Game Preview: Warriors at Hawks - 3/2/18
The Warriors finish their road trip in Atlanta as they take on the Hawks.
WHERE THE PLAYERS PLAY
The Dubs will conclude their three-game road trip on Friday in Atlanta. The Hawks are one of two teams the Dubs have yet to play this season, Indiana is the other, and the Warriors will be looking to build on their NBA-best 24-7 road record. Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m. and fans will be able to 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
Kevin Durant scored 16 of his 32 points in the first quarter and the Dubs picked up their fourth straight win in Wednesday's 109-101 win over the Wizards. Full Recap
MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
|2nd in West||14th in East|
|PTS: 116.1 (1st)||PTS: 103.5 (22nd)|
|REB: 44.1 (13th)||REB: 41 (26th)|
|AST: 30.5 (1st)||AST: 23.6 (8th)|
The Warriors have won 10 of their last 11 games against the Hawks, including each of the last two. Last season, Atlanta played the Dubs tough, keeping the games close before the Dubs pulled away in the second half in victories decided by five and eight points.
Draymond Green is the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year, but as he showed yet again on Wednesday in Golden State’s win over the Wizards, he’s more than just a one-trick pony. In fact, Green’s playmaking ability may be just as vital to the Warriors’ success as his defensive prowess. In addition to scoring 11 points on only six shot attempts against the Wizards, Green also accumulated 11 assists in the contest for his 18th double-double of the season. The Warriors were nearly perfect on shot attempts resulting from a Green pass, as he accumulated those assists on only 13 Warriors’ field goal attempts, an 84.6 percent assist rate. To put it another way, the Warriors attempted 13 shots following a Green pass on Wednesday; those shot attempts resulted in a total of 25 points.
|PTS: Curry (26.7)||PTS: Schroder (19.3)|
|REB: Green (7.8)||REB: Dedmon (7.4)|
|AST: Green (7.4)||AST: Schroder (6.1)|
ATLANTA SCOUTING REPORT
The Hawks have made the playoffs in each of the last 10 NBA seasons, but that streak will be coming to an end this year. At 19-43, Atlanta is not only well outside the playoff race in the East, but has just one more victory than Orlando for the fewest in the conference. They’ve lost six of their last eight games, but are coming off a 107-102 home win over the Pacers on Wednesday, despite getting outscored by 15 points in the fourth quarter. Point guard Dennis Schroder scored seven of Atlanta’s final eight points in that victory, and currently leads the team with averages of 19.3 points and 6.1 assists per game. The Hawks are great at capitalizing on turnovers, as their 18.6 points off turnovers per game are tied with Oklahoma City for the most in the league. Given that the Warriors allow 18.5 points off turnovers per game (fifth-worst in NBA), they’d be wise to take good care of the ball on Friday if they want to finish off an undefeated road trip.