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Preview: Warriors welcome Pacers to Oakland in clash of playoff teams

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The Warriors welcome back DeMarcus Cousins to the lineup just in time to face the Pacers

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Indiana Pacers Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Game Details

WHO: Golden State Warriors (48-22) vs Indiana Pacers (44-27)

WHEN: Thursday, March 21st, 7:30 PM PST

WHERE: Oracle Arena, home of the dynasty — Oakland, CA

WATCH: NBCSBA

RADIO: 95.7 The Game

Blog buddy: Indy Cornrows

This is a big game between two playoff bound teams with similar color schemes. The Warriors are coming home after a 3-1 outcome on their road trip, while the Pacers have dropped the first three games of their four game road trip.

The Dubs are in a duel for the West’s #1 seed with the upstart Denver Nuggets, while the Pacers are clinging to the fourth seed in the East.

The last time these two teams played, the Pacers were mourning the loss of star guard Victor Oladipo while the Warriors were celebrating the return of monstrous big man, DeMarcus Cousins.

The defending champs are currently ranked #1 in these per game stats: points (117.7), assists (29.2), blocks (6.4) and field goal percentage (48.7%).

If they lock in, their superior star power and home court advantage should power them through over the plucky Pacers. Yet, we’ve seen the Dubs drop games like this. They are 24-10 at home right now, a far cry from that 39-2 domination we witnessed back in the magical 2015-2016. The champs have talked about being more consistent in Oracle Arena, and they’ll have another shot do to do so against Indy.

Per Tony East of 8 Points, 9 seconds:

The Pacers offense looks putrid recently. In the month of March, they have the leagues 28th ranked offense. The ball just won’t go in the net. They seem to have a stretch every single game where they just can’t generate a good shot, and they can’t make anything as a result.

When Indiana’s All-Star hit the floor this season, the Pacers were 25-11. That’s a 57 win pace, which would compete for a top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Of course, without Vic things are going to be much worse. He is the best player on the team. They are 19-17 (43 win pace) when he’s been out with an injury, which I think is actually an impressive figure.

Impressive indeed. Let’s see who pulls out the win tonight!