The Golden State Warriors are in desperate need of multiple days off. But starting Tuesday evening, the Warriors begin a four game, seven day road trip that includes games against the New Orleans Pelicans, Dallas Mavericks, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Sacramento Kings.
The Warriors are coming off three consecutive home losses, falling fell short to the Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, and Portland Trail Blazers last week, but every loss came shorthanded either without Stephen Curry or Andre Iguodala.
Tuesday night against the New Orleans Pelicans, the Warriors will be without center Andrew Bogut for his role in a scuffle when he got tangled up under the basket with Blazers center Joel Freeland. Against the Pelicans, the Warriors will surely feel the impact of missing Bogut, as second year Pelican Anthony Davis has shown massive signs of improvement in his sophomore campaign. Davis is averaging 20.7 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 4.0 blocks per game.
Wednesday night, the Warriors face off against the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks (9-6) as of 11:30 PM EST Monday night, are not the most talented roster on paper, but Mavs coach Rick Carlisle has done a fantastic job early in the season managing his roster. The Mavs are led by the steady superstar Dirk Nowitzki and the former Warrior Monta Ellis. Ellis is averaging 23.6 points per game while shooting a better percentage from three and the field then his prior career averages. Expect Ellis to have a big game against the Warriors, especially if Iguodala misses the game, as Iguodala would otherwise be faced with the challenge of guarding Ellis.
Friday night is one of the biggest games of the season for the Warriors. They face off against arguably the Western Conferences best team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder led by MVP candidates Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will be poised to play well Friday night against an up-an-coming Warriors team. The Thunder are ninth in the NBA in points per game and 1st overall in rebounding. Serge Ibaka has scored the ball more efficiently this season and has looked more like the core piece Thunder management wanted to see when they shipped James Harden to Houston.
On Sunday, the Warriors play against their NorCal rival Sacramento Kings. The Kings are still the inconsistent immature Kings led by Boogie Cousins, so expect a Warriors team healthy or injured to defeat this mediocre Kings squad.