Lakers vs. Warriors Preview & Prediction

The Golden State Warriors look to continue padding their NBA-best 29-2 home record on Monday when they host the struggling Los Angeles Lakers at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

Golden State have won six of seven, with their lone loss coming in Denver with most of their starters sitting on the bench. Los Angeles, on the other hand, has lost seven of eight and will be coming into the Bay for the second game of a back-to-back.

Projected Starting Lineups

Los Angeles Lakers (17-48)

G Jordan Clarkson – 9.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.4 apg

G Wayne Ellington – 9.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg

F Wesley Johnson – 9.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg

F Jordan Hill – 12.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg

C Tarik Black – 5.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg

Golden State Warriors (21-46)

G Stephen Curry – 23.6 ppg, 7.8 apg, 4.4 rpg, 2.16 spg

G Klay Thompson – 21.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.0 apg

F Harrison Barnes – 10.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg

C Draymond Green – 11.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.62 spg

C Andrew Bogut – 6.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg

What to watch for:

Looking for payback?

The Golden State Warriors' last meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers ended on a sour note, with the Lakers putting a pre-Xmas beatdown on the Dubs at Staples Center, 115-105 on December 23rd. We're not saying that Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are ones to hold grudges, but we do think the Splash Brothers will have a little extra oomph hosting a team that has historically held the throne as the Kings of California.

What happens when great offense meets bad defense?

The Warriors have scored 100 points or more in nine of their last ten games, including a 125-spot in a blowout of the Knicks on Saturday. The Lakers have given up 100 points give up a cringe-inducing 105.3 points a game (28th in the NBA), and even gave up 101 points to those same Knicks in a loss on Thursday.

Uh oh.

Prediction: Warriors win 120-104

Los Angeles will show up for the shootout, but the Golden State Warriors will put on one of those passing clinics on offense that makes Twitter explode in Vines and video uploads. It'll be a fun one to watch, but the Dubs will win this one going away.

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