OAKLAND — Winners of eight straight games, the Warriors on Thursday night will try to extend yet another impressive streak when they face the Milwaukee Bucks.
Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 5 o’clock with Happy Hour, followed by Warriors Pregame. Tipoff at Oracle Arena is scheduled for 7:35.
Among the goals set by the Warriors (10-1) entering the season, the last at Oracle, was to better defend their home court. They’re succeeding so far, going 6-0 at home.
The Bucks (8-2), however, are the most impressive team to visit so far. Milwaukee is one of the other six teams undefeated at home (6-0) but is only 2-2 on the road.
F Kevin Durant
F Jordan Bell
C Damian Jones
G Klay Thompson
G Stephen Curry
F Khris Middleton
F Giannis Antetokounmpo
C Brook Lopez
G Malcolm Brogdon
G Eric Bledsoe
Warriors: F Draymond Green (R toe sprain), G Shaun Livingston (R foot soreness) and C/F DeMarcus Cousins (L Achilles’ tendon surgery rehab) are listed as out.
Bucks: C/F John Henson (L wrist soreness) is listed as questionable. G Jodie Meeks (suspension) and F DJ Wilson (R groin sprain) are listed as out.
Warriors: With three rotation players unavailable, it’s incumbent on some of the reserves to fill the void. If Bell, the likely starter for Green, submits a solid performance, it comes much easier to juggle Kevon Looney, Jonas Jerebko and Alfonzo McKinnie up front. At least one of the three needs to make a significant impact. Otherwise, this may be one of those nights when Curry, Durant and Thompson approach 40 minutes of playing time.
Bucks: Everybody on the team shoots 3-pointers. They typically go nine deep — nine different players launched triples Tuesday at Portland — but that will drop to eight if Henson is not cleared. Key players to watch are Ersan Ilyasova and Donte DiVincenzo, both of whom are streaky.. . . Best plan for the Warriors at the outset is to force Bledsoe into one-on-one situations and hope he’ll become over-aggressive, as he’s prone to do, and hijack the offense.. . . The key, however, for any team facing Milwaukee is to limit Antetokounmpo’s transition impact.