The Golden State Warriors, who stand atop of the Western Conference with 44 wins and four losses, have won their last seven matches on a trot. They will be keen to make it eight straight wins with victory over the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center on Wednesday.
The Wizards, who are eager to reach the playoffs, need to play some quality basketball if they are to climb up the standings. They presently lie 10th in the Eastern Conference, and only the top eight teams only will participate in the playoffs.
Though the playoffs might be far away, it is such matches against the likes of Warriors, which reflects a team's position in the league. The Wizards are aware of the tough task ahead of them against the Warriors, who have destroyed teams with their offensive skills.
More often than not, it is Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, who have been at their fluent best, scoring baskets at will. They will be keen to put on another show at the Verizon Center.
Curry and Thompson averages 29.4 ppg and 21.4 ppg respectively this season. The duo has made things easier for coach Steve Kerr, who does not take any team in the league lightly, irrespective of the form they are in.
Experts and critics are already talking about Bulls' brilliant record in the 95-96 season, where they finished the regular season with just 10 losses. Kerr was a part of that Bulls team as a player and could be a part of the Warriors team as a coach in bettering that record, as they have been playing some outstanding basketball.
"We're not really paying much attention to the record," AP quoted Kerr as saying. "But we don't take winning for granted, that's for sure."
The Warriors, in such a dreamy run with players performing at the top of their game, are favourites to defeat the Wizards on Wednesday. What makes the situation even worse is for the Washington Wizards is that they have suffered four losses in their last five games.
The only positive thing for Washington is that the home team can gain inspiration from Golden State's two losses in the league, both of which came in away games.
Can Wizards become the third team in the league to defeat the Warriors?
Where to watch live
Washington Wizards vs Golden State Warriors live NBA game is scheduled for 8pm ET (6:30 am IST, 9am Philippines) start with live TV coverage in India on Sony Six while the live streaming is available on Sonyliv.
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