Indiana Pacers vs Washington Wizards Prediction, 5/20/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Indiana Pacers vs Washington Wizards
Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
Odds/Point Spread: Indiana (+3.5)
The Washington Wizards (34-38) play the Indiana Pacers (34-38) at Capital One Arena on Thursday. Indiana opens this contest as 3.5-point underdogs. The over/under has been set at 241.
The Indiana Pacers took the court against the Charlotte Hornets and walked away with a win by a score of 144-117 in their play-in game. Indiana finished having earned a 45.7% FG percentage (43 of 94) and knocked down 12 out of their 40 3-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Pacers made 19 of 25 attempts for a percentage of 76.0%. In terms of hauling in rebounds, they collected a total of 36 with 7 of them being offensive. They also recorded 26 assists for the matchup as well as forcing the other team into 14 turnovers and earning 8 steals. In the matter of defending, Indiana allowed the other team to go 45.7% from the field on 43 of 94 shooting. Charlotte earned 26 dimes and had 8 steals for the game. On top of that, Charlotte totaled 36 boards (7 offensive, 29 defensive) and added 6 blocks. Charlotte walked away from this one shooting 76.0% at the charity stripe by converting 19 of their 25 shots. They also knocked down 12 of 40 tries from downtown.
Oshae Brissett is one player who was a factor in this game. He had 23 points on 10 out of 14 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 33:01 minutes and grabbed 5 rebounds. Brissett went 71.4% from the field and also totaled 2 assists. Another guy that had an impact in this game for the Pacers was Doug McDermott. He collected 3 rebounds in 25:47 minutes on the basketball court. He ended up shooting 77.8% from the floor for the matchup via 7-of-9 (21 points). At the conclusion of this game, McDermott accounted for 2 assists.
Indiana will enter this game with a win-loss mark of 34-38 for the season. They are averaging 115.3 points per contest (6th in the NBA) while going 47.4% from the field. The Pacers are hitting 36.4% on shots beyond the perimeter (889 of 2,445) and 79.2% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Indiana is pulling in 42.7 boards per game and has totaled 1,973 dimes on the season, which ranks 2nd in the NBA in terms of passing. They are giving up possession 13.5 times per game and as a team are committing 20.2 fouls per game. Defensively, the Pacers are able to force 14.8 turnovers every game while drawing 18.1 personal fouls. The Pacers are giving up a FG percentage of 46.8% (1,066 of 1,306) and they relinquish 46.8 rebounds per contest as a group. They are currently ranked 28th in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,877 relinquished for the year. They give up 36.6% from 3-point land and they are 25th in basketball in PPG allowed (115.3).
In their play-in game, the Washington Wizards took a defeat with a final score of 118-100 when they played the Boston Celtics. The Wizards earned 36 defensive boards and 13 offensive boards totaling 49 for the contest. They also coughed it up 15 times, while recording 5 steals for the matchup. The Celtics were called for 17 fouls for the matchup which got the Wizards to the free throw line for a total of 20 attempts. They were able to make 17 of those for a rate of 85.0%. In relation to shots from 3-point land, Washington converted 3 out of 21 attempts (14.3%). In all, the Wizards ended up shooting 40 out of 92 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 43.5%. The Wizards permitted the Celtics to make 38 out of 96 tries from the field which had them shooting 39.6% in this matchup. They finished the game shooting 33.3% from distance by hitting 15 out of 45 and finished the contest at 27 of 32 at the free throw line (84.4%). In relation to cleaning up the glass, Washington permitted Boston to get 49 in total (14 offensive).
Bradley Beal ended up being important for the Wizards in the game. He made 10 of 25 in this contest giving him a rate of 40.0%, and tallied 9 rebounds. Beal earned 22 points in his 35:39 minutes on the hardwood and earned 6 dimes for this contest. An additional guy who came through for Washington was Russell Westbrook. He ended up with 5 dimes in his 36:45 minutes played, and he knocked down 6 of 18 from the floor. Westbrook finished going 33.3% from the floor and also collecting 20 points and 14 rebounds.
Washington has a win-loss mark of 34-38 for the campaign. Washington has 8,398 points this year (116.6 per game) and they collect 45.2 rebounds per contest. The Wizards have committed 21.6 fouls every game and they shoot 76.9% from the free throw line. As an offensive team, the Wizards are hitting on 47.5% from the floor, which is 10th in the NBA. They are getting an assist 25.5 times per contest (13th in the league) and they turn the ball over 14.4 times per game. The Wizards on defense are ranked 30th in the NBA in PPG surrendered with 118.5. The Washington defense gives up 36.9% on shots from beyond the perimeter (896 of 2,425) and opponents are connecting on 78.1% of their free throw shots. They give up 24.5 assists and 46.1 boards per game, which has them ranked 12th and 24th in basketball. They have forced 14.7 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 47.1% from the floor (20th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Indiana (+3.5)
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