The Washington Wizards (5-22) travel to face off against the Golden State Warriors (13-14) on Friday, December 22nd. This game will be played at Chase Center. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 10:00 ET.
Wizards vs Warriors
The Wizards Are Coming Off A Win
Most recently, the Wizards bested the Trail Blazers with a score of 118-117. The Wizards entered the game as the underdogs by +4, resulting in both a straight-up and ATS win. Regarding the over/under, the combined score of 235 points ended up below the over/under line of 239.
In the Wizards’ last ten games, they have a record of 2-8 and come into today’s game vs. the Warriors with an overall record of 5-22. When you break it down, the Wizards are 3-18 vs. Eastern Conference teams and 2-4 in non-conference games.
Washington’s ATS record is currently below .500 at 13-14 for the season. When playing on the road, the Wizards hold an ATS record of 11-6 in contrast to a 2-8 record against the spread when playing at home.
The Warriors Are Coming Off A Win
The Warriors picked up a win over the Celtics in their latest game, finishing with a score of 132-126. Before the game, the Warriors were the underdogs with a +4.5 point advantage, securing both a straight-up and ATS victory. The over/under line for this matchup was set at 233.5 points, and the teams managed to exceed that total.
In their quest to beat the Wizards, the Warriors have a record of 13-14 which is below .500. When playing against Western Conference teams, the Warriors are 10-12 and are 3-2 in non-conference games.
Golden State arrives with an ATS record of 11-15 for the season up to this point. Golden State has covered the spread in two consecutive home games, while maintaining an ATS record of 3-9 at home as opposed to 8-6 on the road.
Wizards Offense Breakdown
The Wizards come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 117 points per game (9th). When looking at the Wizards pace of play, they tend to play an up-tempo style of basketball. So far, the team is in the upper half of the NBA in possessions per game, averaging 103.3. Heading into the game, the Wizards will look to continue with their formula of playing fast and getting to the basket, as they are near the top of the league in two-point fields made per game.
Warriors Offense Breakdown
The Golden State offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 11th ranked offense at 116.5 points per game. The Warriors come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 15 made 3’s per game. In addition to their strong outside shooting numbers, the team is playing at one of the fastest paces in the NBA, averaging 99.8 possessions per contest.
Wizards Team Defense
At this time, the Wizards’ defense is positioned 30 in the NBA, permitting 126.5 points per game.
On two point field goal attempts, the Wizards’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 57.7% and allowing 36.9% from beyond the arc.
Warriors Team Defense
The Warriors’ defense is presently ranked 20 in the league, allowing an average of 116.0 points per contest.
Opponents are hitting 53.9% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 35.0% of their three-point attempts.
Key Players For The Wizards And Warriors
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Kyle Kuzma will be the primary scorer for the Wizards, with 20 points and going 7/15 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 23.6 points per game, in addition to 6.1 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Stephen Curry to be the top scorer for the Warriors. Our projection has him finishing the game with 19, and he is expected to secure 4 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 46.4% and is averaging 28.2 points per contest.
Wizards vs Warriors Trends
- Across their last five road contests, Washington has a 3-2 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-4, while averaging 111 points per game.
- Through their last three home contests, the Warriors offense has averaged 115 points per game while allowing an average of 118. Golden State posted an overall record of 1-2 while going 0-3 ATS.
- Through their last five games as the betting underdog, the Wizards have a strong record vs the spread going 4-1. Their straight up mark in these contests is 2-3.
- In their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Warriors have a straight up record of 6-4 and an ATS mark of 2-8.
As the underdogs with a spread of +12.5, we recommend going with the Wizards on the point spread. We not only see them covering the spread but also have a strong likelihood of winning this one outright, especially if you’re seeking a higher payout on the moneyline.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 248, and our model predicts the Wizards and Warriors to score a combined 223 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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