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Game Preview: Warriors vs. Cavaliers – 4/5/19

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CAVALIERS COMING TO WARRIORS GROUND
The NBA Finals rematch comes to the Bay Area as the Cavaliers make their lone visit of the season on Authentic Fan Friday, presented by NBC Sports Bay Area. These two teams crossed paths in early December when the Warriors won courtesy of a 42-point performance from Stephen Curry. This time, Cleveland looks to play spoiler against the Dubs as they celebrate their final weekend at Oracle Arena and continue to hold off the Denver Nuggets for the No. 1 spot in the Western Conference.

SCORE FREE TICKETS FOR AUTHENTIC FAN FRIDAY
Every Friday home game, NBC Sports Bay Area is giving away 50 pairs of tickets to sit in the Authentic Fan Section 221 where you’ll score a piece of Authentic Fan swag. There’s collector edition cheer cards for the whole arena and a chance to get on TV when you visit the set of Warriors Pregame and Postgame Live in the Crown Royal club. » More Details

LAST TIME OUT
The Lakers, who were without six of their players including four starters, were unable to contain the Dubs’ offense early, allowing Golden State to quickly jump ahead in a 108-90 victory. DeMarcus Cousins led all scorers with 21 points in the game, as well as adding 10 rebounds for his fourth 20-point, 10-rebound double-double of the season. » Full Recap

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW CLE
54-24 19-60
1st in West 14th in East
PTS: 117.7 (2nd) PTS: 104.6 (29th)
REB: 46.1 (11th) REB: 42.6 (26th)
AST: 29.4 (1st) AST: 20.7 (29th)

LAST GAME’S STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins
CLE: Collin Sexton, Brandon Knight, Larry Nance Jr., Cedi Osman and Ante Zizic

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Andre Iguodala (left toe), DeMarcus Cousins (load management), and Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) are out. Team Notes
CLE: Matthew Dellavedova (concussion), John Henson (wrist), and JR Smith (not with team) are out. Kevin Love (shoulder) is TBD. Team Notes

CURRY FLURRY
Curry’s 42 points against the Cavaliers in December was his third highest scoring output on the season. In fact, that was just the first of three 42-point games for Curry in a span of 15 games. During that time, he also had 10 games with at least five made three-pointers.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW CLE
PTS: Curry (27.7) PTS: Love (17.6)
REB: Cousins (8.0) REB: Love (11.2)
AST: Green (7.0) AST: Dellavedova (4.2)

CLEVLAND SCOUTING REPORT
The 19-59 Cavaliers are currently in the midst of a seven-game loosing streak and, like the Warriors, enter Friday night’s contest coming off a game the night before. The Cavaliers rank among the bottom five teams in the league in offensive and defensive rating, as well as points per game. However, the team has young talent in Jordan Clarkson and Collin Sexton who average 17 points per game each. Veteran big men Kevin Love (17.6 points, 11.2 rebounds) and Tristan Thompson (10.9 points, 10.3 rebounds) are nightly double-double threats as well.

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