Golden State Warriors vs Atlanta Hawks: Lineups, preview & prediction 3/2/18

After being the hunted for the last three-plus seasons, the Golden State Warriors are chasing the Houston Rockets heading into Friday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks.

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The Warriors (48-14) have won four straight, but the rampaging Rockets have ripped off 13 straight victories to move percentage points ahead of the reigning NBA champions for the league’s best record and the top seed in the Western Conference.

Golden State are trying to sweep a three-game road swing against Eastern Conference opponents and are coming off a 109-101 victory over Southeast Division leaders Washington on Wednesday night. Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Stephen Curry added 25 and Draymond Green chipped in 11 and 11 assists as the Warriors have averaged 120.0 points in their four wins coming out of the All-Star break.

Atlanta (19-43) are looking for back-to-back wins after snapping a four-game losing streak with a 107-102 victory over Indiana on Wednesday night. John Collins scored 16 points to lead six players in double figures, and the opportunistic Hawks blocked a season-best 11 shots and scored 26 points off 24 Pacers turnovers while recording 13 steals.

The Hawks have alternated wins and losses in their last seven home games and have not won two consecutive games at Philips Arena since beating San Antonio and New Orleans on January 15 and 17. While Atlanta are 14-18 overall at home, they are 8-4 against Western Conference teams.

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