The NBA is set up with a great slate of basketball on April 9. Nine games are up on the board throughout Friday night. One of these matchups will be between the Washington Wizards and the Golden State Warriors. These two teams have struggled a bit this season, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 10:00 PM Eastern time.
The Wizards have put up a record of 18-32 throughout this season, which has them sitting in thirteenth place of the Eastern Conference. Washington is coming off a win in their last game, which ended a four game losing streak. The Wizards are four wins out of a playoff spot and will look to move up with a win in this one.
Golden State has earned a record of 24-27 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in tenth place of the Western Conference. The Warriors have a two game lead on the Pelicans and Kings in the race for the tenth seed. Golden State won their last game, but have lost seven of their last nine. The Warriors will look to build on their last win in this one.
These two teams have both struggled a bit throughout this season, but neither team is out of the playoff race. The Warriors are currently in the final playoff spot in the West, while Washington is a few games out of the East tenth seed. Both teams will look to get off to a fast start in this one as they need a big win on Friday night.
The Wizards and the Warriors met up two times throughout last season. Washington hosted the first game on February 3. Bradley Beal dropped 43 points on the night, while Davis Bertans put up 19 points off the bench. It was not enough though. Alec Burks scored 30 points off the bench, while Glenn Robinson added 22 points. Golden State was able to hold on for a 125-117 win.
Golden State hosted the second game of the season series on March 1. Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points, while Eric Paschall, Mychal Mulder and Jordan Poole all scored 17 points off the bench. The Warriors came up short though. Bradley Beal put up 34 points and 8 assists. Davis Bertans dropped 29 points off the bench as the Wizards earned a 124-110 win on the road.
These two teams split the season series last season, with each team winning on the road. The Warriors were without Steph Curry throughout that season series and they will look for that to give them the edge in this one. Washington will look to come out fast again on the road though as they try to knock off Golden State in this one.
Field Goal Shooting
Washington has not been great shooting the ball throughout this season. The Wizards have been able to make around 46.6 percent of their shots from the field, which is 16th in the league. Washington is shooting 34.7 percent from deep, which is 27th in the NBA. The Wizards have also drained around 76 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 23rd in the league.
The Warriors have been solid this season shooting from the field. Golden State has been shooting around 46.1 percent from the field, which is 18th in the NBA. The Warriors have been able to shoot 36.8 percent from behind the arc, which is 15th in the league. Golden State has sunk 52.9 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 15th in the NBA.
Golden State has been a bit better throughout this season shooting the ball. The Warriors have been better on defense this season. Golden State has held their opponents to a 45.6 percent from the field, which is 8th in the league. The Wizards have allowed opposing teams to shoot 47.2 percent from the field, which is 23rd in the NBA.
Bradley Beal has been strong for the Wizards throughout this season. Beal is averaging 31 points per game. Russell Westbrook has averaged 22 points, 10.5 rebounds and 10.5 assists per game. Rui Hachimura is averaging 14 points per game. Daniel Gafford has averaged 12 points in his first two games with Washington. Davis Bertans is averaging 11.5 points to help round out the lineup.
Stephen Curry has been the leader for Golden State so far this season. Curry has averaged 29.5 points and 6 assists per game. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 18 points per game. Kelly Oubre Jr. has averaged 15 points per game, while James Wiseman is averaging 11.5 points per game in his rookie season. Jordan Poole helps round out the lineup, averaging 10.5 points per game.
These two teams have had similar spreads of scoring throughout this season. Beal and Westbrook have helped lead this Washington team. Curry has been dominant for the Warriors so far this season. Golden State has continued to struggle a bit with Klay Thompson still out. The Warriors will look for some players to step up again in this one as they try to knock off the Wizards.
Golden State and Washington have been inconsistent throughout this season, but they both need a big win in this one. Both teams are coming off a win in their last game and will look to keep it up in this one. The Warriors have been better shooting the ball and have held teams to a lower shooting percentage, which I think will give them the edge in this one.
BetOnline has Golden State listed as a -5 against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to the Warriors at home. I think that this line makes sense with Golden State sitting in a playoff spot and the Wizards outside of one. I like the Warriors to get going quickly in this one, which will help them cover this spread. The value on Golden State in this one makes them a great pick.