Apr 5, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (49) goes to put up a shot against the Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley (3) and forward Michael Beasley (0) in the second half at US Airways Center. The Warriors defeated the Suns 111-107. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors and Suns Set for Showdown in the Desert: Game Preview

The Golden State Warriors will be looking to get back on track on as they travel to Phoenix to take on the Suns, which should surely be a gun-slinging showdown in the desert.

The Phoenix Suns have been one of the more surprising teams this season as they have become giant killers in beating some of the top teams in the Western Conference, such as the Oklahoma City Thunder and the top seeded Portland Trail Blazers twice. The Suns are currently sitting at sixth in the standings, so it will truly be a test to for Warriors to gauge where they could possibly end up in the standings once the playoffs come around.

A Warriors’ win will be essential tonight as they need to start making ground up ground up in the conference by beating playoff teams so they can crack the standings before the All-Star break. This will be a shootout for sure as the Suns have an explosive offense that has them ranked 11th in the league with all five of its starters averaging double digit points per game.

Additionally, their offense possesses a true nightmare match up in Eric Bledsoe sparking the offensive front in putting up career numbers this season by averaging 19.2 points, while shooting .493% from the field. Slowing down Bledsoe should be the Warriors number one defensive assignment.

The Warriors should be able to pull out with a win tonight because they match up very well with the Suns. You can look for Klay Thompson to have a big game on the defensive end as he’s more than capable of playing hard nose defense to give the Suns’ guards fits. The Suns’ offensive runs on their guard play so if Thompson and company can stop them, which they should be capable of doing, the Warriors will leave the desert with a win.

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