Jan 8, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Shaun Livingston (14) controls the ball in front of Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) during the fourth quarter of a game at Barclays Center. The Nets defeated the Warriors 102-98. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors Look For Different Result Against Nets: Game Preview

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The last time the Golden State Warriors faced the Brooklyn Nets, the Warriors’ 10-game win streak ended when they fell to Brooklyn 102-98 at the Barclays Center. That loss also ended Golden State’s hope for a perfect road trip.

On Saturday night, the Warriors will look for revenge against the Nets at Oracle Arena this time.

But it won’t come easy, as the Nets are riding a hot streak, leading the league with a 15-6 record since Jan. 1. They are well-rested as well, last playing on Wednesday in a win over the Jazz.

Bay Area product Jason Kidd has finally seemed to have a grasp on coaching in his first season at the helm of the Nets. After a disastrous start, the Nets’ fortunes have turned and could be set up for a run at the third seed in the Eastern Conference. Their lineup looks extremely imposing on paper, with four proven veterans in Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett. However, they have struggled this season, other than Johnson, who was the only one of four selected to the All-Star team. Williams is having an off-year, and Pierce and Garnett are feeling the effects of old age.

For the Warriors, they will be looking to build on a huge overtime win over the Rockets on Thursday, and win at home before embarking on a six-game Eastern road trip.

Tale of the Tape

Warriors

Warriors

  • Points per game: 103.5 (10th)
  • Field-goal percentage: 45.8 (9th)
  • Three-point percentage: 38.0% (4th)
  • Defensive field-goal percentage: 43.4% (4th)
  • Rebounds per game: 45.8 (2nd)
  • Turnovers: 15.6 (29th)
  • Bench scoring per game: 24.2 (29th)

Nets:

  • Points per game: 97.4 (22nd)
  • Field-goal percentage: 45.1% (13th)
  • Three-point percentage: 36.7% (12th)
  • Defensive field-goal percentage: 45.3% (T-15th)
  • Rebounds per game: 39.0 (29th)
  • Turnovers: 13.9 (11th)
  • Bench scoring per game: 38.2 (4th)

History Says

Via Warriors’ game notes:

  • The Nets snapped the Warriors’ 10-game winning streak and franchise-record-tying 11-game road win streak in their first meeting on 1/8 in Brooklyn.
  • The Warriors swept the Nets for the third time in five years last season, a feat that they hadn’t previously accomplished since 1996- 97.
  • The Warriors have won seven of the last eight games against the Nets at Oracle Arena.

Injury Report

GSW: Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) and Nemanja Nedovic (left hamstring strain/right foot inflammation) are out. Andrew Bogut (left shoulder inflammation) is questionable.

BKN: Brook Lopez (fractured right foot) is out

Probable Starters

GOLDEN STATE (33-22)

  • F Andre Iguodala (9.7 PPG)
  • F David Lee (19.1 PPG)
  • C Jermaine O’Neal (6.1 PPG)
  • G Klay Thompson (18.2 PPG)
  • G Stephen Curry (24.2 PPG)

BROOKLYN (25-27)

  • F Joe Johnson (15.3 PPG)
  • F Paul Pierce (13.3 PPG)
  • C Kevin Garnett (6.8 PPG)
  • G Shaun Livingston (7.7 PPG)
  • G Deron Williams (13.4 PPG)

Game Info

Tip-off: 7:30 PST

Location: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA

TV: LOCAL

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