WIZARDS V WARRIORS

Washington will go defensive mode on Friday as the Golden State Warriors will be visiting them at Capital One Arena.

The Wizard are keeping a relatively good form with five wins out of their last eight games.

Last Tuesday, Washington hammered an exhausted Detroit Pistons at home. Trevor Ariza was the star of the night with 20 points, while Otto Porter Jr. added 19 to beat the 29 from Blake Griffin and secure a 101-87 Wizards’ victory over Detroit.

Washington also defeated the New York Knicks in Friday last week. Allonzo Trier was called up for goaltending a layup attempt from Thomas Bryant at 0.4 seconds remaining, securing the Wizards’ 101-100 win over the Knicks. Bradley Beal made 26 points and nine rebounds that night, to which Porter added 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Lady Fortune could be at play in the Wizards’ win over New York, and they are one team blessed with good fortune as they also encountered the Milwaukee earlier this month without Giannis Antetokounmpo. While the Greek Freak out with hip and quad injuries, Beal made 32 points, while Tomas Satoransky had a triple-double for Washington to lead the Wizards’ 113-106 victory over the Bucks.

Will another good fortune save the Wizards from the Warriors on Friday?

While away from home, the Warriors are now one big fortress with DeMarcus Cousins joining the likes of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson in the line. This is somehow evident in the tipsters’ line of Golden State -9 to Over/Under 234.5.

Even without Cousins, people have seen the Warriors hammering the then-top of the West Denver Nuggets last week at Pepsi Center. Malik Beasley made 22 points but got topped by the 31 each from Steph Curry and Thompson. The Golden state scored 51-points in the first quarter to secure the 142-111 Warriors’ win over the Nuggets.

THUNDER V PELICANS

Anthony Davis’ volar plate avulsion fracture in his left index finger is bad-timing and one big hassle for the Pelicans as they will be facing Oklahoma City on Friday.

The New Orleans’ power forward has doubtful appearance on Friday, and this would mean hard struggle for the Pels against the Thunder.

The Pelicans lost last Thursday to Detroit at Smoothie King Center. Jrue Holiday scored 29 points, while Jahlil Okafor made 17 but not enough to hold off the Pistons’ 98-94 victory over New Orleans in a night without Davis.

Prior to that though, the Pels won 105-85 against Memphis last Tuesday at FedExForum, where Holiday made 21 points, while Okafor and Julius Randle both scored 20 to top the 22 from Marc Gasol. Davis was also absent that night.

Last Saturday, the Pelicans are not able to stop the Trail Blazers from gaining a 128-112 victory over New Orleans at Moda Center, where Davis made 27 points to top the 24 from Damian Lillard but was not able to stop the Portland win.

The Pels also fell to the Warriors last week at Oracle Arena. Davis made 30 points that night but not enough to top the 41 points from Stephen Curry and the 147-140 Warriors win over New Orleans.

Oklahoma City, on the other hand, will be trying to preserve a winning streak after their three wins in three games.

Thunders’ most recent strike was a 123-114 victory over Portland last Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena, where Paul George made 36 points and eight rebounds, complemented by a triple-double from Russell Westbrook with 29 points, 14 assists, and ten rebounds to beat the 34 points from Damian Lillard.

OKC also defeated the 76ers last Sunday at Wells Fargo Center, where George scored 31 points, including a four-point play at 5.1 seconds left, to equalize the 31 points from Joel Embiid and secure a 117-115 Thunder strike over Philadelphia.

Friday might be a tough night for the Pelicans, and tipsters seemed to be aware of this as they are giving a line of Oklahoma City -12 to Over/Under 237.

SUNS V TRAIL BLAZERS

Damian Lillard has a doubtful appearance in Portland’s match with Phoenix on Friday, but the Trail Blazers will seemingly do just fine with the likes of CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic still expected to play.

Portland lost to Oklahoma City last Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Lillard scored 34 points that night but not enough to beat the 36 from Paul George and the 123-114 Thunder win over the Trail Blazers.

However, before the match, the Trail Blazers are flexing a three-game winning streak.

Last week, the Trail Blazers defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers at Moda Center. 33 points was scored from Lillard in that night with Nurkic making a triple-double from 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists, beating the 22 points from Jordan Clarkson and leading a 129-112 Portland win over the Cavs.

The Trail Blazers also scored a 128-112 win over the Pelicans last Saturday at Moda, where Anthony Davis made 27 points to top the 24 from Lillard but not enough to halt a Portland win.

Utah also fell to Portland last Tuesday at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell made 36 points to top the 26 from Lillard. Jazz still lost 104-109 to the Trail Blazers that night.

Meanwhile, the Suns are in a really bad form as one would expect from a team with the worst record in the Western Conference.

Last week, the Suns faced the Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors. They also faced the Charlotte Hornets last Sunday, and they played with the Minnesota Timberwolves this week. These matches all concluded in Phoenix’s defeat.

The only game worth remembering for the Suns is their 102-93 victory over the then-top of the West Denver Nuggets earlier this month at Talking Stick Resort Arena, where Kelly Oubre Jr. made 26 points to top the 23 from a lousy Nikola Jokic.

By @FitsEly

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