Indiana Pacers vs Washington Wizards Prediction, 10/22/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Indiana Pacers vs Washington Wizards
Date: Friday, October 22, 2021
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Odds/Point Spread: Indiana (+2)
Capital One Arena is where the Washington Wizards (1-0) will take on the Indiana Pacers (0-1) on Friday. Washington opens this matchup as 2-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The total is set at 229.
The Pacers faced the Hornets and ended up losing by a score of 123-122 in their last contest. Indiana ended with a 46.7% FG percentage (42 out of 90) and knocked down 17 of their 47 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Pacers made 21 of 24 attempts for a rate of 87.5%. When it comes to grabbing boards, they earned 51 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 29 assists in this contest while forcing the other team into 5 turnovers and earning 2 steals. With respect to defense, Indiana allowed the other team to go 43.0% from the floor on 46 of 107 shooting. Charlotte earned 46 assists and had 29 steals for this game. Moreover, Charlotte grabbed 34 rebounds (12 offensive, 22 defensive) and earned 10 blocked shots. Charlotte went 66.7% from the charity stripe by converting 18 of their 27 attempts. They converted 13 out of their 31 tries from beyond the arc.
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Malcolm Brogdon is one player who was a major factor for the contest. He left the arena with 28 points on 8 out of 20 shooting. He played 40 minutes and also grabbed 4 boards. Brogdon finished shooting 40.0% from the field and also totaled 11 dimes.
Indiana enters this contest after finishing with a record of 0-1 last year. They had an average of 115.3 points per game (6th in the league) while shooting 47.4% from the field. The Pacers connected on 36.4% on shots beyond the perimeter (889 of 2,445) and 79.2% from the free throw line. As a unit, Indiana pulled down 42.7 rebounds per contest and accumulated 1,973 dimes over the course of last year, which was 2nd in the league in terms of passing. They lost possession by turning the ball over 13.5 times per contest and as a basketball team committed 20.2 personal fouls every game. On defense, the Pacers forced 14.8 turnovers per game and they drew 18.1 fouls. They surrendered 36.6% on shots from beyond the arc and they were ranked 25th in the NBA in PPG allowed (115.3). The Pacers defensively gave up a field goal percentage of 46.8% (3,076 of 6,576) and they relinquished 46.8 boards per game as a squad. They were ranked 28th in the NBA in giving up assists with 1,877 surrendered last season.
The last time they took the court, the Wizards went home victorious with a score of 98-83 when they faced the Raptors. The Wizards collected 44 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 51 in the game. They coughed up the ball 21 times, while earning 14 steals for this game. The Raptors had 19 fouls for this game which took the Wizards to the free throw line for a total of 26 tries. They were able to convert 21 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 80.8%. When it comes to shooting from downtown, Washington converted 5 of 27 tries (18.5%). When all was said and done, the Wizards finished 36 out of 81 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 44.4%. The Wizards allowed the Raptors to bury 30 out of 97 tries from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 30.9% in the matchup. They went 20.6% from beyond the arc by going 7 out of 34 and walked away from this one shooting 16 out of 22 from the free throw line (72.7%). With respect to attacking the glass, Washington allowed Toronto to snag 35 in all (19 offensive).
Montrezl Harrell ended up being a factor for the Wizards in this game. He knocked down 9 out of 11 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 81.8%, and tallied 9 rebounds. Harrell accumulated 22 points in his 26 minutes on the hardwood and totaled 1 assist in this matchup.
Washington had a record of 1-0 last year. Washington earned 8,398 pts last season (116.6 per game) and they grabbed 45.2 boards per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Wizards connected on 47.5% from the field, which was ranked 10th in the NBA. The Wizards were responsible for committing 21.6 personal fouls per contest while shooting 76.9% from the charity stripe. They earned an assist 25.5 times per contest (13th in the league) and they gave up possession 14.4 times per contest. The Wizards defensively were ranked 30th in the NBA in PPG allowed with 118.5. They gave up 24.5 assists and 46.1 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranked them 12th and 24th in basketball. The Washington defense surrendered 36.9% on shots from 3-point land (896 of 2,425) and opponents made 78.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They forced their opponents into 14.7 turnovers per game and allowed teams to shoot 47.1% from the field (20th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Indiana (+2)
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