Warriors and Spurs prepared for Western Conference shoot out

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The Golden State Warriors lead the Western Conference with a 46-21 record, but are just 5-5 over their last ten. They head to San Antonio with a 22-11 mark on the road, facing the Spurs who are 40-29 and 27-7 at home. The teams have split the two game this season with the Warriors winning by 29 at home the last meeting

Examining the teams statistically, the Warriors lead the league in scoring and are third in three-point shooting efficency. THe are also among the top ten in rebounding, but are mediocre on the boards and in turnovers. The Spurs are unimpressive in total scoring, defense and just 22nd in rebounding. They stay in game by making the most of their possessions, ranked 1st in fewest turnovers. Three-point shooting is a key component to their game, leading the NBA in three-point percentage.

Golden State is lead by the trio of Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, averaging a cominbed 78 points per game. Curry and Thompson often devastate opponents from beyond the arc, knocking down 42 percent. Veteran center DeMarcus Cousins adds 15.8 points and 7.9 rebounds, while Draymond Green leads the team in assists with seven and hauls in 7.4 rebounds.  The bench is solid, but clearly the strength is the best starting unit in the NBA.

San Antonio has several players who can hurt the Warriors from beyond the arc. Davis Bertans connects on 46 percent from long range, whle Rudy Gay and Bryn Forbes hit more than 40 percent. Add in Marco Belinelli (38 percent) and Patty Mills (39 percent) and the Spurs can be difficult to defend on the perimeter. Their main scorers, however, are DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge, averaging a combined 43 points per game. Aldridge also leads the team in rebounding at nine per contest.

The Spurs have a legitimate shot at home if they can knock down their three's and keep the Warriors from doing the same. That's a tall order and Golden State is likely to start a run to get into playoff mode with just a few weeks left in the regular season. Look for the Warriors to win in an exciting, close game.

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