Mar 25, 2012; Portland, OR, USAGolden State Warriors power forward David Lee (10) drives past Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (left) at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-US PRESSWIRE

Warriors Start Crucial Stretch by Hosting Portland: Game Preview

After this game against the Blazers, which is crucial, the Warriors start the longest stretch of the season, which will really test if they’re for real or not.

They’re set to take on teams like the Spurs and the Heat. This Portland game will be influential for the Warriors: gaining confidence before going into the stretch of games that could put jeopardize their playoff chances.

In the preseason against the Blazers, the Warriors, despite the loss of Curry, were able to play Damian Lillard pretty well, eventually resulting in a win. Who knows?

Lillard is frontrunner for the Rookie of the Year award, and he’s improved the WHOLE Blazer franchise. It looks like he’s coming back strong and looking to matchup with another top point guard – Stephen Curry. David Lee is also given the chance to go head-to-head with LaMarcus Aldrige, a rival power forward.

Game Predictions:

Matchup to Watch: Stephen Curry vs Damian Lillard, David Lee vs Lamarcus Aldridge

Players to Watch: Klay Thompson, David Lee, JJ Hickson

Leading Scorer: Damian Lillard 29

Winner: Warriors by 6

Probable Lineups:

1. Stephen Curry vs Damian Lillard

2. Klay Thompson vs Wesley Matthews

3. Harrison Barnes vs Nicolas Batum

4. David Lee vs LaMarcus Aldridge

5. Festus Ezeli vs JJ Hickson

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