Game Preview: Warriors vs. Hornets - 3/31/19

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SUNDAY SQUARE OFF
The Warriors head back to The Bay to host the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday, marking this season’s second and matchup between the two teams. Both teams enter the game with the playoffs in mind. While the Dubs are trying to finish the season strong to get the number one seed, the Hornets are trying to crash playoff party in the Eastern Conference.

LAST TIME OUT
A sure win turned into a likely defeat somehow made its way to overtime, but the dramatics were just getting started in what resulted in a 131-130 loss in Minnesota on Friday. » Full Recap

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW CHA
51-24 35-40
1st in West 10th in East
PTS: 117.5 (2nd) PTS: 110.9 (20th)
REB: 46.0 (11th) REB: 44.3 (23rd)
AST: 29.1 (1st) AST: 23.2 (22nd)

LAST GAME'S STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins
CHA: Kemba Walker, Dwayne Bacon, Bismack Biyombo, Miles Bridges and Marvin Williams

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) is out. Team Notes
CHA: Cody Zeller (left knee soreness) is out. Team Notes

SCALING THE WEST
Playoffs are on the horizon and the top spot in the West is still up for grabs. As the Dubs shake off a recent defeat, the Nuggets’ recent victory pulls both teams into a tie when it comes to gaining the number one seed in the Western Conference. With only seven more regular season games to go before the postseason, the Dubs need to make every game count in order to lead the West.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW CHA
PTS: Curry (27.9) PTS: Walker (25.2)
REB: Cousins (8.0) REB: Zeller (6.8)
AST: Green (6.9) AST: Walker (5.9)

CHARLOTTE SCOUTING REPORT
The Charlotte Hornets (35-40) continue a crucial Western Conference road stretch, with each game carrying great significance to their playoff hopes. Currently two games out of the eighth and final playoff spot with seven games remaining, the Hornets need to be pretty close to perfect the rest of the way to crack the playoff picture. And for Charlotte, it all starts with All-Star guard Kemba Walker. He leads the team with 25.2 ppg and 5.9 assists, while Jeremy Lamb adds further guard depth with averages of 15 points and a team-high of 5.6 rebounds. The emergence of Dwayne Bacon has given the team a boost, as he has tallied three straight games of 20+ points. Seasoned veteran Tony Parker also plays a contributing role for Charlotte, averaging 9.5 ppg in this 17th year in the league. Charlotte Center Cody Zeller posted 28 points up against the Dubs earlier this season, but hasn’t played in three weeks and will be out again on Sunday with a knee injury.

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