Indiana Pacers vs Washington Wizards Prediction, 5/3/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Indiana Pacers vs Washington Wizards
Date: Monday, May 3, 2021
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: NBC Sports Washington
The Washington Wizards (28-34) host the Indiana Pacers (29-33) at Capital One Arena on Monday.
The Indiana Pacers faced the Brooklyn Nets and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 130-113 in their last game. Indiana ended the contest having earned a 42.7% field goal percentage (41 of 96) and converted 11 of their 39 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Pacers knocked down 20 of their 21 shots for a percentage of 95.2%. When it comes to pulling down boards, they collected a total of 38 with 7 of them being offensive. They also doled out 23 assists for this game while forcing the opposition into 13 turnovers and earning 8 steals. Pertaining to the defense, Indiana allowed the other team to shoot 52.8% from the field on 47 out of 89 shooting. Brooklyn doled out 35 assists and had 3 steals in this matchup. Additionally, Brooklyn totaled 50 rebounds (8 offensive, 42 defensive) and had 6 rejections. Brooklyn walked away from this one shooting 85.7% from the charity stripe by knocking down 24 of their 28 tries. They made 12 of their 35 attempts from 3-point range.
Caris LeVert is a player who was a major factor for the contest. He totaled 36 points on 14 out of 24 shooting. He played for 36:18 minutes played and grabbed 4 rebounds. LeVert shot 58.3% from the field and earned 5 assists. Another guy that had an impact in the matchup for the Pacers was Edmond Sumner. He collected 1 rebound in his 22:34 minutes on the basketball court. He finished the game at 66.7% from the field in the matchup by connecting on 6-of-9 (16 points). When the final whistle blew, Sumner had 1 assist.
Indiana will enter this contest with a record of 29-33 so far this season. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.4 times per contest and as a squad are committing 20.3 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Indiana is pulling in 42.3 boards per contest and has racked up 1,654 assists this year, which has them ranked 7th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Pacers are connecting on 35.7% on shots from downtown (760 of 2,130) and 79.0% from the charity stripe. They average 113.9 points per contest (11th in the league) while going 46.9% from the field. When they are on the defensive end, the Pacers are forcing 15.0 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.5 personal fouls. They relinquish 37.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they rank 26th in the NBA in PPG from their opponents (114.8). The Pacers defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 46.9% (933 of 1,150) and they concede 46.9 boards per contest as a team. They are currently ranked 23rd in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,606 conceded this season.
The last time they took the court, the Washington Wizards got the win with a final of 116-107 when they played the Los Angeles Lakers. The Wizards collected 40 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards for a total of 50 for the contest. They also coughed up the ball 13 times, while getting 6 steals in this game. The Lakers committed 20 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Wizards to the free throw line for a total of 21 tries. They were able to knock down 16 of them for a rate of 76.2%. In reference to shots from beyond the perimeter, Washington buried 6 of their 18 tries (33.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Wizards ended up going 47 out of 90 from the field which had them shooting 52.2%. The Wizards allowed the Lakers to bury 42 of 96 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 43.8% for the contest. They wrapped up this game 29.4% from downtown by going 10 out of 34 and finished the contest at 13 out of 21 from the charity stripe (61.9%). When talking about cleaning up the glass, Washington permitted Los Angeles to collect 41 in all (13 offensive).
Bradley Beal ended up being a major contributor for the Wizards in the matchup. He converted 11 of 18 in this contest for a field goal rate of 61.1%, and had 3 rebounds. Beal earned 27 points in his 36:18 mins on the court and had 3 assists in the game. An additional guy that was important for Washington was Russell Westbrook. He walked away with 14 assists in 40:40 mins played, and he put in 7 out of 16 from the floor. Westbrook wrapped this one up going 43.8% from the floor while totaling 18 points and 18 rebounds.
Washington has a mark of 28-34 on the campaign. The Wizards are committing 21.7 fouls per game and they hit 76.1% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 25.0 times per game (14th in basketball) and they turn it over 14.7 times per game. Washington has totaled 7,125 points this season (114.9 per game) and they pull down 44.9 boards per game. As an offensive team, the Wizards are shooting 47.2% from the field, which ranks them 11th in the NBA. The Wizards on the defensive end are ranked 29th in basketball in PPG given up with 118.0. The Washington defense gives up 37.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter (775 of 2,079) and their opponents are connecting on 78.0% of their shots from the free throw line. They concede 24.3 dimes and 46.0 boards per contest, which is ranked 10th and 24th in the league. They are able to force 14.5 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 47.0% from the floor (21st in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Washington
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