Bill Simmons talks Dubs' playoff chances if they beat Lakers

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The eyes of the whole basketball world will be on Staples Center on Wednesday night.

It's Steph Curry and the No. 8 seed Warriors taking on LeBron James and the No. 7 seed Los Angeles Lakers in the play-in tournament.

On the most recent episode of The Bill Simmons Podcast, the following back-and-forth took place between Simmons and Ryen Russillo:

Simmons: "Is it realistic to you that they could beat the Lakers in a play-in game?"

Russillo: "No. Not with their front line. I don't really see it ... in a one-game [scenario], I would never doubt Curry. But there's just not enough secondary scoring. There just isn't. For a playoff game -- like a series? You're not talking upsetting someone in the first round, are you?"

Simmons: "I think if they can beat the Lakers, I do think they can beat the [Phoenix] Suns in a series. I don't know if I would bet on it. But I do think they could hang with them and potentially beat them. I think [the] Utah [Jazz] would be a taller task. Utah, they're not beating I don't think."

If the Warriors upset the Lakers, they would face the Suns in the first round of the playoffs.

And Golden State did knock off Phoenix last Tuesday at Chase Center.

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If the Warriors lose to the Lakers, they will play on Friday at Chase Center against the winner of the matchup between the Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs. And if the Dubs take care of business in that win-or-go-home game, they would take on the Jazz in a seven-game series.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. All attention should be on Wednesday's game in LA.

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