The Golden State Warriors are putting the pieces together night-by-night, and are finally playing consistently winning basketball under head coach Mark Jackson. The Portland Trailblazers have lost four of their last five, and will be without big man LaMarcus Aldridge once again, leaving the door a bit more open for the W's to earn their fourth straight victory Wednesday evening at Oracle Arena.
The Blazers (15-14) are coming off a troublesome 124-109 home loss to the Washington Wizards last time out, possibly a sign of the state of their team right now. Nevertheless Portland always gives the W's a handful to deal with, though will have to look elsewhere for production with their leading scorer/rebounder on the sideline, likely Nicolas Batum who's coming off a rare start at guard and a career-high 33 points,
David Lee led the W's on Monday with another solid double-double, and with Aldridge out, he should look to get some more targets in the paint, even against Gerald Wallace, who'll be at PF in Aldridge's place. The W's will need some big production out of their front court against all the size Portland possesses.
Also look for Monta Ellis to have a good game as well, held to 2-9 shooting in his last meeting with Portland. And after his poor shooting game Monday, this will hopefully be a 'bounce back' performance from No. 8.
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