The Golden State Warriors make their only visit to Charlotte on Monday night, but it’s not the first time three Warriors stars have played in the city this season.
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Of course, the All-Star Game on Feb. 17 was in Charlotte, and Golden State’s Steph Curry, Kevin Durant (the game’s MVP) and Klay Thompson all played in it. Every trip to Charlotte is important to Curry because he grew up there, starred at nearby Davidson and his dad Dell, a good NBA player in his own right, still works as a Hornets analyst and as the franchise’s ambassador and special projects advisor (whatever that means).
Steph got his sweet stroke from Dad as Dell Curry is the team’s all-time leader in games played and the best three-point shooter in team history. If you are wondering, the Hornets never got the chance to select Curry in the 2009 draft. He went No. 7 overall, and Charlotte picked 12th and took Duke’s Gerald Henderson, who was a solid player for a few years.
It’s the first meeting of the season between the teams, with Charlotte visiting Oakland on March 31. They split last year, each winning by double digits on the road. Curry missed the trip to Charlotte. That was Golden State’s seventh straight win in the series, but it would then lose by 11 a few weeks later in Oakland.
The road team is 5-0-1 against the spread (ATS) in the past six meetings.
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This starts a four-game trip through the Eastern Conference for the Warriors. Golden State has won 15 of the last 17 road games, including 11 straight at one point, the longest road win streak in the NBA this season. The team comes off one of its worst efforts of the season, though, a 118-112 home loss to the Rockets on Saturday. OK, maybe you understand that if James Harden went nuts, but he sat out. Extremely rare for the Warriors to lose at all when Durant (29 points), Curry (25) and Thompson (20) all score at least 20. Draymond Green left with an ankle injury and is questionable for Monday. Saturday was the Dubs’ first loss this year when Curry, Thompson, Durant, Green and DeMarcus Cousins all start. Golden State is 0-6 ATS in its past six overall.
Charlotte was also upset at home on Saturday, 117-115 vs. Brooklyn. Hornets star Kemba Walker had a 3-point attempt blocked as time expired. He may have been fouled on the play. Walker finished with 32 points. Tony Parker looked in his prime rather than age 36 with 21 points, five assists and five rebounds. Pretty simple path to success for Charlotte as the team is 22-4 (16-1 at home) when outshooting its opponent. The Hornets are 17-11 all-time at home in this series but have dropped the past four. They have covered just two of their past 11 overall against teams with a winning record.