Tip-Off: 7 PM (ET)
Location: Verizon Center – Washington, D.C.
TV: CSN / NBA League Pass
Tuesday night, the Golden State Warriors face up against the Washington Wizards in our nation’s capital and are going up against a team that’s not so much banged up physically as they are in spirit. The Wizards are in that state of mind right now because not very long ago they were in second place in the Eastern Conference standings. With a little shift in momentum they dropped down to third, then fourth, and then now where they currently rest in fifth.
With the fall from grace, the Raptors, Bulls, and Cavaliers have all been able to move past the wiz kids.
But not so fast.
The Warriors are playing tonight’s game without All-Star Stephen Curry in the lineup as he nurses a foot injury that’s more soreness than anything else. Curry also missed the Warriors’ first game since the All-Star break which was a loss to the Indiana Pacers on the road and a contest in which the lack of offensive dynamite really showed–especially in the latter phases.
The Warriors scored only one bucket in the last five minutes of the game in Indiana and hope that the same does not happen to them when going up against the Wizards.
One other interesting side note heading into Tuesday’s action is that the Memphis Grizzlies were able to knock off the Los Angeles Clippers last night–another showcase of how bad even one injury affects the West (Blake Griffin of the Clippers was out)–and this moved the Grizzlies one game closer to the Warriors for the first overall spot in the Western Conference.
Since neither team can afford a loss, even this early into the second half of the season, the different type of offensive and defensive tempos that will be clashing will make for a great battle.
Prediction: Warriors 93, Wizards 94