Washington Wizards vs Golden State Warriors Betting Preview - October 27th

Jordan Sharp

Friday, October 27, 2017 3:50 PM UTC

Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 3:50 PM UTC

After losing in overtime on Wednesday and giving a lot of credit to LaVar Ball after he called the Lakers’ upset win over the Wizards, the boys from Washington now face an even tougher test. Golden State is playing host to the Wizards tonight and even with the NBA Odds at -11 in favor of Golden State, there is a lot of value in these odds.

Free NBA Pick: Warriors -6½ 1HBest Line Offered: 5Dimes

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Washington Wizards vs Golden State Warriors  

The Wizards are a very good basketball team when they are playing for one another and moving the ball around on offense. Their defense is also pretty good to start the season, as they’re allowing 103.5 points per 100 possessions.

However, when John Wall starts playing for himself and not his teammates, that’s when things go south quickly. We saw this two nights ago in their loss to the Lakers. Say what you want about LaVar Ball, but he did exactly what he needed to do to get Wall focused on his son instead of winning the game.

Wall has this tendency to not play clean games when the hype is up, and you can bet the hype will be up tonight against the Warriors. While I do expect somewhat of a bounce back from the Wizards, it likely won’t be enough to win this game.

In their head to head matchups in the recent past, Stephen Curry has dominated Wall. Tae a look at their recent games against one another via Basketball Reference and you’ll see the destruction.

However, the full game line  -11 is pretty sharp. The Warriors aren’t playing great defense yet, although they looked better on that end over their last two games. It’s defense and the pace of this game that will determine who comes out on top.

For help, I went back to these two team’s last meeting in Golden State late last season. The Warriors were clicking on all cylinders, and the first half was a fast-paced track meet dominated by Warriors fast break buckets...

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There were only about four or five shots the entire first half that was taken with less than 10 seconds on the shot clock, and with both teams playing pace-up to start the year, the advantage goes to the Warriors early in this one.

At -6 ½, the Warriors present great first half value to be ahead of Washington at the break of this one. Golden State has dropped an average of 66 points in their first two home games at halftime, while the Wizards are shooting just 42.5% in the first half of their last two road games.

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