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Wizards vs. Warriors preview: Washington looks to get back in the win column against defending champs

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Washington Wizards v Golden State Warriors Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Game Info

When: Friday, October 27 at 10:30 p.m. ET
Where: Oracle Arena in Oakland, California
TV: NBATV and NBC Sports Washington
Win probabilities: The Warriors are overwhelming favorites to win according to Kevin Broom’s win predictor, at 86 percent. FiveThirtyEight’s win predictor gives them an 84 percent chance to win.

Injury Report

Wizards: Markieff Morris (Out, Hernia), Sheldon Mac (Out, Achilles), Ian Mahinmi (Questionable, Ankle)

Warriors: None

What to Watch for

Can the Wizards bounce back from a tough loss?

The Wizards suffered a very difficult lost on Wednesday, in a game in which they lead by 10 in the middle of the fourth quarter only to blow the lead, and eventually lose to the Lakers in overtime.

The Wizards have not been particularly sharp so far this season, struggling to maintain leads against opponents. They have had double digits leads in the second half in three out of the four games thus far this season only to see those leads go away. Certainly that is not a trend that can continue against the defending champions. Washington will need to play a consistent 48 minutes in order to have a chance against the Warriors.

Kevin Durant

Last season, Kevin Durant only played a 1 minute and 33 seconds before he was taken out of the game in DC after injuring his leg. The injury kept him out for weeks, which included the second and final matchup between the two.

This year, of course, it appears he will be fully healthy and ready for this matchup, so it will be interesting to see how the Wizards approach dealing with Durant. So far this season, he’s averaging 25 points per game on 51 percent shooting, but he has been just as impressive on the defensive end, where he is second in the league averaging 3 blocks per game.

A random highlight from Wizards - Warriors history: Tracy Murray Goes Off for 50 Points

Perhaps one of the more memorable individual performances by a Wizards player happened on February 10th, 1998, when Tracy Murray went for 50 points on 18 for 29 shooting against the Warriors in Oracle Arena. This was a game that we highlighted during our Rod Strickland Week, before the season. Rod Strickland himself finished a triple double himself of 21 points, 20 assists, and 12 rebounds, but the night belonged to Murray.