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DATE – Friday Nov. 27

TIME – 9:30 p.m. Eastern

TV – CSNB and FSAZ

 

LAST 5 MEETINGS

4/2/15 – at Warriors (-12.5) 107, Suns 106

3/9/15 – Warriors (-5.5), 98, at Suns 80

1/31/15 – at Warriors (-10.5) 106, Suns 87

11/9/14 – at Suns (-1.5) 107, Warriors 95

3/9/14 – at Warriors (-10) 113, Suns 107

 

Any concerns that defending NBA champion Golden State would have a letdown after winning its first world championship since 1975 have been eliminated quickly. Golden State has won its first 12 games of this season, and it will look to continue its hot start to the 2015-16 NBA season in Friday's Warriors-Suns game.

 

The Warriors and Suns will play their first of four meetings this season at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Friday, and the game will be regionally televised from Phoenix.

 

Golden State has been tremendous over the past season plus, having won 33 of 36 regular-season games at one stretch over the past two seasons. And of course last season culminated in the fourth NBA championship for the Warriors franchise, joining titles they won in 1947, 1956, and 1975, with the first two of those championships coming when the Warriors were in Philadelphia. Golden State was 16-5 in the playoffs last season after a 67-15 regular season. But they're even hotter in 2015-16 as they advance toward the Warriors-Suns game.

 

Phoenix, which missed the playoffs last season, has started solidly this season, winning six of its first 10 games. And while Phoenix has had a strong offense through the early part of the NBA season, averaging about 105 points per game, it hasn't been able to keep pace with Golden State's offense, which is averaging more than 114 points per game through the first few weeks. The Warriors and Suns are each in the top five in scoring offense in the NBA thus far.

 

Both the Warriors and Suns are among the best teams in the league in 3-point shooting too. Golden State opened the season as the NBA's best 3-point shooting team at better than 40 percent, while Phoenix has converted about 37 percent of its 3-point shots to open the season.

 

Of course when Stephen Curry is part of your team, you expect to be near the top of the NBA in scoring and 3-point shooting. Golden State all-star Curry is averaging better than 33 points per game, the highest number in the league through the first few weeks, and he is making a video game like 45.6 percent of his three point shots, converting more than five 3-pointers per game.

 

Phoenix has two players averaging better than 20 points per game in the first few weeks of the league season in Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight. Bledsoe and Knight are combining to average nearly 11 assists per game as well. Tyson Chandler leads the Suns in rebounding through the first few weeks of the season at 10 per game.

 

The home team has won seven of the past eight Warriors-Suns games, and the favored team has won outright in seven straight Warriors-Suns contests and in 10 of the past 11.

 

Friday's Warriors-Suns game will be the first of four regular-season contests between the two teams. The Warriors will make their second trip to Phoenix Feb. 10. Meanwhile, Phoenix will travel to Oakland for games on Dec. 16 and March 12.

 

Including playoff games, Phoenix leads the all-time Warriors-Suns series, 148-95. Like most of the all-time NBA series for Golden State, it has been dominated in this series over the years. But the Warriors have claimed the better of most opponents during the past couple of seasons, and they're off to another strong start in 2015-16.