Washington Wizards vs New Orleans Pelicans Predictions, NBA Picks, Betting Tips 8/7/2020
Game: Washington Wizards vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Friday, August 7, 2020
Location: Visa Athletic Center in Orlando, Florida
TV: Fox Sports New Orleans
Visa Athletic Center is the venue where Lonzo Ball and the New Orleans Pelicans (29-39, 5th in the Southwest Division) will take on the Washington Wizards (24-44, 4th in the Southeast Division) on Friday.
The Wizards cover the spread 50.0% of the time, having gone 33-33-2 ATS. New Orleans is covering 51.5% of the time, going 34-32-2 against the spread.
Key Washington Wizards Injuries
10/18/19 PG John Wall Achilles is out for season
08/02/20 SG Garrison Mathews Personal is out indefinitely
07/07/20 SG Bradley Beal Rotator Cuff is out for season
06/28/20 PF Davis Bertans Personal is out for season
Key New Orleans Pelicans Injuries
No key injuries to report
Shabazz Napier comes into this contest averaging 10.3 points per game while playing 24.1 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 2.8 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 41% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 82%. Troy Brown Jr. averages 10.1 points per game in 25.4 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.5 assists per contest and 5.4 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 77%.
Lonzo Ball averages 12.1 points per game while playing 32.2 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 6.2 rebounds per game and has 6.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage is at 55%. Brandon Ingram averages 24.1 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.0 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.2 rebounds per contest and 4.2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 85%.
Useful Team Statistics
Washington averages 115.0 points per contest this season, which ranks them 6th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -4.4 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 16th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 6th in the league. They average 41.8 rebounds per game and 25.2 assists per game, which ranks them 29th and 12th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 22nd with 14.1 per game. The Wizards allow 119.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 29th in the league. They also allow a 49% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc, ranking them 29th and 26th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 46.1 rebounds a game which ranks 25th and they give up 25.3 assists per contest, which puts them in 24th place in the league. They force 16.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 28th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
New Orleans is 5th in the league with 115.7 points per game this year. They are 15th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is -1.0. They shoot 37% from 3-point range, which is good for 7th in the NBA. They are 5th in the league in rebounding with 47.0 boards per game, and 3rd in assists per contest with 26.9. The Pelicans are 2nd in turnovers per game with 16.3. The Pelicans surrender 116.7 points per contest, which ranks them 27th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 18th and 18th in those defensive statistics. They rank 14th with 24.5 assists allowed per contest and 16th with 45.1 rebounds surrendered per game. The Pelicans are 16th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.5 per game.
The Wizards are 12th in the NBA in offensive rating with 111.4, and their defensive rating of 115.6 is ranked 30th. In terms of pace they are 6th in the league with 102.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 21st. As a team they are 16th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shots, ranking 21st in the league. Washington is 24th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.9 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 56%, which is 2nd in the league.
New Orleans is 6th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 14th in the league. The Pelicans are 18th in the NBA in offensive rating with 110.4, and their defensive rating of 111.3 is ranked 18th. In terms of pace they are 2nd in the league with 103.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 54% is 7th. As a team they are 15th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 41% of their shots, ranking 9th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Wizards/Pelicans NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Washington
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