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Game Preview: Warriors at Pelicans – 4/9/19

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The Warriors look to finish the season strong as they hit the road for their final two games of the 2018-2019 regular season. The back-to-back starts with the third and final meeting against the New Orleans Pelicans. In their prior contests with the Pelicans this season, the Warriors have averaged 139 points to walk away with two wins. New Orleans’ fast-paced offense kept things competitive though; they only lost those games by margins of 10 or less.

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LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors celebrated their final regular season home game at Oracle Arena with a 131-104 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, thereby clinching the top seed in the Western Conference. » Full Recap

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MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSWLAC
55-2447-33
1st in West6th in West
PTS: 117.6 (2nd)PTS: 114.9 (5th)
REB: 46.1 (11th)REB: 45.5 (14th)
AST: 29.4 (1st)AST: 23.9 (19th)

LAST GAME’S STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut
LAC: Lanry Shamet, Shai Gildeous-Alexander, Gerrett Temple, Danilo Gallinari and Ivica Zubac

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) is out. Team Notes
LAC: Luc Mbah a Moute (left knee surgery) is out. Patrick Beverley (hip) is TBD. Team Notes

FINISHING STRONG
In Steve Kerr’s four previous seasons as head coach of the Warriors, the Dubs have had solid success in their final home games of the season: the team has won their regular season home finales at Oracle Arena three of the four years under Kerr. The win differential in those games has been over 14 points and includes a 46-point outing from Stephen Curry in 2016. Needless to say, the Dubs have enjoyed their final games at home; and fans can look forward to the squad leaving it all on the floor in honor of Dub Nation.

TEAM LEADERS

GSWLAC
PTS: Curry (27.6)PTS: Williams (20.1)
REB: Cousins (8.1)REB: Zubac (7.5)
AST: Green (6.9)AST: Williams (5.4)

L.A. CLIPPERS SCOUTING REPORT
The Clippers have been on fire as of late, winning 13 of their last 16 games. The wins were necessary, as they continue their fight to maintain their playoff spot at the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference. They are among the top teams in the NBA in offensive statistics, including points per game (fifth in the league, 114.9 points) and offensive rating (ninth overall, 112.4). Veteran guard Lou Williams leads the team with an average of 20.2 points to go along with 5.3 assists. Their frontcourt has a duo to be reckoned with as well in Danilo Gallinari (19.8 points, 6.2 rebounds) and Montrezl Harrell (16.6 points, 6.6 rebounds); both are mobile big-men who can run the court against any opponent.

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