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Warriors host Pelicans on Halloween

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New Orleans Pelicans at Golden State Warriors

  1. The Pelicans have lost two straight after winning their first four games of the season. They scored under 115 points in both losses after topping that number in each of the previous four -- since last season, New Orleans has gone 34-6 (.850) when scoring at least 115 compared to 18-30 (.375) when scoring less.
  2. The Warriors beat the Bulls, 149-124, in Chicago on Monday, scoring 140+ points for the second time this season -- across the league this season four other teams have done this, once each. Since 2016-17, Golden State has scored 140+ points eight times -- the Rockets rank second with four such games.
  3. Klay Thompson made 14 three pointers against the Bulls, breaking Steph Curry's previous record of 13, set on November 7, 2016 against the Pelicans. There have only been 14 instances of a player hitting more than ten three pointers in a single game -- Steph Curry has done it six times and Thompson twice.
  4. Nikola Mirotic is averaging a career-high 22.7 points in an expanded role with the Pelicans this season. Mirotic has scored 136 points and snagged 57 rebounds through six games -- his previous career highs through six games were 122 points and 44 rebounds.
  5. The Warriors lead the NBA in field goal percentage at 52.3 and the Pelicans rank fifth at 49.0. These two teams rank first and second in assists per game, with Golden State at 29.6 and New Orleans at 27.7.
  6. Golden State went 3-1 against New Orleans last season, winning the first three matchups before losing in April with Steph Curry out due to injury. Since 2014-15, the Warriors have gone 13-2 (.867) against the Pelicans -- this is only their fourth-best record against a single opponent over that span (min. 10 GP).

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors will dust off an old trick Wednesday night, performing at home on Halloween for the first time since 2000 when they host the New Orleans Pelicans.

In the Pelicans, the Warriors will be facing the same team they visited on Halloween three years ago, a game in which Stephen Curry bombed in 53 points in a 134-120 win.

Curry had 51 points in just three quarters the last time the Warriors were seen at home, that being in a 144-122 win over the Washington Wizards last Wednesday.

In the meantime, Golden State went on the road and swept the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls, with Klay Thompson exploding for 52 points and an NBA-record 14 3-pointers in Monday's 149-124 win at Chicago.

"I just knew I was due to a big night," Thompson told reporters after his 14 threes broke the previous record of 13, held by Curry. "That's what I do this for, for those moments you're sharing with your teammates."

Thompson had ranked among the worst 3-point shooters in the league in the Warriors' first seven games, going 5-for-36 (13.9 percent). He hadn't made more than one in any game until his 14 against the Bulls.

The three-game road sweep gave the Warriors a 7-1 record, the best in the Western Conference.

Golden State's lone loss came at Denver, which is where the Pelicans opened a rugged five-game trip with a 116-111 defeat on Monday night. They were playing without standout big man Anthony Davis, who missed a second straight game with a sprained right elbow.

While the injury is not considered to be serious, Davis remains questionable for the Golden State game.

"I don't think it's anything that we're worried about," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry announced Monday, before noting on Tuesday that his star would be a game-time decision.

The Pelicans opened the season 4-0, with Davis averaging 27.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and a league-leading 3.8 blocked shots per game.

They lost to Utah and Denver without him, averaging 111.0 points in those games, 17.3 fewer than in their four wins.

After the Warriors, the Pelicans will complete their eight-day trip by visiting Portland, San Antonio and Oklahoma City.

The Pelicans have never played a road game on Halloween in their history. Davis had 26 points and 15 rebounds in their Halloween home loss to Golden State in 2015.

The meeting is the first since the clubs met in the Western semifinals last May, with Golden State prevailing 4-1 despite Curry sitting out Game 1 with a knee injury.

Draymond Green averaged a triple-double in the series with 14.8 points, 11.8 rebounds and 10.0 assists.

Davis averaged 27.8 points and 14.8 rebounds for the Pelicans, including 33 points and 18 rebounds in Game 3, the only game New Orleans won in the series.

The Warriors have won 20 of the last 22 regular-season meetings against the Pelicans, although New Orleans came away with a 126-120 victory last April when the clubs last met in Oakland in the regular season.

Updated October 30, 2018

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