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Game Preview: Warriors at Lakers - 12/18/17

LAST ROAD GAME OF THE YEAR
The Warriors head to Los Angeles Monday night to face the Lakers for their final road game of 2017. This marks the second of four meetings between these two teams this season, and the first of two encounters within a span of five days. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (Pacific), and fans can watch the action on NBC Sports Bay Area or listen to the call on 95.7 The Game, the Warriors Mobile App and the Warriors Radio Network.

LAST TIME OUT
The Dubs picked up their eighth straight win, beating the Mavs 112-97 behind big nights from Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Omri Casspi. Full Recap

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW LAL
23-6 10-17
2nd in West 11th in West
PTS: 116.8 (1st) PTS: 106.3 (12th)
REB: 44.7 (9th) REB: 46.6 (3rd)
AST: 30.8 (1st) AST: 23.1 (8th)

LAST GAME'S STARTERS
GSW: Shaun Livingston, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Omri Casspi and Jordan Bell
LAL: Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, Larry Nance Jr. and Brook Lopez

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Nick Young (concussion) is cleared to play. Draymond Green (right shoulder soreness), Zaza Pachulia (left shoulder soreness), Shaun Livingston (sore right knee) and Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle) are out. Damian Jones is on G League assignment. Team Notes
LAL: None. Team Notes

IN THOMPSON WE TRUST
The Warriors have dealt with their fair share of injuries this season, but Klay Thompson has been the one constant in the lineup throughout all the wear and tear, and he’s put together an extremely strong start to the 2017-18 campaign. Not only is Thompson the only Warriors player to appear in every game so far this season, but he’s shooting the ball like never before as well. Thompson is currently averaging 20.9 points per game on 50.6 percent shooting from the field, 47.4 percent from three-point range and 88.2 percent from the free throw line, all of which are on pace to be career-bests. He is one of five NBA players to make at least 50 three-pointers while shooting at least 45.0 percent or better from beyond the arc, and is coming off a performance in which he made all five of his three-point attempts in the victory over the Mavericks. He has scored at least 19 points and made multiple treys in each of the last 11 games, which just happens to coincide with what has likely been Golden State’s strongest stretch of the young season.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW LAL
PTS: Curry (26.3) PTS: Kuzma (16.3)
REB: Green (7.2) REB: Nance Jr. (7.2)
AST: Green (7.3) AST: Ball (7.2)

LOS ANGELES SCOUTING REPORT
Kobe Bryant will have his jersey retired at Monday’s game, and the Lakers sure could use the now-retired NBA star this season. At 10-17, the Lakers currently sit in 11th place in the Western Conference, three games behind Oklahoma City for the final playoff spot. It’s been a struggle as of late, as Los Angeles has lost seven of their last nine games, including defeats at the hands of the Knicks and Cavaliers in their last two contests. Lonzo Ball has had a strong all-around impact in his rookie season, currently averaging 9.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game, while Brandon Ingram has taken a big step forward in his second year in the Association. The Lakers rank in the top 10 in the NBA in defensive rating, but score the third-fewest number of points per 100 possessions, an area where they’ll likely need to improve on Monday in order to keep up with the high-powered Warriors.

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