February 24 vs. Golden State
January 28, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal (3) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson (11) during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
With all the talk between Wall, Beal, Irving and Waiters over who has the best backcourt in the league, the Warriors quietly voiced their opinion, choosing who else but themselves.
Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are a force to be reckoned with. Curry averaged 24 points per game last year on 47 percent shooting from the floor, while Thompson shot 44 percent and averaged 18.4 points per game.
In two games against Washington last season, Curry struggled to find his shot despite averaging nearly 19 points per game. He shot just 32.5 percent from the floor and an abysmal 25 percent from behind the arc. The point guard did, however, average seven assists in the two meetings (one win by each team).
Thompson shot remarkably better against the Wizards than his counterpart. He shot 45.2 percent from the field and .500 from three, while averaging 19.5 points per game.
Golden State’s backcourt of David Lee and Andrew Bogut matches up well against Nene and Gortat. You can make the case that the Warriors also hold the edge at small forward with Harrison Barnes and Andre Iguodala.
But the Wizards hold the edge when it comes to the benches. The only formidable player off the bench down low for Golden State is Draymond Green at the four, while Shaun Livingston and Brandon Rush back up Curry and Thompson.
DeJaun Blair, Kris Humphries, Glen Rice, Jr. and Andre Miller should fare well against the backups of Golden State.
With both teams being able to play at a high pace, this game may end up with over 220 total points being scored.