The NBA is set up with a solid slate of basketball on April 21. Twelve games are up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these matchups will be between the Golden State Warriors and the Washington Wizards. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.
Golden State has earned a record of 29-29 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in ninth place of the Western Conference. The Warriors are only two wins back on the seventh seed. Golden State will look to move up in the standings with a big win in this one. The Warriors are coming off a win in their last game and have won five of their last six.
The Wizards have put up a record of 24-33 throughout this season, which has them tied for the tenth seed in the Eastern Conference. Washington is two games back on the ninth seed and will look to take control of the tenth seed with a win in this one. The Wizards have won five games in a row and seven of their last eight. Washington will look to keep up their winning streak on Wednesday night.
These two teams are right in the mix for a playoff spot as the season gets closer to a close. The Warriors are in a playoff spot right now, while Washington is right outside of the playoffs. Both teams have been hot as of late and will look to keep it up in this one. If either team can come out quickly on Wednesday night, it could be enough to hold on for a win.
The Warriors and Wizards met up twice throughout last season. Washington hosted the first game on February 3. Bradley Beal dropped 43 points, while Davis Bertans scored 19 points off the bench. It was not enough. Alec Burks put up 30 points off the bench for the Warriors. Glenn Robinson added 22 points as Golden State earned a 125-117 win on the road.
The second game of the season series on March 1 in Golden State. Andrew Wiggins finished with 27 points for the Warriors, but it was not enough for the Warriors. Bradley Beal dropped 34 points and 8 assists, while Davis Bertans put up 29 points off the bench. The Wizards were able to earn a big 124-110 win to tie up the season series.
Golden State hosted the first game of this season’s series on April 9. Stephen Curry dropped 32 points, while Kelly Oubre finished with 23 points on the night. The Warriors came up short again though. Rui Hachimura finished with 22 points. Russell Westbrook scored 19 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists to lift the Wizards to a 110-107 win on the road.
The Wizards have won two straight games against Golden State and will look to sweep this season’s series with a win on Wednesday night. The Warriors will need to slow down Westbrook in this one as he continues to rack up the triple doubles. Both teams will look for their stars to lead the way early to try and grab a big win in this one.
Field Goal Shooting
The Warriors have been solid shooting the ball throughout this season. Golden State has made around 46.6 percent of their shots from the field, which is 17th in the NBA. The Warriors have been shooting 37.3 percent from deep, which is 12th in the league. Golden State has sunk 77.9 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 13th in the NBA.
Washington has struggled a bit shooting the ball this season. The Wizards have shot around 47 percent from the field, which is 12th in the league. Washington has drained 34.5 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 28th in the NBA. The Wizards have made around 75.5 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 24th in the league.
Golden State has been the better team shooting the ball throughout this season. The Warriors have also been better on defense so far this season. Washington has allowed opposing teams to shoot 47.1 percent from the field, which is 20th in the NBA. Golden State has held their opponents to a 45.6 percent from the field, which is 6th in the league.
Stephen Curry has been great throughout this season to lead Golden State. Curry has averaged 31.5 points and 6 assists per game. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 18 points per game for the Warriors. Kelly Oubre Jr. has averaged 15 points, while Jordan Poole is averaging 10.5 points per game to help round out this lineup.
Bradley Beal has been great for the Wizards so far this season. Beal is averaging 31 points per game throughout this season. Russell Westbrook has averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists per game. Davis Bertans and Daniel Gafford are both averaging 11.5 points per game throughout this season to round out the lineup.
These two teams have relied heavily on the top part of their lineup to lead them. The Warriors are without Eric Paschall and James Wiseman. Washington is missing Thomas Bryant and Rui Hachimura in this one, which hurts them. Both teams will need some players to step up in this one if they want to earn a much needed win.
The Wizards were able to earn a solid win against Golden State a few weeks ago and will look to take a win in this one as well. Washington has been on a hot streak as of late, but I think the Warriors will end their winning streak on Wednesday night. Golden State has been better shooting and defending this season and I think they will use that to their advantage in this one.
BetOnline has the Warriors listed as a -2 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to Golden State on the road. I agree with this lineup as the Warriors have been better throughout this season. Golden State will look to come out fast after losing to Washington earlier in the season. I like the Warriors against the spread in this one.