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Game Preview: Warriors vs. Nuggets - 1/8/18

WELCOME BACK
Coming off an undefeated three-game road trip, the Warriors return home to Oracle Arena to take on the Denver Nuggets on Monday night. This will be the third of four matchups between the two teams this season, after the two sides split their first two encounters. Monday’s game falls on Klay Thompson Bobblehead Night, and the first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a Klay Thompson bobblehead, courtesy of Lucky. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. 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. FIND TICKETS

LAST TIME OUT
Stephen Curry scored a season-high 45 points as the Warriors completed an undefeated road trip with a 121-105 victory over the Clippers on Saturday. Full Recap

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW DEN
32-8 21-18
1st in West 6th in West
PTS: 115.8 (1st) PTS: 107.4 (8th)
REB: 45.2 (6th) REB: 45.4 (5th)
AST: 30.7 (1st) AST: 23.5 (5th)

LAST GAME'S STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia
DEN: Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Wilson Chandler, Nikola Jokic and Mason Plumlee

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Kevin Durant (right calf strain) has missed the last two games; Damian Jones is on G League assignment. Team Notes
DEN: Paul Millsap (left wrist ligament injury) is out. Team Notes

NOT WHAT YOU'D EXPECT
With their victory in Los Angeles on Saturday, the Warriors now have a 10-game road winning streak, which is tied for the second-longest road wining streak in franchise history. Golden State hasn’t lost a road game since November 22, and their 17-3 road record on the year is easily the best in the Association. What’s a bit surprising, then, is the fact that the Warriors have lost 25.0 percent of their home games so far this season. A 15-5 home record is certainly nothing to scoff at, but those five defeats equal the entirety of Golden State’s home losses last season, after they suffered just two home losses in each of the two previous seasons. The Warriors lost two games by double digits on their most recent homestand, including a 96-81 defeat at the hands of the Nuggets, whom Golden State will have a shot at redemption against on Monday night.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW DEN
PTS: Curry (27.8) PTS: Harris (16.5)
REB: Green (7.8) REB: Jokic (10.1)
AST: Green (7.6) AST: Jokic (4.8)

DENVER SCOUTING REPORT
Five teams are separated by 4.5 games for the final five playoff spots in the West, and the Nuggets are right at the center of the chaos. After losing in Sacramento on Saturday, Denver currently sits at 21-18 on the season, good enough for the sixth seed in the conference. They have the fewest road victories (7) of any team in the league currently in playoff position, but their most recent one came in Oakland back on December 23, where the Nuggets will make their final appearance of the season on Monday. Denver ranks in the top 10 in the league in points, rebounds and assists per game, but they’ve been a mediocre defensive team at best, allowing 106.3 points per 100 possessions. The Warriors average 113.0 points for per 100 possessions (best in the NBA), but were limited to a season-worst 81 points in their loss to the Nuggets just over two weeks ago. Stephen Curry didn’t play in that game, however, and Golden State hopes for a better result on Monday with their red-hot two-time MVP in tow.

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