Will Stephen Curry Play Tonight? Golden State Warriors vs Washington Wizards: Game Prediction, Injury Updates and Lineup

Published 04/21/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
Apr 17, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) controls the ball while Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) defends during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports


The Golden State Warriors and Washington Wizards are set to lock horns in a thrilling matchup. The two teams will meet for the last time this regular season and have some momentum behind them as they enter this battle. While the Warriors are standing ninth in the Western Conference with a 29-29 record, the Washington Wizards are eleventh in the Eastern Conference with a 24-33 record.

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Although the Warriors are a much better team on paper, the Wizards are on a five-game winning streak. The Dubs just had a stellar win against the Philadelphia 76ers and will look to continue their winning ways.

Golden State Warriors injury report and lineup prediction

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The Warriors are trying to make their way to the postseason with back-to-back iconic performances. Their star player, Stephen Curry, is the one to laud for their comeback from a slump and now defeating elite teams like the Philadelphia 76ers.

Curry is putting on a show every night by dropping record-breaking points. He finished his 107-96 victory over Joel Embiid and company with a 49 point performance. This was his eleventh straight game with more than 30+points, hence defeating legends like Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan with this incredible feat.

March 29, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against Chicago Bulls forward Garrett Temple (17) during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Kelly Oubre Jr. finally returned to the lineup, which was a big help on the offense. The only thing the Dubs are lacking in size, with James Wiseman and Eric Paschall sidelined. Even Juan Toscano-Anderson will remain out for this game, with Damion Lee as probable.

Thus, the predicted lineup would be Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Stephen Curry, Kevon Looney, and Kent Bazemore.

Washington Wizards injury report and lineup prediction

The last time the Washington Wizards faced the Warriors, they defeated them with Russell Westbrook‘s triple-double, and Bradley Beal came up clutch to space with a 110-107 victory. Although quite late in the race, the Wizards have taken everybody by surprise by winning back-to-back five games.

Beal is averaging a whopping 31.1 points this season, and Westbrook is finally showing his All-Star caliber and help lead the way. They are coming off a win against Oklahoma City Thunder as Beal finished with 30 points. Apart from the duo, Rui Hachimura, Daniel Gafford, and Davis Bertans have been vital in their comeback.

Apr 19, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) pass against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Theo Maledon (11) during the first quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Unfortunately, Hachimura missed the last game and since he did not appear for practice on Tuesday, he may not show up on the court for this intense game.

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So, the predicted lineup would be Deni Avdija, Russell Westbrook, Bradley Beal, Alex Len, and Raul Neto.

Game prediction

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The battle for a victory between these two teams will go down to the wire. Their purpose so far is the same, to make it to the postseason. Every win will be a step closer to that. If Curry can keep scoring at an elite level, the Wizards could be in big trouble. Therefore, Dubs are the favorites to win this matchup.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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