When: Wednesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Rui Hachimura (Knee, Out) Thomas Bryant (Knee, Out)
Warriors: Juan Toscano-Anderson (Concussion, Game-Time Decision); James Wiseman (Knee, Out); Eric Paschall (Hip, Out); Klay Thompson (Achilles, Out)
The Washington Wizards will play their first game with fans on Wednesday against the Golden State Warriors, both teams fighting for or to remain in the spots for the play-in tournament. Currently the Wizards are tied for the 10th and final spot, but the Chicago Bulls hold the advantage. As for the Warriors, they’re currently in ninth and if the season ended today would be in the tournament.
Also this game will be headlining the current top-two scoring leaders in the league: Bradley Beal and Steph Curry. Beal was the leading scorer all season averaging 31.1 points per game. Curry has had some remarkable games to the point he has passed Beal and now leads the league in scoring with 31.4 points per game. He also is averaging 40 points per game in the month of April. If Beal wants to get back to the top, he’ll need to throw in a few 35+ points a game while Washington hopefully can contain his scoring on Wednesday. It’ll definitely be hard to do since Curry is one of those pure shooters that can pull up from anywhere.
The Wizards are on a five-game winning streak and looking to make it six. The final play-in spot will be hard to grab especially when the final outcome could come down to more than just an overall record, but the win record against other teams. In this case, Washington needs to win more as the Bulls and Toronto Raptors need to win less.