiding the careless ones is something the team strives to do. And when they succeed on that end, they’re really tough to beat. Fewer turnovers, in theory, means more shot attempts, and no team is better than shot making than the Dubs, who lead the NBA in shooting percentage (51.4 percent) and scoring (118.2 ppg), among several other categories. The Dubs matched a season-low with 10 turnovers on Sunday in Miami – they also had 10 against New Orleans on Nov. 25 – and if they can continue to make shots at the rate they’ve set so far this season, they figure to be in real good shape.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW NOP
PTS: Curry (26) PTS: Cousins (25.6)
REB: Green (7.3) REB: Cousins (12.3)
AST: Green (7) AST: Rondo (6.9)

NEW ORLEANS SCOUTING REPORT
The big question in New Orleans right now surrounds the health of Anthony Davis. He suffered a left pelvis injury during Friday’s game in Utah and sat out the team’s game on Saturday in Portland. Davis has averaged 25.2 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 57.3 percent from the field, so his absence will leave a major void. That said, DeMarcus Cousins has shown the ability to carry the load, averaging 39.5 points and 15.5 rebounds in the two games that Davis has missed this season. Cousins led the Pelicans to a win in Portland on Saturday – without Davis – and he’ll look to do so again against a team that has beaten him twice already.

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