GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (50-9)
at WASHINGTON WIZARDS (34-23)
Tip-off: Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. ET
Line: Golden State -7.0, Total: 229.0
The Wizards will be trying to prevent a three-game losing skid when they host the Warriors on Tuesday.
The Warriors might not be on pace to break last yearís win record, but they are probably more than happy with their 50-9 record. Golden State has won four straight games coming into this one, and the team has been outstanding on both ends of the floor. The Warriors have put up 115.8 PPG over the course of their winning streak, and they have allowed just 100.5 PPG as well. Golden State will be hoping for another solid two-way performance on Tuesday, as that is the only way the team will win this one on the road. The Wizards might be on a two-game losing streak, but they are still 24-8 SU and 20-12 ATS when playing at Verizon Center this season. They love to play in front of their fans, and they should have a ton of energy on Tuesday. Golden State will, however, be a confident group out there. The Warriors have won four straight games (2-1-1 ATS) against the Wizards, and that includes two straight (1-0-1 ATS) in Washington. One trend that stands out for Golden State is that the team is 43-22 ATS as a favorite of 3.5 to 9.5 points over the past two seasons. The Wizards, however, are an impressive 24-11 ATS in home games after a game where they failed to cover over the past two seasons.
The Warriors are playing at Verizon Center on Tuesday, and that means that SF Kevin Durant (25.8 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 4.9 APG, 1.7 SPG, 1.1 SPG) is returning home for the evening. Durant played well against Philadelphia on Monday, scoring 27 points on 8-for-17 shooting. He had missed the previous game with a finger injury, but he appeared to be completely fine against the Sixers. Look for Durant to dominate this game against the Wizards on Tuesday, as heíll certainly want to put on a show in front of his friends and family. Also, expect PG Stephen Curry (24.8 PPG, 6.3 APG, 4.3 RPG, 1.7 SPG) to go off as well. Curry was 0-for-11 from the outside against the Sixers on Monday, and that type of performance is not going to happen again. Curry will likely hit a ton of threes in this one, as he is too good of a shooter to have two miserable nights in a row. SG Klay Thompson (22.0 PPG) will be important in this game, though. Thompson must do a good job of guarding Bradley Beal or the Warriors could be in trouble. Fortunately, Thompson is considered one of the stronger defenders in the league at his position and should be up for the task. PF Draymond Green (10.1 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 7.2 APG, 2.1 SPG, 1.4 BPG) will also get after it on the defensive end. He had a good game against Philadelphia (14 points, 11 assists, six boards, five steals) after a dud against Brooklyn (five points on 1-for-10 FG) on Saturday.
If the Wizards are going to beat the Warriors on Tuesday then PG John Wall (22.9 PPG, 10.7 APG, 4.5 RPG, 2.1 SPG) and SG Bradley Beal (22.6 PPG, 1.0 SPG) are going to need to significantly outplay the backcourt of Curry and Thompson. Itís not completely out of the question, though. Wallís size and speed should allow him to have his way with Curry offensively, but heíll need to make sure he doesnít lose focus on the other end. For Beal, things will be very similar. He should be able to get free for plenty of good looks offensively, but he canít afford to leave Thompson open at all. Thompson is capable of getting hotter than anybody in the league, and he must be accounted for at all times. SF Otto Porter (14.3 PPG, 6.7 RPG) and C Marcin Gortat (11.8 PPG, 11.3 RPG) will also be crucial in this game. Porter must continue to knock down threes and play his usual brand of spectacular defense. If he can keep Durant in check then the Wizards could win this one. Gortat, meanwhile, will be going up against a weak frontcourt. If he can play solid defense then he just might be the difference in this game.