After earning two impressive wins in a row, the Warriors will look to make it three straight when they host Kobe Bryant and the Lakers on Wednesday night. A select number of individual tickets are available for the Lakers' final appearance of the season, and fans can also purchase a Lakers Three-Game Pick'em Pack. The contest will tip off at 7:30 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN or CSN Bay Area (HD) and heard on KNBR 1050.
Golden State is looking to end its season on a high note, and a victory over the Lakers would give the team three-straight wins over Western Conference playoff teams. After taking down the Mavericks in a 99-92 win on Saturday, the Warriors hit the road and defeated the Blazers in a 108-87 contest in Portland on Tuesday. Each of the victories saw the Warriors play well on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball, and they will look to continue that trend on Wednesday.
In Tuesday's win, the Warriors received impressive contributions from Monta Ellis, David Lee and Stephen Curry, who combined to outscore the entire Blazers team. Ellis scored 30 points on 11-19 shooting, Lee tallied 29 points and 20 rebounds, and Curry finished with 28 points and eight rebounds. The trio led the way all night and proved how dangerous the Warriors can be when clicking on all cylinders.
In order to defeat the Lakers on Wednesday, the Warriors will need all three of these players to step up again, while also receiving steady contributions from Dorell Wright, Ekpe Udoh and the Golden State bench. The Lakers have won each of the previous three meetings between the teams this year, and they have been the hottest team in the NBA since the All-Star Break, sporting a 17-3 record. WIth Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol leading the way, L.A. has one of the top teams in the league. But as the Warriors have shown time and again, they can compete with any team on any given night.
Following Wednesday's contest, the Warriors will have three days off before hosting the Kings in a Family and Friends contest at Oracle Arena on Sunday, April 10. Golden State will then play in Denver on Monday, April 11, before closing out the season with a Fan Appreciation Night contest against the Trail Blazers on Wednesday, April 13, at Oracle Arena.
Injuries:Warriors - Andris Biedrins (sprained left ankle) and Acie Law (right wrist) are out. Lakers - Devin Ebanks (stress fracture, left tibia) is out. Theo Ratliff (left knee surgery) is questionable. Pau Gasol (bone bruise, right knee) is day-to-day.
At Home: 24-14 On Road: 10-30
VS. West: 19-29 VS. East: 15-15
Won 2 At Home: Won 3 On Road: Won 1
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