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OAKLAND – Coming off a victory Tuesday in which nobody played more than 29 minutes, the Warriors hope such broad use of the roster will benefit them on Wednesday.
The Dallas Mavericks visit Oracle Arena, and they like to run nearly as much as the Warriors.
The Warriors (38-8) are seeking to reestablish their dominance at home, where their 19-game win streak ended in an overtime loss to the Bulls on Jan. 27. Still, their 22-2 home record is the best in the NBA.
The Mavericks (33-17) rank second in the league in scoring, 4.2 points per game behind the Warriors, but have not won at Oracle since April 12, 2012, posting a 112-103 win over a Warriors team that went 23-43 in a lockout-shortened season.
Warriors by 8.5
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
Klay Thompson vs. Monta Ellis -- The ex-Warrior is playing well and has emerged as the top option in the Dallas offense. Three years and two teams later, he still has fond memories of his time in Oakland. Thompson wants to stay in front of Ellis, who uses quickness to drive or create space. Ellis has no chance of stopping Thompson.
Draymond Green vs. Dirk Nowitzki -- Green is capable of exploiting Nowitzki's mediocre defense but Dirk remains an offensive force. Green, five inches shorter, will try to crowd the 7-foot veteran and make him uncomfortable. That tactic has been successful in the past.
KEYS TO VICTORY
1) Bring the D -- The Mavericks can play fast and score with the best of them. The Warriors, however, remain the best defensive team in the league. They need to live up to their statistics.
2) Park on the arc -- A bottom-10 defense overall, the Mavs are bottom-five in defending the 3-pointer. With the Splash Brothers leading the way, the Warriors have the weapons to make them pay.
3) Wipe the glass -- The Warriors on Tuesday snapped a streak of four games in which they were outrebounded. Dallas is the weakest rebounding team among Western Conference contenders.
Warriors 7-3, Mavericks 6-4.
Warriors: No injuries listed.
Mavericks: G Devin Harris (left knee contusion) is listed as questionable. G Rajon Rondo (left orbital fracture) is listed as out.
Center Ognjen Kuzmic on Wednesday was assigned to D-League Santa Cruz.
After losing the series for five consecutive seasons, the Warriors have gotten the better of the Mavs in each of the last two seasons. The Warriors have won the last four meetings, most recently a 105-98 victory on Dec. 13 in Dallas.
Catch Insider Monte Poole tonight when he reports LIVE from Oracle Arena on Sportsnet Central and Warriors Pregame Live beginning at 6 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area