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Warriors vs Blazers preview: Golden State looks for “The Bounce Back” at home

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Whether it’s time for us to rest our players or keep the momentum going into playoffs. You can’t help but get excited that two of the best teams in the West are about to go at it at the Roaracle tonight.

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Portland Trail (51-27) at Golden State Warriors (63-15)
Tip-off: 7:30pm PT
Where: Oracle Arena
TV: TNT - CSN Bay Area Radio: KNBR 680
Blog Buddy: www.blazersedge.com

The Dubs are coming home after two back to back losses on the road against some serious competition from San Antonio followed by New Orleans. The Warriors closed out their regular season road schedule at 28-13. It's time to regroup back home, avoid a three-game losing streak and look at how Coach Kerr will utilize our roster in the last four games of the season (all of which are at the Roaracle).

Warriors: These last two losses felt like a wake up call for Golden State. How are they going to transition going into the post season? I know they're going to be fine when the playoffs begin, but let's keep the momentum going. After Tuesday's loss against NOLA, things came crashing down in the third quarter when the Pelicans built momentum and caught up. Same goes for their loss in San Antonio, where they couldn't build any momentum against the Spurs in the first quarter.

Blazers: Portland is coming off a big win last night against the Timberwolves, and have won 7 of their last 9 games. LaMarcus Aldridge had a strong night with 24 points and 13 rebounds in three quarters. Robin Lopez had 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting against the Timberwolves. This team likes to score which will make tonight's match-up in the Roaracle even more exciting. This is a critical game for Portland as they battle for home court advantage in the first round behind the Clippers.

Win it tonight: Let's try and win these last four games. Let's do it in an exciting fashion that gives the fans a great show without overplaying our starters. Sure, we've clinched the top seed and gained home turf advantage throughout the post season. I wonder what tricks Kerr has up his sleeve utilizing the entire squad (and if the starters start playing limited minutes)

Here are some key factors to get a win:
- Build momentum first against the Blazers
- Hit your threes
- Heavy on the defense, especially inside the paint
- Drive the score up and hold that lead

Predictions:
- David Lee's going to have a good night. Double Double anyone?
- Klay Thompson gets off his funk and lights it up.
- Treys All Day.
- Someone's going to make that half court shot and win a new car.
- Warriors win by 5