When the Warriors close out a seven-game homestand Tuesday, they will be making their third attempt to clear a barrier they’ve yet to overcome this season.
Can they make a way to a three-game win streak?
That’s the task facing the Warriors when the Indiana Pacers come into Chase Center for the 7:30 p.m. PT tip-off. Golden State is a home favorite for the first time this season.
The Warriors (6-4) have won four of their last five games, posting victories in opposite fashion the last two games. They wiped out a 22-point third-quarter deficit to defeat the Clippers on Friday, and then blew a 17-point fourth-quarter lead against Toronto before coming back to win on Sunday.
The Pacers (6-4) are on the second night of a back-to-back set, having lost Monday night at Sacramento in the first of five consecutive road games.
Here are three keys to the Warriors snagging their third straight victory:
Set a blistering pace
Usually emphasized when facing a team on the second night of a back-to-back, the Warriors have at least one other reason to try to set a fast tempo: The Pacers prefer not to.
The Warriors are second in the NBA in pace. They want to play fast because their roster is more suited to hustle than to muscle, and because it means their defense is having an effect. At their best, they are a flurry of Stephen Curry 3-balls in transition, with athletic wings (Kelly Oubre Jr. and Andrew Wiggins) and big men (Draymond Green, James Wiseman) who prefer to run.
The Pacers, under first-year coach Nate Bjorkgren, are 15th in pace, opting grind down opponents in half-court sets. They’re No. 1 in paint points (56.4 per game) fourth in overall field-goal percentage and sixth in effective field-goal percentage.
Respect the ball
The Warriors have generally done a fair job taking care of the ball this season, ranking 13th in turnovers per game. That part of the game will be tested against Indiana, which has scored at least 20 points off turnovers in each of its wins.
The Pacers are third in steals (9.5 per game) and fourth in points off turnovers, averaging 19.8 – the exact total the Warriors are giving up in turnovers.
Committing 12 or fewer turnovers would bode well for the Warriors, especially considering the Pacers are very good at limiting their turnovers. Only four teams commit fewer than their 13.5 per game.
Own the glass
The Warriors won’t see many teams with rebounding troubles as deep as their own. The Pacers, despite starting 6-foot-11 Myles Turner at center and 6-foot-11 Domantas Sabonis at power forward, are one such team.
Indiana is 29th in rebounds per game (41.7), while the Warriors are 17th (44.0). Golden State is dead last in rebounding percentage (47.4), while Indy is 22nd (48.5).
The Kings, averaging one rebound per game more than the Warriors, took a 44-37 advantage over the Pacers on Monday.
The Warriors are 3-0 when they outrebound their opponent, 3-4 when they don’t.