Steph Curry aims to continue his ridiculous hot streak in Wednesday’s inter-conference road meeting with the Washington Wizards. Chef Curry is up to his old tricks and cooking up another MVP-caliber season. He recently dropped 49 points in a monumental win for the Warriors over a Philadelphia 76ers team that ranked No. 1 in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, the Wizards are on the verge of their best run of the season with five straight wins, including a 119-107 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday.
Welcome back, Chef CurrySteph Curry’s NBA rendition of “Kitchen Nightmares” could give Chef Gordon Ramsey a run for his money. The chef is back on the floor and cooking up the sort of highlights that will be looked back on with the same astonishment when cars are flying.
He’s breaking records left and right, including some held by Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. And yet, it’s still hard to believe he dropped 49 points on a Sixers team that ranked second in the league defensively behind the Los Angeles Lakers.
I won’t even call it a statement performance because Curry doesn’t need to say or prove anything at this point.
Unlike the Sixers, the Wizards are one of the worst teams in the league defensively, which sets the stage for more offensive nightmares. Grab a knife, fork and napkin, Warriors fans.
Opposing teams are averaging 47.1 percent shooting against the Wizards this season. They’ve particularly struggled at defending the perimeter, which is the primary area where the chef likes to do his cooking. There’s always a concern about the complementary help in Golden State. Things typically go well when Curry is putting up astronomical offensive numbers, but that hot valve can’t stay twisted open forever.
The Wizards can’t play defense, but they can surely muster enough offensive buckets to make things entertaining. Bradley Beal is averaging 31.1 points per game this season, and he’ll aim to be a potential foil for Curry’s plans of dominance.
Beal’s dance in the spotlightFor as great as Bradley Beal has been this season, he still remains one of the league’s most underrated players. There’s no better way of getting recognition than stealing some of the infinite shine radiating from Steph Curry.
Wednesday’s game against the Warriors is Beal’s chance to upstage Curry and reinsert himself into the MVP conversation. He recently scored a team-high 30 points in the Wizards’ win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. It marked the team’s fifth straight victory and proved they aren’t leaving this season without a fight.
We’ll see if that fight shows up on the defensive end of the floor when faced with the greatest shooter in NBA history. They have to get the ball out of Curry’s hands and force other players on the Warriors to step up and make shots.
Beal and Russell Westbrook better bring their best pair of ice skates if they think they’re going to go one-on-one with Curry.
The Warriors are quietly one of the top-10 defensive teams in the league right now. That could be a problem even bigger than bottling up Curry for the Wizards. They’re a one-dimensional team that depends on scoring a lot of points to win games. It won’t be easy when facing a Warriors team allowing an average 105.3 points per game in their last three outings.
Wizards forward Rui Hachimura will likely be out again for this game with a knee injury.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a road favorite.
- Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days’ rest.
- Warriors are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a losing straight up record.
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Here’s to hoping the Wizards are hungry.
Chef Steph Curry is bringing his cooking tour to Washington, where opposing teams are averaging 119.1 points per game this season. You don’t need to be rocking the Curry brand to heap a bunch of points on these Wizards.
The biggest difference between the two teams has been the defensive improvement from the Warriors. They are currently the seventh-ranked team in the league in defensive efficiency. Curry might be getting all of the attention with his record-breaking run, but the Warriors’ recent run of success is truly about their ability to get stops on the defensive end of the floor.
Granted, James Wiseman not being on the court is a huge loss for Golden State, but it didn’t stop them from holding the top-ranked Sixers to only 96 points. It certainly didn’t stop Curry from dropping a 49-bomb on one of the league’s best defensive teams. Every streak has to end at some point, and Washington’s five-game run will hit a dead end road on Wednesday. I’m laying the points and taking the Warriors.
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The Wizards earned a 110-107 victory over the Warriors when these two teams met at the Chase Center earlier in the month. Would you like to take a guess who the leading scorer was for the Wizards during that game? You get a golden star for the day if you guessed Rui Hachimura. Both Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook were on the floor, but it was Hachimura that stole the show in that meeting.
Unfortunately for the Wizards, Hachimura is expected to be out on Wednesday, and they’ll be facing a Warriors team that’s very competitive on the defensive end of the floor. Opposing teams are only averaging 43.2 percent shooting against them in their last three outings. Give me the under in this one.