Dec 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic (1) lays up the ball against the Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and center Andrew Bogut (12) in the second half at US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Warriors 106-102. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Suns travel to Oakland to take on Golden State Warriors


This is a big game. Phoenix can sense the magnitude of this game as the Suns travel to Oakland to take on Golden State.

The Warriors sit in sixth-place out West, a full two games ahead of the Suns. Phoenix has already won two of the three games between these teams so far this season, but the Suns need this victory to ensure the tie breaker. The Suns really need to surpass Golden State to have any decent chance to get to the second round of the playoffs. That is because failing to get to the sixth seed or higher means they’ll have to face the formidable San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Key Matchup:

Goran Dragic versus Stephen Curry. While it is the “easiest” matchup choice, it will be very influential to determining who comes out victorious. If the Dragon can pressure Curry into bad shots and/or long, contested twos his impact on the game will be severely lessened. Dragic needs to back Curry down in the post to overpower the smaller and skinnier Curry and get him in foul trouble.

What the Suns offense needs to focus on:

The reserves for Golden State haven’t played too well over the course of the season, but that has changed a bit recently. Still, the Suns bench players should be able to take advantage of Golden State’s bench.

What the Suns defense needs to watch out for:

They’ve got to run everyone off the three-point line, while also keeping Andrew Bogut and David Lee out of the paint and off the offensive boards.

Prediction:

Suns win 110-108

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