San Antonio Spurs vs. Washington Wizards: Keys to Game and Prediction
The San Antonio Spurs (3-1) hit the road to take on the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. The game is scheduled to tip off at 7:00pm ET and will be televised on FSSW. San Antonio is coming off a 94-84 victory against the New York Knicks on Monday. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 19 points. The Wizards (2-1) are coming off a 117-100 loss against the New York Knicks. Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 26 points.
What are some keys to a Spurs win?
–Contain Wizards Backcourt
John Wall and Bradley Beal form one of the best backcourts in the league. It appears that there’s a terrific chance that both players make the All-Star Game this season. Beal is averaging 25.3 points and 4.3 rebounds this year. Wall is averaging 22 points and 6.7 assists. The key to beating the Wizards is stopping their two talented guards. I expect Kawhi Leonard to defend Beal, while Danny Green will defend Otto Porter Jr.
–Danny Green Must Find Rhythm
Danny Green has been miserable on offense this season. The sharpshooter is averaging five points on 29 percent field goals and 12 percent threes. Don’t expect Green to remain cold, as he is a career 42 percent shooter from downtown.
–Pound the Ball Inside
The Wizards frontcourt isn’t like it was a few season’s ago when Marcin Gortat was playing better and Nene was healthy. Gortat is still a solid big man who averages 9.3 points and 7.3 rebounds, but he isn’t anywhere near elite. LaMarcus Aldridge and Tim Duncan should have their way in this one.
The Washington Wizards will battle due to the guard play. At the end of the day the Spurs are the much more talented team. Aldridge and the bench will end up being the difference in this one.