Warriors vs Mavericks preview: Dubs gunning for win number 5!

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Damn it feels good to be playing at home again. We're back at it with our third straight game hosted at the Roaracle. Our Dubs are set for a great match up tonight against our ol' pal Monta Ellis and the Dallas Mavericks. Golden State is gunning for their 5th straight win: Lets get it done Warriors!

Tip-off: 7:30pm PT
Where: Oracle Arena
TV: NBA TV/CSN Bay Area Radio: KNBR 680
Blog Buddy: www.mavsmoneyball.com

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In it to Win it: (Keys to winning):

Team effort: With Curry playing limited minutes due to a quad (right side) injury, it's going to take a team effort similar to Sunday night's game to keep the momentum going. David Lee & Klay Thompson have been putting up strong numbers these past few games.

Defensive Pressure: Stop key plays and make Dallas play catch up on our court. Rebounding and forcing turnovers is key tonight.

Expose Dirk's shooting struggle: Nowitzki has been having a bad shooting night as of late (3-14 this past Sunday). If we can apply that extra defensive pressure, he's in for long night.

X-Factor Number 1: Klay Thompson. Splash Brother #2 has been heating up as of late. 22 points (that included 4 from the 3-point line) against the Suns on Sunday and a great performance on the road. If Klay can bring his A-game tonight we should be in good hands.

X-Factor Number 2: The home crowd ruckus. It's always been a great time out at the Roaracle, no question. Chasing win number 5 makes it just as exciting! Expect a rowdy crowd tonight with noise being a factor for the Mavs.

Predictions:

- Epic performance from Mr. "WCW" himself, David Lee. Predicting a 20/10+ double-double. A Triple-D would be just as nice!

- Klay Thompson is finding his groove. Expecting an insane shooting night to compliment our starters performance.

- Mr. "Doin' Dirty Work" Draymond Green will be putting up some good numbers. Warriors down by 10-12 points? Ain't a problem that Dray can't fix, he can do it in the mix!

- Stephen Curry's performance tonight maybe limited but anything is possible! Take your pick, he could be a huge factor in the assist category.

- Curve ball: Monta has a career high against his former team, but still can't close out. Dubs win by 5!

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