Programming note: Magic-Warriors coverage starts tonight at 7:00 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and streaming live right here.
OAKLAND – The Warriors spent the first month of the season rewriting the franchise record book, and there is no reason to believe that will change soon.
After a perfect (5-0) road trip over nine days the team returns to Oracle Arena wearing a nine-game win streak. The Warriors can make it 10 in a row, tying a franchise record, with a win Tuesday night over the struggling Orlando Magic.
"It feels great to be back in the bay," forward Marreese Speights said after shootaround Tuesday morning. "We were gone for a long time, so everybody got excited when we were on the way back home, despite a six-hour flight."
The Warriors (14-2) are off to the best start in franchise history, a feat accomplished by their own improving play but also aided by a schedule soft as doctor's cotton. The average win margin during their streak is 13.3 points, including a 111-96 win over the Magic (7-12) last week in Orlando.
That game was not nearly as close as the score indicates; the Warriors entered the fourth quarter up by 32.
Stephen Curry (sprained left ankle) and Klay Thompson (right quad contusion) are both listed as questionable for the rematch. Orlando, though, may be an opponent the Warriors can take without their star guards – especially now that they're back in their own building.
"(The Magic) just came off a good win in Phoenix," Speights said. "We know they're a physical team. They want to come in here and try to beat us, because that's how we beat them down there."
Nothing, however, can be taken for granted. The Warriors, two wins away from setting a franchise-record streak, are doing their part to stay humble and hungry, despite being the subject of so much global praise through the first month of the season.
"This is the game that's always the hardest game, the first game back," Speights said. "We're ready for it."
MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
Andrew Bogut vs. Nikola Vucevic -- Vucevic, 24, is a rapidly improving 7-footer, particularly on offense. He leads the league in double-doubles. Bogut is a terrific defender but must stay active to keep up with the youngster.
Draymond Green vs. Channing Frye -- Frye is an established "stretch 4," a 6-foot-10 forward firing from deep. He is struggling in his first season in Orlando. Green is three inches shorter but usually tenacious enough limit a player with Frye's skills.
KEYS TO VICTORY:
1) Tighten the screws -- Pressure defense can affect the Magic, a young team susceptible to committing costly turnovers.
2) Stay big -- Vucevic can be a handful, so consider summoning Festus Ezeli if Bogut gets in foul trouble.
3) Jump 'em early -- Orlando tends to start slow, falling behind early, so the Warriors should have an opportunity to build a sizable lead.
Warriors – G Stephen Curry (sprained left ankle) and G Klay Thompson (right quad contusion) are listed as questionable. F David Lee (strained left hamstring) is listed is out.
Magic – F Aaron Gordon (fractured fifth metatarsal, left foot) and G Devyn Marble (strained right rotator cuff) are listed as out.
The Warriors have won the last three meetings, sweeping the Magic last season and winning in Orlando on Nov. 26. The Warriors have lost eight of the last 12 meetings and 19 of the last 29.