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Can the Trail Blazers shock the world against the visiting Warriors?

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Golden State Warriors (33-2) at Portland Trailblazers (15-23)
Tip-off: 7:00pm PST
Where: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
TV: CSN Bay Area, NBA TV
Radio: KNBR 680
Blog Buddy: www.blazersedge.com

After a 2 day break, the Golden State Warriors hit the road for back to back games beginning in Portland and ending in Sacramento as they take on a struggling Portland Trail Blazers team. As we reach the halfway mark of the season, Golden State boasts an incredible 33-2 record. Can they extend it to 34? Let's get it Dubs!

Team Overviews

The Warriors: Let's talk about Klay Thompson for a minute who's found his groove in these last few games: 36 points against the Lakers on Tuesday night, 22 of those points in the first quarter. Pair him up with our MVP Stephen Curry who had 17 points plus Draymond Green who was just shy of a triple D (finished with 9 points, 12 rebounds and five assist) and the wins just keep pouring in.

As of yesterday, Curry was listed as probably for tonight's game with a lower left leg injury. This gives more opportunity for Shaun Livingston and Ian Clark to get more minutes and contribute. Brandon Rush will also be starting in place of Harrison Barnes who is returning from an ankle injury.

The Trail Blazers: It looks like a rebuilding process for Portland who's ranked 10th ins the Western Conference. If they're going to want to compete with Golden State, they're going to step up their defensive mind state allowing 105.0 points per 00 possessions. Look out for Damian Lillard who looks to heat up against the Warriors.

Key to the game: Bench support

Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston have been a huge contributing factor off the bench. Mo Speights has seen much improvement as well, especially during crunch time. Shooting Guard Ian Clark has made his presence felt on our roster. His breakout game was in last weeks loss against the Dallas Mavericks where he had 21 points off the bench. He's currently averaging 25.5 minutes per game.

Predictions

  • Draymond Green is making a name for himself around the league. I wouldn't be surprised if he racks up yet another triple double.
  • Are we looking at limited minutes for Stephen Curry who's been having knee issues as of late. If we can rest him, good. If Coach Walton decides to limit his play time I'm sure he'll contribute significant numbers.
  • Splash! Three's... expect a lot of them!

Win prediction:
You never know what to expect in a road game but I feel like Golden State's going to pull a win with this one. Warriors win it by lucky number 7!

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