Feb 24, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3) chases the ball during the second half against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center. The Clippers defeated the Pelicans 123-110. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Preview: Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers

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Golden State Warriors (41-24) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (45-20)

Staples Center (Los Angeles, CA)

7:30 PM Fox Sports Prime Ticket

On Wednesday night at Staples Center the Clippers will host the Warriors in a matchup of Western Conference contenders. Right now the Clippers are slotted as the 4th seed in the West, while the Warriors are the 6th seed. Both teams are on fire as the Clippers are on a season long eight game winning streak and the Warriors have won five straight contest themselves.

With playoff implications on the line and a bit of bad blood between the two teams this figures to be a fantastic game between potential playoff opponents. The Warriors are quickly ascending up the conference standings and can easily pass the Portland Trail Blazers to take over the 5th seed in the West. If the Clippers hold the 4th seed in the West it would mean that the Warriors and Clippers would match up in the first round. That fact is not lost on these two teams and one would have to believe that these teams are going to come out battling tonight and will try to send a message to their opponent and the rest of the conference.

The Clippers have taken down the Warriors in 6 of their last 8 match ups at Staples Center; however, the Warriors have taken 7 out of the last 10 overall. A couple of injury notes: Jamal Crawford will not play tonight again and probably won’t play for another couple of games. Jared Dudley and Chris Paul, both of whom are nursing minor injuries, will play tonight. Darren Collison will once again start at shooting guard for the Clippers and will continue to do so until Crawford or J.J. Redick is healthy enough to play.

 Prediction: Clippers 107 – Warriors 103 

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