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Wizards vs. Warriors preview: Washington heads to Golden State looking for season sweep

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NBA: Golden State Warriors at Washington Wizards Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Wizards will be looking to end their five-game road trip on a high note and go for a season sweep against the red-hot Warriors on Sunday night.

Golden State is currently hitting on all cylinders as they’ve won their past ten games without Kevin Durant. Still, they’ll be looking to exact revenge after the Wizards defeated them 112-108 back in February.

There were times during Washington’s game against Utah on Friday where the Jazz’s style of play nearly lulled many of us to sleep. Expect the opposite in this one as both teams thrive in transition and are two of the top five scoring teams in the NBA.

Game Info

When: Sunday, April 2nd at 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
TV: CSN Mid-Atlantic
Radio: 1500 AM and Wizards Radio App

Injury Report

Wizards: None

Warriors: Kevin Durant (Out, Knee), Kevin Looney (Game Time Decision, Hip), Patrick McCaw (Game Time Decision, Leg)

What to watch for

Which Wizards team will show up?

I was looking at the schedule during the All-Star break and circled this one as a “schedule loss.” The Wizards have been on the road for the past week and wrapping up a daunting road trip against the best team in the NBA is not an ideal situation.

However, as we know with this team, they tend to play to the level of their opponent. Too often, Washington doesn’t wake up for the “lesser” games but they have no problems getting up to play when the lights are bright. Hopefully, we’ll get a Wizards squad hungry to make a statement against the team with the best record in the league.

Insert generic defensive concern here _____.

Yes, Utah only scored 95 points against the Wizards on Friday night but don’t let that fool you. The Jazz like to play slow and milk the clock as much as possible. Plus, they missed several easy opportunities throughout the game.

On the other hand, the Warriors style of play is completely opposite of the Jazz. Washington must come out and play better defense than they have in weeks past or they are in jeopardy of getting blown out. Giving up 70 points in the first half and playing in the 120’s or 130’s won’t get you a win against Golden State.

Will Kelly Oubre’s hot streak continue?

After a very uninspiring bulk of the season, Kelly Oubre has gotten hot at the right time for this team. Over the last four games, Oubre is averaging 12.5 points on 67 percent shooting to go along with 5.5 rebounds. The hot streak has been very timely for the Wizards during a time where (dare I say it) Otto Porter has come back down to earth.

The Warriors are a different monster and boast on of the best reserve units in the NBA so Oubre will have his hands full. However, the Wizards will most likely need another very good performance from Oubre if they are going to get this win.

Most Likely Wizards Killer: Shaun Livingston

NBA: Sacramento Kings at Golden State Warriors Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Hopefully, Brandon Jennings will not be matched up against Livingston in this one. Jennings hasn’t been playing the best defense recently and Livingston has made his living slashing to the hole or backing down a smaller defender and knocking down an easy fadeaway jumper.