When: Thursday, January 23 at 8:00 pm Eastern Time
Where: Capital One Arena
Wizards: Markieff Morris (Out, Neck), John Wall (Out, Heel), Dwight Howard (Out, Back)
Warriors: Damian Jones (Out, Pectoral)
What to Watch for
Expect the Wizards to have their hands full
Every Warriors starter has had a big game recently. Klay Thompson dropped 44 points in the Warriors’ last game against the Lakers on Monday. In the game before that, newcomer DeMarcus Cousins scored 14 points in 14 minutes. The game before that, Stephen Curry scored 41 points, including 23 in the third quarter, while Draymond Green had 14 assists. In that same game, Kevin Durant chipped in 30 points and 15 boards.
Let’s just say the Wizards have a lot of work to do this game if they want to compete with the defending champions who have won eight straight and ten of their last eleven games.
Washington has momentum right now
With Bradley Beal leading the pack, Washington has won seven of its last ten despite not having several key players. The team has momentum as they are on a two-game winning streak. Several times this season, the Wizards have had difficulty getting over that hump to secure a third straight win. A win here on national TV against the defending champs would certainly help them clear that hurdle.