Bay Area Sports Preview 10/27/2016Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00
Weekly Bay Area sports preview for 10/27/2016.
Weekly Bay Area Sports Preview
The Bay Area once again has a week filled with exciting sporting events. In addition to the start of the NBA season, there are also some great games being played in the NFL and NHL in the Bay Area this week.
Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors had their season end in disappointment, but they finally get their chance at redemption with the start of the 2016-17 NBA season. The Golden State Warriors began their season with a tough home game against the San Antonio Spurs. The first game of the season is always special, but it becomes even more important when the two best teams in the Western Conference are playing each other. The Golden State offense looked unstoppable in the preseason thanks to the addition of Kevin Durant, but the team’s performance was less than stellar in a meaningful game against a historically great defensive team. The Warriors were considered the favorites, but lost in what will likely have been one of the toughest games the team has this season. The Warriors have another intriguing game on Friday against Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans and will try to rebound from the 29 point blowout loss to the Spurs. The Pelicans have consistently struggled to win games despite having one of the best players in the NBA, so it should be an easy win for the Warriors.
After years of tribulations, the Oakland Raiders are finally sitting at the top of the AFC West entering the halfway point of the NFL season. The defense has not performed up to expectations, but Derek Carr and the Raiders offense has been picking up the slack. The Raiders get to play their second straight game in Florida when they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday. Bay Area sports fans have to hope the second game in Florida goes as well as the first. The Raiders are getting extra time to prepare for this game by staying in Florida all week. This is guaranteed to be a high scoring game between two of best up-and-coming teams in the league, but the consistent play of Derek Carr and his boosted offensive line should help the Raiders get a close win.
San Jose Sharks
After a hot start, the Sharks had lost three of their last four games, coming into Tuesday’s matchup against the Anaheim Ducks. This lull can primarily be contributed to playing five straight road games. The Sharks are a much better team at home, and proved that in the overtime victory. The Sharks will also play the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night. The Sharks already defeated Columbus on the road earlier this month, so they should have no problem defeating them again in front of the home crowd.
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