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Golden State Warriors @ Washington Wizards and suggested Tuesday parlay

Steph CurryTuesday, February 24, 7pm ET, Verizon Centre, Washington

WILL Golden State Warriors superstar and NBA Most Valuable Player contender Stephen Curry play against the Washington Wizards?

That’s the question on everyone’s lips.

The sharp-shooting point guard missed the last game for the Warriors after spraining his ankle and that spelled disaster against the lowly Indiana Pacers.

The NBA leading Warriors (43-10) head to the capital to take on a Wizards’ (33-23) side that has given up its Eastern Conference top four spot with some severely lacklustre play, contributed to by an injury to star two guard Bradley Beal.

They have dropped to fifth on the back of three straight losses and it doesn’t get any easier with the Warriors coming to town.

One of the key attractions of this clash every fan will be looking forward to, should it eventuate, is the match up between elite point men John Wall and Curry.

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Both men hold the key to each sides’ fate and whoever wins that match up will go a long way to winning this game.

Bull at a gate Wall runs the show for the Wizards, dropping 17.3 points per game, 10.1 assists per game and nicking 1.82 steals per game. As he goes, the Wizards go. Fresh off his first start in the NBA All Star game, Wall is number one in the NBA for assists and is tops among guards for double – doubles.

Curry, while considered the superior player, has more weapons around him and the Warriors can sometimes cover if he has an off night or misses.

But his 23.6 ppt leads the team, as does his 7.9 assists and 2.2 steals. Hell, he even grabs nearly five boards per game – that’s a lot of production to replace if he misses.

Despite a monstrous 39 point night from the only active Splash Brother, Klay Thompson, the Warriors were unable to reach the mark against the borderline playoff contender Pacers, falling 104-98. Without Curry, the Warriors just weren’t able to find anyone hot on the offensive end, apart from Thompson, bench power forward David Lee the next best scorer with 12.

It’s the first time they’ve had to take the court without their leader this season and it showed, with plenty of iso drawn up for Thompson.

Coach Steve Kerr has said the side will be cautious, but let’s hope his foot comes good for this game – the Warriors are three and a half games clear in the standings, so there’s a god chance Steph needs to be 100 per cent for them to allow him to take the floor.

“Steph is good,” Kerr told reporters after the lost to Indi.

“He was sore in warm ups, and we didn’t want to take any chances.

“He just has a sore foot, and we’ll take it day by day.”

While they did succumb to the Pacers, the Warriors have counted a win over bogey team San Antonio since the all star break, with Curry dropping 25 and 11, giving him 20 points in 11 straight – the second longests stretch of his career.

The Wizards were just as bad in their last contest, dropping to a 106-89 result at Detroit, despite a big double – double from Marcin Gortat (24 points, 10 rebounds) and 12 dishes from Wall.

They’ve dropped both games following the all star break but a combined total of 55 points and they’re actually lost eight of their last 10 in a funk that is going to make serious problems for them when playoffs come round, if they are unable to rectify it.

But they just haven’t been able to put it together against the better teams, losing to Cleveland, Atlanta and Toronto (twice).

The Warriors are number one in the league in scoring filling it up with more than 110 points per night, but the stingy Wiz were keeping opponents under 100 points per night before its last two (116.5 per night) and it will be a case of can Marcin Gortat and Nene protect the rim well enough to get the W?

Wiz coach Randy Wittman lamented his side’s inability to stop scorers in their last two and hoped for something a little better against the Dubs.

“It’s that snowball effect that adds up to big things, and they’re getting bigger and bigger as we speak,” he told reporters.

“Until we do something differently… and if I have to do something differently line up wise, whatever.

“We’re just continually hitting our heads against the wall.

Prediction

Result: Golden State Warriors win
Line: Golden State Warriors -3.5

We’re bullish on the Warriors if Curry plays. And we still like them if he doesn’t. With no Beal, Washington has really struggled, opponents keying in on Wall and stopping him from getting what he wants. And here are a few facts: While this is the first meeting of the two teams this season, the Warriors have traditionally dominated this fixture, winning their last four games played in the capital – and six of their last seven against the Wizards.

It is the Warriors second game of six straight road games and they will be keen to put a W on the board before the grind gets really tough later in the trip. The Wizards are not without their chances, but we think the class – and hot shooting – of the Warriors will prevail. And, given the Wizards recent form, there is every chance this one ends in a blow out. Grab the Warriors at the line or, if you’re feeling adventurous, pick them up over 10.5.

Projected starters

Golden State Warriors:

Stephen Curry – Point guard
Klay Thompson – Shooting guard
Harrison Barnes – Small forward
Draymond Green – Power Forward
Andrew Bogut – Centre

Washington Wizards:

John Wall – Point guard
Garrett Temple – Shooting guard
Paul Pierce – Small forward
Nene – Power forward
Marcin Gortat – Centre

Suggested parlay bet for NBA Tuesday

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The NBA has given us a four game slate tonight with some quite decent match ups and we’re going to have a crack at all four of them for our parlay.

We’re going for three away teams and one at home.

We’ve already mentioned while we think the Warriors will do the business against the Wizard, here’s a quick overview of what we think about the other games.

The 35-22 Cleveland Cavaliers have finally started to put it together and the king Lebron James and his prince Kyrie Irving are really clicking. It’s a high powered scoring line up when you consider stretch four Kevin Love is third on the team in scoring at nearly 17 per game. The Pistons (23-33) have plenty to play four, with just one game keeping them out of the play off race, but the integration of new addition Reggie Jackson (acquired in a trade from Oklahoma City) looks like it’s going to take some time. The Cavs are not the team you want to be having teething problems against.

Speaking of the Oklahoma City Thunder (31-25), they had a typically successful trade period, losing the cancer that was Jackson and the dead weight that was Kendrick Perkins and adding the young, long, skilled centre, Enes Kanter, from Utah. He could prove to be the ace in the hole with Steven Adams and Serge Ibaka up front, should the Kevin Durant-less Thunder keep winning. Any side with a rampant Russell Westbrook has to be considered favourite here and, despite the Pacers (23-33) in a similar boat to the Pistons playoff wise – and grabbing some confidence from a home win over Golden State – we can’t see them getting over the line here – OKC wants to hold on to that playoff spot.

This one is the tough one. The Raptors (37-19) have lost two in a row, but seem to rise to the occasion against the stronger teams. Conversely, the Mavs have won two in a row, but it hasn’t exactly been pretty. This tip goes against better judgement, but we think there is some value in the Kyle Lowry led Raptors on the road against that star studded Dallas (38-20) line up. If you are a little frightened of taking them straight out, go with the Raptors to cover the line, they should be able to keep this one competitive.

This article was written by Jess

Jess is the editor of MobileSportsBetting.com. His job duties include everything nobody else is doing, and making sure it all gets done on time. When he gets a chance, Jess loves to write about NFL, MLB, Formula 1, and tennis betting.


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