Monday night’s contest at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California could very well be the best matchup of the 10-game docket. The Golden State Warriors, currently sitting in the sixth spot in the Western Conference standings with a solid 26-16 record, will play host to the Indiana Pacers, who bring in a league-best 32-7 mark. It would be jumping the gun to mention a possible Finals preview, but the potential is present.
This bout will certainly not be lacking in star power. The Warriors feature a blistering backcourt duo comprised of Stephen Curry, undoubtedly one of the best all-around players in the entire NBA, and sharpshooter Klay Thompson. In addition to the combo at guard, veteran forwards David Lee and Andre Iguodala have each been members of All-Star rosters in their respective careers.
Obviously, the Pacers carry a plethora of talent. Fourth-year swingman Paul George must be the first player mentioned when breaking down head coach Frank Vogel’s rotation. The 23-year-old MVP candidate is putting together an absolutely incredible season. With averages of 23.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game, he more than leads the way for Indiana. However, George’s wingman Lance Stephenson is enjoying quite a breakout effort of his own in 2013-14, which includes a league-leading three triple-doubles in 38 games.
The determining factor in this talent showcase could very well end up being the battle of the big men. Both squads have towering seven-footers that are more than capable of controlling matters in the paint. Indiana’s Roy Hibbert and Golden State’s Andrew Bogut are very likely to be at war from beginning to end. To say the least, this one should be very entertaining.