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Game Preview: Warriors vs. Timberwolves - 1/25/18

FRESH THREADS
The Warriors will sport a new look this Thursday when they host the Timberwolves. The matchup of two of the top four teams in the Western Conference will coincide with the on-court debut of the Warriors’ Chinese Heritage uniforms with ‘The Bay’ dawned across the front of the jerseys above an image of a dragon. The game will be the second of this season’s three regular season matchups with the Timberwolves, as the Dubs beat Minnesota 125-101 in early November at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. and tickets for the Western Conference showdown are still available. Those unable to attend the game can watch the action on NBC Sports Bay Area and TNT, and the game will also be broadcast on 95.7 The Game, the Warriors Mobile App and the Warriors Radio Network. FIND TICKETS

LAST TIME OUT
The Dubs got it going in the third quarter and rode that momentum to a 123-112 win over the Knicks on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena. Full Recap

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW MIN
38-10 31-19
1st in West 4th in West
PTS: 115.9 (1st) PTS: 109 (6th)
REB: 44.1 (13th) REB: 41.7 (23rd)
AST: 30.7 (1st) AST: 22.6 (13th)

LAST GAME'S STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia
MIN: Jeff Teague, Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins, Taj Gibson and Karl Anthony-Towns

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Jordan Bell (left ankle inflammation) is out. Team Notes
MIN: Team Notes

POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
In Golden State’s game in Houston last Saturday, they committed 19 turnovers, including six in the decisive fourth quarter. On Tuesday against the Knicks, the Dubs took much better care of the ball, committing only 12 turnovers in the contest, and no more than four miscues in any single quarter. Perhaps it’s no coincidence, then, that Golden State lost that game in Houston, but prevailed over the Knicks. Quite simply, when the Dubs don’t hurt themselves, they’re considerably tougher to beat. Only six other teams average more turnovers per game than the Warriors’ 15.6, and only three other teams in the league have allowed more points off turnovers this season than Golden State’s 887. The Timberwolves, the Warriors’ opponent on Thursday, have scored 919 points off turnovers so far this season, far and away the most in the NBA. If Golden State is careless with the ball on Thursday, the Timberwolves know how to make them pay.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW MIN
PTS: Curry (27.6) PTS: Butler (21.7)
REB: Green (7.8) REB: Towns (12.1)
AST: Green (7.5) AST: Teague (7)

MINNESOTA SCOUTING REPORT
With a win in Los Angeles on Monday, the Timberwolves became the first team this season to equal their win total from the year before. Minnesota currently sits at 31-19, just a game out of third place in the Western Conference. They’ve been one of the best teams in the league since January 1, as their net rating of plus-8.0 points per 100 possessions trails only Philadelphia for the top mark in the sport, while only Golden State has been more efficient on offense since the turn of the calendar. The Wolves are led by a pair of All-Stars in Jimmy Butler and Karl Anthony-Towns, who were named Reserves on Tuesday, while swingman Andrew Wiggins is coming off a 40-point performance against the Clippers. Minnesota is one of five NBA teams to defeat the Warriors at least once in each of the last two seasons, and will attempt to join Boston and Denver as the only teams to make it three in a row when they make their second and final appearance at Oracle Arena this season on Thursday. Both teams figure to be in playoff contention for the foreseeable future, and an eventual postseason matchup this year is not out of the question.

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