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Game Preview: Warriors vs. Pacers – 3/21/19

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BACK ON WARRIORS GROUND
The first game back from a long road trip is often a tough one for home teams to endure, and the Warriors will need to stay cognizant of that as they face a tough Pacers team on Thursday night at Oracle Arena. After a 3-1 road trip highlighted by wins in Houston and Oklahoma City, the Dubs are back home looking to sweep the season series with Indiana after the Pacers did such to the Warriors last season.

As the Warriors celebrate their 47th and final season at Oracle Arena, the organization has selected its Thursday games to honor different eras in franchise history. And this Thursday, the current era will be celebrated with the first 10,000 fans receiving a special edition lapel pin, and all fans in attendance receiving a poster celebrating this golden era of Warriors basketball.

LAST TIME OUT
The Splash Brothers combined for 64 points and Jonas Jerebko provided a big lift off the bench in the Dubs’ 117-107 win over the Timberwolves on Tuesday. » Full Recap

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MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSWMIN
47-2232-38
1st in West10th in West
PTS: 117.9 (1st)PTS: 112.6 (13th)
REB: 46.3 (9th)REB: 45.1 (16th)
AST: 29.1 (1st)AST: 24.5 (15th)

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LAST GAME’S STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut
IND: Cory Joseph, Wesley Matthews, Thaddeus Young, Bojan Bogdanovic and Myles Turner

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW:DeMarcus Cousins (sore right ankle) is day-to-day. Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) is out. Team Notes
IND: Victor Oladipo (right knee surgery) are out. Team Notes

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LOCK IN
The Timberwolves are coming off a 117-102 loss to the Houston Rockets, and will be looking to bounce back on their home court. The Warriors are also coming off a loss and will be just as motivated to grab that victory, but Tuesday’s matchup comes on the tail-end of a back-to-back for the Dubs. Down their starting big man, DeMarcus Cousins injured his ankle and remains listed as day-to-day, Dub Nation could possibly see Andrew Bogut back in the starting lineup. The Warriors currently lead the season series with the Timberwolves 2-0; they’ll need to get the good vibes flowing from the start, and must keep the energy high to finish strong.

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TEAM LEADERS

GSWMIN
PTS: Curry (27.9)PTS: Towns (24.6)
REB: Cousins (7.9)REB: Towns (12.2)
AST: Green (7.0)AST: Teague (8.2)

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INDIANA SCOUTING REPORT
– 4th in FG and 3FG%
– 3rd in defensive rating Turner leads league in blocks – Best bench in terms of net rating (+2.8)
– Part of a tight 3-5 playoff race
– Weathering the storm of their best player being hurt
– Lost six straight road games going into Tuesday at LAC Thursday will close out a four-game road trip
– They spread it out: 30 games where six IND players in double figures
– Have been held to 100 or fewer in four of their last six games

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