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Game Preview: Warriors at Bucks - 1/12/18
The Warriors begin a five-game road trip in Milwaukee on Friday.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
The Dubs have won each of their last 10 games on the road, and they’ll have their work cut out for them if they want to keep that streak alive during a five-game road trip that tips off in Milwaukee on Friday. This will be the first of this season’s two matchups between the Warriors and Bucks, and Dubs swept the season series with Milwaukee last season. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. on Friday and fans will be able to catch the game on NBC Sports Bay Area and ESPN. Additionally, Tim Roye will have the radio call on 95.7 The Game, the Warriors Mobile App and the Warriors Radio Network.
LAST TIME OUT
A night of celebration suddenly turned sour in Wednesday’s 125-106 loss to the Clippers at Oracle Arena. Full Recap
MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
|1st in West||6th in East|
|PTS: 115.7 (1st)||PTS: 106 (13th)|
|REB: 44.8 (8th)||REB: 38.6 (30th)|
|AST: 30.7 (1st)||AST: 22.8 (12th)|
LAST GAME'S STARTERS
GSW: Shaun Livingston, Nick Young, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia
MIL: Eric Bledsoe, Malcolm Brogdon, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo and John Henson
INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) and Shaun Livingston (left knee contusion) are probable. Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle) is questionable. Damian Jones is on G League assignment. Team Notes
MIL: Xavier Munford is on G League Assignment. Jabari Parker (left knee surgery) and Mirza Teletovic (pulmonary emboli) are out. Team Notes
Out of all the Western Conference teams, only Houston has more home victories than Golden State’s 16, but the six defeats the Dubs have suffered at Oracle Arena this season are already more than they’ve had in any complete season during the Steve Kerr era. It’s worth noting, however, that Stephen Curry and/or Kevin Durant have been out in each of the Warriors’ last four losses (all at home), meaning the Dubs haven’t lost a game in which both Curry and Durant played since November 22. Durant returned from a three-game absence and scored 32 points on 11-of-13 shooting from the field against the Clippers on Wednesday. Curry missed that game with an ankle injury, and the Dubs would love to get him back in the lineup soon as they’re about to begin a very tough road trip that includes stops in Milwaukee, Toronto, Cleveland, Chicago and Houston. Three of the five opponents on the trip are in the top three in the conference and four of the five have home winning percentages of .667 or better.
|PTS: Curry (27.9)||PTS: Antetokounmpo (28.7)|
|REB: Green (7.8)||REB: Antetokounmpo (10)|
|AST: Green (7.6)||AST: Antetokounmpo (4.6)|
MILWAUKEE SCOUTING REPORT
The Bucks enter Friday’s game against Golden State sitting at 22-18 on the season, in position to make the playoffs for the second-straight year. So much of what Milwaukee does revolves around Giannis Antetoukounmpo, who has rapidly developed into one of the most dynamic players in the NBA and ranks second in the league with an average of 28.7 points per game. The Bucks rank in the bottom-six in three-point makes, attempts and percentage, and are the worst rebounding team in the league with an average of 38.6 rebounds per contest. Consistency has been an issue, as they’ve alternated wins and losses in their last seven games. That could mean good things for the Warriors, as the Bucks are coming off a home win over the Magic on Wednesday.