December 22, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) dunks the ball against Golden State Warriors point guard Jarrett Jack (2) during the overtime quarter at ORACLE Arena. The Lakers defeated the Warriors 118-115 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors Face Lakers in NorCal, SoCal Battle: Game Preview

The Warriors continue their homestand and face the Los Angeles Lakers at Oracle Arena tonight,

This is a huge game for the Warriors, who are competing with the Lakers for one of the final three playoff spots. The Warriors usually do well against the Lakers till the 4th quarter comes, where it’s Kobe time.

Against the Lakers, it’s usually psychological, and the Warriors cannot get over the mental hurtle that the Lakers provide. Can they do it tonight?

Game Predictions:

Matchup to Watch: Thompson vs Bryant

Players to Watch: Curry, Bryant

Leading Scorer: Bryant

Winner: Lakers down the stretch

Probable Lineups:

1. Curry vs Nash

2. Thompson vs Bryant

3. Barnes vs World Peace

4. Lee vs Gasol

5. Bogut vs Howard

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