January 2, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3, front left) fights for the ball with Golden State Warriors point guard Jarrett Jack (2) during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Clippers 115-94. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors Face Clippers Again In LA: Game Preview

Warrior fans were a bit nervous about playing the Clippers three times in the next couple of weeks. After the game on January 2nd, however, I’m sure those feelings of doubt have vanished. The Warriors, after beating the Clippers by 21, are more than ready to face them again. Although the Clippers were without Caron Butler, they still pose a huge challenge to their opponents.

Tonight, the Warriors may be without Jarrett Jack, who sustained an elbow injury during practice. He missed this morning’s shoot-around. Nevertheless, he wasn’t a huge factor in the Warriors’ win over the Clippers on Wednesday. Someone like Klay Thompson or Harrison Barnes will really have to step up their scoring to compensate for the lack of the 6th man. Landry will also have to score off the bench. Luckily for the Warriors, Jamal Crawford may als0 be out tonight, but it’s not likely.

The Warriors face a road challenge tonight, but towards the beginning of the season, they gave the Clippers their first loss of the season. The Warriors lead most of the game and never relinquished the lead. The Clippers, however, still remember that and are going to remember that tonight. Should be another fun one.

Game Predictions:

Matchup to Watch: David Lee vs Blake Griffin

Players to Watch: Chris Paul, Klay Thompson, Caron Butler

Leading Scorer: David Lee 27, 13 rebounds

Winner: Warriors by 3 or less

Lineup Predictions:

1. Stephen Curry vs Chris Paul

2. Klay Thompson vs Willie Green

3. Harrison Barnes vs Caron Butler

4. David Lee vs Blake Griffin/DeAndre Jordan

5. Festus Ezeli vs DeAndre Jordan/Blake Griffin

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