Washington Wizards vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 8/9/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Wizards vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Sunday, August 9, 2020
Location: The Arena in Orlando, Florida
TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma City -9.5
The Arena is the site where Danilo Gallinari and the Oklahoma City Thunder (42-26, 3rd in the Northwest Division) will play the Washington Wizards (24-45, 4th in the Southeast Division) on Sunday. Oklahoma City opens this matchup as 9.5-point favorites. The total is set at 226.
The Wizards are covering the spread 50.0% of the time, having gone 33-33-2 ATS. Oklahoma City is covering the spread 62.7% of the time, going 42-25-0 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 Oklahoma City Thunder Injuries
08/07/20 PF Mike Muscala Concussion is questionable Sunday vs Washington
08/07/20 C Steven Adams Leg is questionable Sunday vs Washington
08/06/20 PG Dennis Schroder Personal is out indefinitely
Thomas Bryant comes into this contest averaging 12.8 points per game while playing 24.5 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 7.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 59% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 73%. Rui Hachimura averages 13.2 points per game in 30.0 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.8 assists per contest and 6.1 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 47% for the year while his free throw percentage is 82%.
Danilo Gallinari averages 19.2 points per game while playing 30.4 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 5.4 rebounds per game and has 2.0 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is at 89%. Chris Paul averages 17.8 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 31.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.9 rebounds per contest and 6.8 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage is 90%.
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 17th. 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
Oklahoma City is 20th in the league with 110.7 points per game this year. They are 4th in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 2.8. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 17th in the NBA. They are 23rd in the league in rebounding with 42.9 boards per game, and 28th in assists per contest with 21.7. The Thunder are 25th in turnovers per game with 13.6. The Thunder surrender 108.0 points per contest, which ranks them 8th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 45% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 11th and 2nd in those defensive statistics. They rank 5th with 22.9 assists allowed per contest and 12th with 44.3 rebounds surrendered per game. The Thunder are 9th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 13.9 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 17th 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.
Oklahoma City is 22nd in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 22nd in the league. The Thunder are 13th in the NBA in offensive rating with 111.4, and their defensive rating of 108.7 is ranked 8th. In terms of pace they are 25th in the league with 98.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 10th. As a team they are 6th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shots, ranking 25th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Wizards/Thunder NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Washington +9.5
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