Wizards Need Big Effort to Hang With Warriors on Wednesday

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 5:41 PM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 5:41 PM UTC

The Washington Wizards will try to even their record and hand the Golden State Warriors a second defeat when the teams meet Wednesday night. Let's find ways to cash in with your NBA picks.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/washington-wizards-vs-golden-state-warriors-3569477/odds/" title="Game Odds">Washington at Golden State</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Wednesday, 10:35 p.m. ET</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free NBA Pick: Washington ATS</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4643&amp;book=GT Bets" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">GT Bets</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3569477, "sportsbooksIds":[1602,1096,19,999991,93], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>It is the second stop for Washington (1-2 SU &amp; ATS) on their five-game road trip, which started out west and will conclude in Memphis on Oct. 30. The Wizards are starting this season much like they ended last year's, by finding ways to lose more often than not.</p><p>In losing in close one-point and four-point contests to Miami and Toronto, respectively, Washington lost because they were whipped on the boards. Against the Heat it was -19 on the glass and -14 versus the Raptors. In beating Portland on Monday in OT, the Wizards held a +1 edge. They cannot beat Golden State with staying close on the boards.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;That 🐼 feeling the morning after a win &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/DCFamily?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#DCFamily&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/tWzCsiWjtJ\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/tWzCsiWjtJ&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/RealDealBeal23/status/1054763271818014721?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;October 23, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>Golden State is 3-1 and 1-3 ATS and has played disinterested as expected to start the season. The <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" target="_blank" title="Live NBA Odds Board">NBA odds</a> opened with the Warriors -9 home favorites for Wednesday's game.</p><p> </p><h2>Washington Needs Max Team Effort</h2><p>It way too early in the season to even think about panicking. Still, Washington does not have center Dwight Howard for this road excursion, which is the main reason why they are struggling so mightily on the glass.</p><p>Though Golden State is not at their best, that does not mean Washington can go through the motions themselves. The Wizards have started the year receiving over 51 total points from their outstanding guard tandem of John Wall and Bradley Beal. Newly acquired Austin Rivers has fit in nicely thus far, but these three have to do more in hunting errant shots to help the forwards and centers.</p><p>For the Wizards to compete, they have to out-work the Warriors and be efficient at the same time.</p><p> </p><h2>Kerr Not Happy With Warriors</h2><p>Steve Kerr did not come to Golden State by accident. When he decided to get into coaching with no previous head coaching experience, he followed the Phil Jackson model: go with the team that has the most talent and try to push them.</p><p>Kerr knew last year and again this season that motivation would be an issue during the regular season. The Warriors have trailed or had a smaller-than-expected lead headed into the fourth quarter of their first three contests and won the final minutes each time, though they lost by two points at Denver. For Kerr and his team, it's about getting the effort before the fourth quarter, instead of having to come from behind continually. The Warriors did this on Monday and built a 23-point halftime lead and won by 20.</p><p>Against Washington, for Kerr, it's about playing the mind games to convince them to go hard early and bury the Wizards and being able to let the subs play late in the contest with a big lead.</p><p> </p><h2>The Outcome</h2><p>Washington would appear to be at a disadvantage because they are 2-10 ATS on the road of late and 2-8 ATS if they face a team with a winning home record on the season. However, they have gotten up for Golden State games and are 4-1 ATS.</p><p>For <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/" title="Free NBA Picks">NBA picks</a>, on the presumption Golden State continues its cavalier ways, let's grab the points with the Wizards and hope they can pull a rabbit out of their hat.</p>
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