The 10:30 PM (ET) contest at Oracle Arena pits a pair of teams currently sitting sixth in their respective conference standings, though they're five games apart when stacked against each other. Each team has gone a pedestrian 5-5 in their last 10 contests, with Washington looking to level its overall record while Golden State is hoping to climb 10 games above .500.
Golden State started as 8 point chalk with 206 for the total, and SBR's live NBA odds show the spread at 8.5 now while the total has dropped a half-point.
It's the last time the Wizards and Warriors meet this season, assuming they don't square off in the NBA Finals. Golden State is shooting for its seventh straight victory over Washington after a 112-96 decision in the nation's capital about three weeks ago. The Warriors used a big third quarter to easily cover the 3 point spread, their third cover in the last four meetings, and the contest slid past a 200.5 point total for the third 'over' in the last four clashes. The last time the Wizards left Oakland with a dubya was a little more than four years ago when they topped Golden State 118-109 as 3 point underdogs.
Wizards Continue 4-Game Trip Out West
Washington (21-22 straight up, 21-21-1 against the spread) slid just below .500 Sunday at Utah where the Jazz rallied from a 13-point hole in the first half to post a 104-101 triumph. John Wall's long 3-point attempt at the buzzer missed, and Wizard backers also just missed the cover getting two points, letting sportsbooks cash in on a close one.
That was the second contest in this 4-game Western Conference swing for the Wizards who began the journey with a 101-95 upset at Phoenix as 4-point underdogs. Washington is even on the road this season at 11-11 (14-8 ATS), but enters Tuesday's tilt with just one cover in its last six games overall.
Randy Wittman, in his first full season as head coach, has six players averaging double-digits per game, led by Wall's 20.0 PPG. Wall is also fourth in the NBA dishing out 8.5 assists per contest. The Wizards rank in the middle of the NBA in overall field goal shooting (44.9%), but are in the top 5 connecting on 38% of their 3-pointers.
Washington continues to play without forward Al Harrington who has been out of action since mid-November due to complications with his right knee following offseason surgery. A second minor surgery in early December was supposed to have him back in action four weeks later, but as of yet, there's no timetable for his return.
Warriors Hope Recent Home Struggles Behind Them
Since first climbing to a season-high 11 games over .500 earlier this month, Golden State (27-18 SU, 21-23-1 ATS) has fallen into a bit of a rut with five setbacks in the last eight contests. Probably most perplexing to head coach Mark Jackson is his team's sudden slump at home where the Warriors stopped a 3-game losing streak at Oracle Arena with Sunday's 103-88 victory over Portland.
Defense had been a problem during the recent slump, including three losses in the last week-&-a-half in which the Warriors allowed three teams to score 121+. But they locked down on the Trail Blazers who lead the NBA averaging 109 points per game, yet could only muster a 28 field goals vs. Golden State while shooting a season-worst 33.7%.
Stephen Curry had no trouble scoring on Portland, netting 38 to tie his season-high. Curry leads the Warriors in scoring (24.1 ppg), with David Lee and Klay Thompson both averaging 19+.
I'm going to count on that defense showing up tonight as well, and make my free NBA pick on the final falling short of the total.
My pick: Wizards-Warriors Under 205.5