Golden State (44-4) at Washington (21-25)
When: Wednesday, February 3rd 2016
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: ESPN
The Golden State Warriors wrap up their three-game East Coast trip with a date with the Washington Wizards in the Nation’s Capital. The Warriors almost blew a big lead in Philadelphia on Saturday, but held on for the 108-105 victory. The next night, they easily dispatched the Boston Celtics 116-95 behind Draymond Green’s perfect triple-double. He was 9-for-9 from the floor scoring 20 points along with 10 rebounds and 10 assists and became the first player to go perfect from the field in a triple-double on nine or more shot attempts since Wilt Chamberlain in 1967. While Stephen Curry (29.4 points) is battling his way through a rare shooting slump, Klay Thompson (21.4) has picked up the slack. Thompson erupted for 34 points on 14-of-18 shooting including 5-of-6 from three-point land. Curry is averaging just 16.7 points on 18-of-47 shooting over the last three games. Andrew Bogut was held scoreless for the fourth time this season, but managed to grab 12 rebounds in just 14 minutes of action. The Warriors will return home this weekend to face Oklahoma City and Houston two days later.
The Wizards are having all kinds of problems on defense and right now, they are on the outside of the playoffs – 3 games behind Indiana for the 8th and final spot. Washington was handled in Oklahoma City on Monday 114-98 and now return home to face the top team in the league. The Wizards have lost six of their last eight games overall and have allowed 115 points a game over the last five – four of them losses. They were outhustled and outrebounded by the Thunder 53-27 on Monday. Washington is now second to last in the East in points allowed (105.0), just ahead of the 76ers (105.1). They have been a lot better on offense since the return of Bradley Beal, who contributed 18 points off the bench against Oklahoma City. John Wall, who is third in the league in assists (9.8), has 10 or more dimes in six of his last eight games. The Wizards will get a break from their tough schedule when they host Philadelphia on Friday before embarking on a brief three-game road trip.
Washington’s defense is just not in synch right now and that’s bad news with the Warriors coming to town. Curry should break out of his scoring slump in a big way tonight.
Tonight’s Fantasy Picks: Stephen Curry
Pick: Warriors -10