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Warriors Finish Road Trip in Atlanta: Game Preview

Well we’ve come to this. The Warriors’ final road game. Thank God it’s almost over. I think it’s safe to say that the Warriors, after a pretty successful roadtrip would love to finish it off strong, and return to happy faces. A 6-1 roadtrip would be magical for the Warriors, especially the way their management has been. Many were predicting a 4-3 record, but the Warriors have proved wrong and won the first five. If they can finish this trip off in Atlanta, strong, the Warriors will be in good shape.

To think about… If the Grizzlies lose and the Warriors win, the Warriors have more of a chance to catch the Grizzlies for that 4th seed. Looking pretty good?

The Warriors come into Atlanta looking strong, despite a humbling loss to the Orlando Magic. Nevertheless, they are faced with a huge challenge with the Hawks, who are in competition with the Miami Heat for the division title. Lead by Jeff Teague and Josh Smith, the Hawks weren’t reported to be in contention for the playoffs this year, but with the addition of Lou Williams, they’re more than ready.

Last time the Warriors played the Hawks, it just seemed like the kind of game they would win, but this time it seems as if the Hawks have an upper hand. Josh Smith had 10 rebounds and 16 points, while Lou Williams had 18 points, shooting 3/8 on three pointers. Kyle Korver also got going early, and that kept the Hawks in the game.

The Warriors’ keys to the game are to keep Atlanta off the glass and run them off the three point line. With Williams, Devin Harris, and Kyle Korver leaking on the perimeter, the Hawks are set from distance. With Josh Smith and Al Horford on the inside, the Warriors have their hands full.

Game Predictions:

Matchup to Watch: David Lee vs Josh Smith

Players to Watch: Josh Smith, Kyle Korver, Stephen Curry

Leading Scorer: Josh Smith 25, 10 rebounds

Probable Lineups:

1. Stephen Curry vs Jeff Teague

2. Klay Thompson vs Kyle Korver

3. Harrison Barnes vs Deshawn Stevenson

4. David Lee vs Josh Smith

5. Festus Ezeli vs Al Horford

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