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Game Preview: Warriors at Mavericks - 2/8/18

BOUNCE BACK
After losing back-to-back regular season games for the first time since last March, the Warriors will try to get back on the winning track when they host the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday. This will be the fourth and final meeting between the two teams this season, after Golden State prevailed in each of their first three encounters. 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
The Warriors lost back-to-back games for the first time this season after falling 125-105 to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night. Full Recap


MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW DAL
41-13 17-37
1st in West 15th in West
PTS: 115.4 (1st) PTS: 101.5 (26th)
REB: 44.2 (12th) REB: 40.6 (27th)
AST: 30.3 (1st) AST: 22.2 (20th)

PROJECTED STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia
DAL: Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes, Dirk Nowitzki and Dwight Powell

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Jordan Bell (left ankle inflammation) is out. Team Notes
DAL: Harrison Barnes (left ankle sprain) and Johnathan Motley (left ankle sprain) are questionable. Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia), Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee quadriceps tendinitis) and Nerlens Noel (left thumb surgery) are out. Team Notes

FAMILIAR REFRAIN
If there’s been one issue the Warriors have been unable to solve throughout Steve Kerr’s tenure as Head Coach, it’s their tendency to get careless with the basketball at times. That’s been on full display as of late, as the Dubs have accumulated a season-high–tying 25 turnovers twice in their last three games, including their defeat at the hands of the Thunder on Tuesday. Oklahoma City turned Golden State’s 25 miscues into 38 points, and given the Dubs lost the game by 20, that clearly had a large impact on the outcome. The Warriors now rank third-worst in the NBA with an average of 16.0 turnovers per game. The team that commits the least? That would be the Dallas Mavericks, Golden State’s opponent on Thursday.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW DAL
PTS: Curry (27.3) PTS: Barnes (18.4)
REB: Green (7.9) REB: Barnes (6.6)
AST: Green (7.3) AST: Barea (5.9)

DALLAS SCOUTING REPORT
It appears as if the Mavericks are going to have to wait at least one more year for a playoff berth. With a record of 17-37, Dallas is currently tied with Atlanta for the worst record in the Association. They’ve lost nine out of their last 11 games, including a 104-101 loss to the Clippers on Monday in which Los Angeles scored the final 13 points of the contest. Dirk Nowitzki is in the midst of his 20th NBA season, and just became the sixth player in league history to eclipse the 50,000 minutes played mark. Meanwhile, former Warrior Harrison Barnes leads Dallas with averages of 18.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. The Mavericks rank fifth-worst in the league with an average of 101.5 points per contest, but Golden State has allowed at least 104 points in each of their last 11 games, so don’t be surprised if Thursday’s game becomes a high-scoring affair.

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