Golden State Warriors at Washington Wizards Pick - Odds and Against the Spread Prediction

January 24, 8:00 PM EST

The Golden State Warriors (33-14) and the Washington Wizards (20-26) will square off in a cross-conference clash set to take place at the Capital One Arena in D.C. The tip is set for 8:00 PM ET and will be televised on TSN. The Warriors have controlled the ebb and flow of this series as they have won eight of the last nine meetings between the two sides. Most recently, the W's hosted the Wizards at "The O" in October where they smashed the Wizards 144-122 to cover easily as a ten-point choice.

Golden State Warriors at Washington Wizards Overview

Golden State Warriors

Golden State extended its winning streak to eight after defeating the Los Angeles Lakers by a score of 130-111 on Monday. In doing so, the Warriors extended their cover streak to two games as they easily covered a 13-point line.

Washington Wizards

The Wizards enter into this contest going 4-1 SU in their previous five matches. On Monday, the Wizards hosted the Detroit Pistons and defeated them handily by a score of 101-87. The victory afforded Washington takers the ability to green up as they covered as a 5.5-point favorite.

Reasons To Avoid Golden State

As a two-time defending NBA Champion, the Warriors are always primed to be overvalued. When you combine this with the Warriors' spate of dominance against the Wizards in this series that propensity is that much greater. It is for this reason that the Warriors operate at a loss in against the spread markets while owning one of the best records in the NBA. The stock on this time is even higher given their winning streak which sets up takers more for a let-down with each market they back the Warriors in.

Reasons To Back Washington

In addition to the premiums that Golden State may inflict on all takers, the Wizards can also take advantage of home court in this contest. Golden State will have to travel across three time-zones and journey nearly 3,000 miles to play this game. Washington has been home for over two weeks and overall have enjoyed a 14-8 SU mark on their own court. Unlike the Warriors, the Wizards will not have to combat road rust nor will they have to play this one in a hostile environment. Both of which give them an opportunity to take it to the reigning champions.

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