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OAKLAND – The Warriors won't have to face LeBron James, but they'll confront two other serious threats to their perfect record against Eastern Conference foes when the Cavaliers visit Oracle Arena on Friday night.
Standing in the way of the Warriors' attempt to run their record to 12-0 against the East are stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.
The Warriors (28-5) will be out to sweep a six-game home stand that began on Dec. 27 while extending their home win streak to 14 – one away from tying the best since the franchise moved to the Bay Area in 1962.
The Cavaliers (19-17), who are opening a five-game road trip against Pacific Division teams, have lost six of their last seven games.
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Warriors by 13.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
Draymond Green vs. Kevin Love. Insofar as Love is an All-Star and considered one of the league's premier power forwards, this is the type of challenge for which Green lives. He's comfortable shadowing Love inside and out and is capable of forcing Love to play defense, which is not his forte.
Stephen Curry vs. Kyrie Irving. Two of the game's top point guards, each approaches the job differently. Curry is the superior shooter, but Irving is more explosive. Curry will get plenty of relief from the likes of Klay Thompson and Shaun Livingston. Curry is certain to exploit Irving's tendency for defensive indifference.
KEYS TO VICTORY:
1) Ball movement. The Cavs are horrible on defense; only the Lakers and Timberwolves are worse at defending shots. If the ball moves, the Warriors will get plenty of open looks.
2) Run deep. With rookie coach David Blatt trying to determine a playing rotation in the midst of significant roster change, the Warriors would be wise to take advantage of their depth and run at every opportunity.
3) Pound the glass. The Warriors have to ensure they are not out worked by a Cavs team struggling to score of late (averaging 91.4 per game over the last five) and will be seeking second- and third-chance opportunities. New acquisition big man Timofey Mozgov passed his physical on Friday afternoon and is listed as probable vs. Golden State.
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Warriors 7-3. Cavaliers 3-7.
Warriors: C Festus Ezeli (sprained left ankle) is listed as out.
Cavs: F LeBron James (left knee/low back strain), G Iman Shumpert (dislocated left shoulder) and C Anderson Varejao (ruptured left Achilles tendon) are listed as out.
The Warriors had won six in a row against the Cavs prior to a loss on March 14. The Cavs have won five of the last seven meetings at Oracle Arena.