Warriors, Lakers Jockey for Playoff Position: Game Preview

Oct 7, 2012; Fresno, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) looks for the ball while being defended by Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) in the first quarter at the Save Mart Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers may not be considered one of the better teams in the NBA, but for the Warriors, that could be the case. These last stretch of games are going to be the hardest for them, facing off against the Lakers, Spurs, and the Blazers (in Portland).

Unfortunately for the Lakers, however, they haven’t yet clinched a playoff spot, and are still looking to attack every team. If the Warriors can win tonight, they may be able to spoil the Lakers’ playoff hopes and upset their Southern California rivals. It’s going to be an interesting game.

For the Dubs, there is a value in winning, as they would like to face the Nuggets in the first round. If they lose and the Rockets win tonight, however, they’ll drop to 7th place, which is pretty much what everyone has been expecting. If the Warriors can yet again shock the NBA and win against the Lakers in LA tonight, they’ll have a firmer grasp on that 6th seed.

Injury Update: Andrew Bogut (sprained left ankle) is not traveling with the team, and Steve Nash (strained right hamstring) is out.

Starting Lineups:

Golden State Warriors (45-34)

PG Stephen Curry

SG Klay Thompson

SF Harrison Barnes

PF David Lee

C Festus Ezeli

Los Angeles Lakers (42-37)

PG Steve Blake

SG Kobe Bryant

SF Earl Clark

PF Pau Gasol

C Dwight Howard

Topics: Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers

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