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Long Winning Streaks on the Line as Warriors Visit Blazers

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    Long winning streaks on the line as Warriors visit Blazers

    Being battered and bruised won't keep the Warriors from seeking a measure of revenge as well as their eighth consecutive victory Friday night when they face the Trail Blazers in Portland.

    Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6 o'clock, with tipoff scheduled for 7:05.

    The Warriors (51-14) will enter Moda Center without Stephen Curry, Jordan Bell and Pat McCaw. It's possible they'll also be without Andre Iguodala or David West.

    The Blazers (39-26) also are on a roll, having won eight in a row -- a streak that began with a 123-117 win over the Warriors on Valentine's Day in Portland.

    BETTING LINE

    Warriors by 4

    MATCHUP TO WATCH

    Klay Thompson vs. Damian Lillard: Thompson has spent many games chasing Lillard, who is one of the hottest players in the league, averaging 33.1 ppg during Portland's win streak and 35.4 ppg over the last 10 games. Thompson is coming off a poor shooting night (13 points, 5-of-16 shooting) and usually recovers well. The Warriors would be thrilled if he puts up numbers similar to Lillard, no matter what those numbers are.

    INJURY REPORT

    Warriors: F Andre Iguodala (L wrist sprain), F/C David West (R arm cyst), F/C Jordan Bell (L ankle sprain), G Stephen Curry (R ankle tweak) and G Pat McCaw (L wrist fracture) are listed as out.

    Blazers: F Maurice Harkless (L knee soreness) is listed as probable.

    LAST 10

    Warriors: 9-1.

    Blazers: 9-1.

    GAME OFFICIALS

    Jason Phillips (crew chief), Josh Tiven, Scott Twardoski

    SERIES HISTORY

    The teams split the first two of three games this season, with the Warriors posting a 111-104 win on Dec. 11 in Oakland and the Blazers claiming a 123-117 victory on Feb. 14 in Portland. The Warriors have won seven of the last eight meetings and are 11-2 against the Blazers in the Steve Kerr era.

    THREE THINGS TO WATCH

    THE STEPH VACUUM: Without Curry, whose presence generates dynamic movement all over the court, the Warriors are a less magical offensive team. They're a different team, particularly on offense. There will be more pick-and-roll action and they'll have to utilize more ball movement.

    BRING THE D: When Curry missed 11 games in December, the Warriors responded by winning seven straight and going 9-2 overall. They posted an NBA-best 98.7 defensive rating during that stretch (while the offense, at 105.9, slid to 17th. They'll need to bring defensive intensity from the opening tip.

    KD TIME: In his last game the Blazers, Kevin Durant lit them up for 50. Portland had no defensive answer then and still doesn't. If Durant gets going early, he could generate enough offense to keep the Warriors with a Portland team averaging 110 ppg during its win streak.