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Warriors back in action, aim for franchise history against Nets

Warriors back in action, aim for franchise history against Nets

OAKLAND -- The Warriors are 5-0 since the All-Star break and they’re expected to add another win Tuesday night, when they return home to face the Brooklyn Nets.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff from Oracle Arena at 7:35.

Coming off a road trip on which they went 3-0, the Warriors (49-14) are one victory from becoming the first team in franchise history to reach 50 wins five years in a row. Only San Antonio, at 18 consecutive years, has a longer active streak.

The Nets (20-44) have lost their last nine road games, including the first three on their current trip.

BETTING LINE:
Warriors by 14

MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Stephen Curry vs. Spencer Dinwiddie: These PGs won’t always match up, but each is his team’s catalyst. Dinwiddie has been Brooklyn’s best player this season and he’s getting better. Consider this: in five games since the All-Star break, he has 44 assists, six turnovers. Curry’s last five games in that category: 27/15. But he’s also averaging 27.8 points on 51.2 percent shooting, including 50.0 percent from beyond the arc.

INJURY REPORT:
Warriors: F/C Jordan Bell (low back strain) is listed as probable. G Pat McCaw (L wrist fracture) is listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

Nets: G Jeremy Lin (R patellar tendon rupture) is listed as out. G Isaiah Whitehead) is on assignment with the G-League Long Island Nets.

LAST 10:
Warriors: 8-2. Nets: 1-9.

GAME OFFICIALS:
John Goble, Derrick Collins, Lauren Holtkamp

SERIES HISTORY:
The Warriors won the first of two meetings this season, 118-111, on Nov. 19 at Barclays Center and have won five in a row against Brooklyn. The Warriors are 6-1 against the Nets in the Steve Kerr era, have won 15 of 20 overall and 11 of the last 12 played in Oakland.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH:
KLAY CHASING STEPH: Curry last Friday in Atlanta became the first NBA player to make at least 200 3-pointers in six different seasons. Klay Thompson has done it in five seasons needs four more to become the second player to accomplish the feat.

THE TRIPLES GAME: The Warriors are known for superior 3-point shooting and lead the league at 39.7 percent. They rank only 11th in attempts, at 29.8 per game. The Nets live and die by the 3, as only the Rockets take more than Brooklyn’s 35.3 shots per game beyond the arc.

THE FOCUS FACTOR: As bad as the Nets are, particularly on the road, the Warriors can’t assume anything. They’ve lost to two teams destined for the lottery and three others outside the current playoff picture. They have to be ready against a poor team that routinely plays hard.

Can Kings finally give home fans something to cheer about against Nets?

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Can Kings finally give home fans something to cheer about against Nets?

SACRAMENTO -- Searching for a win. The Kings have dropped five straight and haven’t picked up a win on their home floor since Feb. 5. They’ll face a Brooklyn Nets team that’s lost 13 of their last 15 coming into Thursday evening’s matchup at Golden 1 Center.

The Kings played well in Portland last game out, but stumbled down the stretch. Zach Randolph led the way with 20 points, but five players scored in double-figures, including a quality 17-point, 10-rebound double-double performance from Willie Cauley-Stein.

Brooklyn likes to get out and run. They have seven regulars averaging 10 points or more, with D'Angelo Russell leading the way at 15.8 points per game. Rebuilding a franchise without draft picks isn’t easy, but the Nets are doing their best with the hand they were dealt from previous management.

BETTING LINE:
Nets by 2.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Willie Cauley-Stein vs. Jarrett Allen -- Cauley-Stein is averaging 17.3 points and 10 rebounds a game over his last three. He needs to continue to work on his consistency, but he’s improved greatly in this arena throughout the season. Allen is getting an opportunity in Brooklyn and he’s taking advantage. The rookie big has scored in double figures in 12 of his last 15 games and his PER on the season is 18.3.

WHERE THEY STAND:
Kings: 18-43, fifth place in Pacific

Nets: 20-42, fifth place in Atlantic

INJURY REPORT:
Kings: SG/SF Iman Shumpert (plantar fasciitis) out, PF Skal Labissiere (right ankle sprain) probable, PF Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehab) out for the season.

Nets: PF Jahlil Okafor (left calf) out, PG Jeremy Lin (knee) out.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH:
Giving the Home Fans Something to Cheer About -- It’s been a rough season for the Kings, specifically on their home floor where they sport a 8-20 record at Golden 1 Center. Sacramento fans show up every night, it would be nice to see them get rewarded with a win now and then.

Watch for the Long Rebound -- Brooklyn shoots a ton of threes and they don’t make a lot of them. The Kings need to rebound as a team, including the guards. Long shots often produce long rebounds.  

Go in Attack Mode -- Sacramento has sat at the bottom of the league in free throw all season and it’s only getting worse. They need to find a way to play with more force and attack their opponent.

SERIES HISTORY:
The Kings hold a 1-0 advantage in the season series against Brooklyn after beating them at the Barclays Center on Dec. 20. The Nets hold a slim 32-30 lead during the Sacramento-era, but the Kings are up 48-38 all-time.

Gameday: How the well-rested Nets will test the Durant-less Warriors

Gameday: How the well-rested Nets will test the Durant-less Warriors

Roughly 20 hours after winning in Philadelphia, the Warriors on Sunday take their act to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where they’ll be without Kevin Durant as they try to sweep a back-to-back set for the first time this season.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 2pm, with tipoff scheduled for 3:05pm.

It’s the third back-to-back set of the season for the Warriors (12-4), who have split the first two. This one follows a stirring comeback victory over the 76ers on Saturday and it comes against a Nets team sure to test their endurance.

That test is automatically tougher with Durant, who scored scored 27 points against Philly but will be sidelined Sunday with an ankle sprain.

Brooklyn (6-9) is playing without two guards who figured prominently in their plans, as both Jeremy Lin and D’Angelo Russell are out with injuries.

BETTING LINE:
Warriors by 11

MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Stephen Curry vs. Spencer Dinwiddie. Curry broke out his mini-slump in the third quarter Saturday in Philly, scoring 20 points on 6-of-7 shooting, including 4-of-4 from deep. He’ll see plenty of Dinwiddie, whose wingspan approaches 6-9. Starting in place of the injured D’Angelo Russell, Dinwiddie has become a solid catalyst for Brooklyn’s fast-paced offense. His 5.57-1 assist-to-turnover ratio leads all NBA point guards. If he plays exceptionally well, the Nets may have a legitimate chance.

INJURY REPORT:
Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L ankle sprain) is listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

Nets: G Jeremy Lin (ruptured patellar tendon) and G D’Angelo Russell (L knee surgery) are listed as out.

GAME OFFICIALS:
Kane Fitzgerald (crew chief), Ben Taylor and Scott Wall.

LAST 10:
Warriors: 8-2, Nets: 3-7.

SERIES HISTORY:
The Warriors swept two games against Brooklyn in each of the last two seasons and have won 14 of the last 19 overall.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH:
THE GAS TANK: After expending a lot of energy in wiping out a 24-point second-half deficit against the 76ers, the Warriors now confront the NBA’s most hyperactive team. Brooklyn leads the league in pace for the second consecutive season under coach Kenny Atkinson. The Nets are rested and they want to run. With the Warriors shorthanded and coming off a game on the previous night, Brooklyn will push at every opportunity.

TRUST THE D: The Nets rank second in field-goal attempts but 25th in field-goal percentage and 26th in 3-point percentage. They rely on volume to stay in games, and sometimes it’s enough. The Warriors, with the exception of the first half on Saturday, have tightened their defense and now rank fifth in defensive rating. They may have to go deep into the bench, but they’re defense should hold up.

THE GLASS WAR: On sheer rebounding numbers the Warriors and Nets are about equal, thanks largely to Brooklyn ranking second behind Phoenix in both field-goal attempts and missed shots. Where the Warriors separate is in rebounding percentage, where they rank sixth and Brooklyn is 25th. If the Warriors can stay even on the glass against a team that also is comfortable playing “small,” it likely will be enough to put them over the top.