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Game preview: Warriors face Mavericks in “Texas Showdown”, Part 1

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The Warriors begin a back to back 2-game road trip that takes them to Dallas followed by San Antonio. Can the Warriors steal a win at both Texas hot spots? Let’s find out Dub Nation!

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Tip-off: 5:30pm PST
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
TV: CSN Bay Area, NBA TV
Radio: KNBR 680
Blog Buddy: www.mavsmoneyball.com

Team Overviews

The Warriors are 61-6 and it doesn't look like anything is stopping them from breaking that Chicago Bulls 1995-96 record of 72 wins. Golden State is also 9-1 within the last 10 games and enjoying a 6 game win streak since their embarrassing loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on March 6th. If the Warriors can sneak a win tonight, their big test will be against San Antonio tomorrow.

The Mavericks are struggling on the defensive end right now. In the past 11 games, they're allowing teams to score a whopping 109.8 points per game. They've got a strong front court with Dirk Nowitzki and David Lee racking up the points offensively. They're going to need to work on their defense to compete with Golden State. The Mavs are tied with the Rockets for the West's last two playoff spots,

Key to the game: Take it one game at a time.

I'm sure if you ask anyone in the league, back to back games are tough. Especially if the San Antonio Spurs are one of your opponents. It's best not to worry about San Antonio until we've faced the Mavericks tonight. Anything is bound to happen on this road trip.

Highlight Predictions:

- Splash Brothers time! Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 53 points Wednesday night against the Knicks. A repeat performance to kick off this road trip would challenge Dallas on their defensive end. Curry fans in Dallas are going to be in for a treat if he goes off on the 3-point line.

- Andrew Bogut. I just gotta say, I'd love to see another 3-pointer from the big Aussie! It was quite the surprise Monday night against the Pelicans!

- Marreese Speights. With key injuries on our roster, Mo' Buckets has delivered every time his numbers been called. He dropped 25 points last Saturday against Phoenix, 14 points this past Monday against New Orleans and another 13 points on Wednesday against New York. Speights needs to keep this momentum going versus both Dallas and San Antonio.

- Bench performance on the road. Rotation is going to be key to keep these guys fresh for Saturdays big match up. With Dallas struggling defensively, if our starting 5 can push a strong lead, fingers crossed that our bench can close out this game on the road. Guys like Ian Clark and James McAdoo have looked real good in garbage time minutes, well deserving of their playtime.

Win Prediction: I'd like to see Golden State take a win going into San Antonio with some motivation! Dubs take it 119-108.

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