Los Angeles Clippers vs Washington Wizards Prediction, 3/4/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Clippers vs Washington Wizards
Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-9.5)
The Washington Wizards (13-20) play the Los Angeles Clippers (24-13) at Capital One Arena on Thursday. The spread on this game has Los Angeles as 9.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 231.
The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics and went home with a loss by a final score of 117-112 in their last contest. Los Angeles ended the contest with a 49.4% field goal percentage (43 of 87) and buried 18 of 38 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the free throw line, the Clippers converted 8 of 9 shots for a percentage of 88.9%. Pertaining to getting rebounds, they earned a total of 35 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 28 assists in the matchup while forcing the other team into 8 turnovers and having 3 steals. When talking about defense, Los Angeles allowed 48.8% from the floor on 42 out of 86 shooting. Boston earned 25 assists and had 6 steals in this contest. Furthurmore, Boston collected 43 rebounds (14 offensive, 29 defensive) and had 4 blocked shots. Boston ended up shooting 73.9% at the free throw line by making 17 of their 23 shots. They converted 16 of their 32 attempts from beyond the arc.
Paul George is someone who was a major contributor in this contest. He had 32 points on 12 out of 26 shooting. He played for 38:39 minutes played and also snagged 5 rebounds. George finished the game at 46.2% from the floor and also dished out 4 assists. One more player that was a determining factor in this matchup for the Clippers was Reggie Jackson. He had 3 rebounds in his 36:52 min on the hardwood. He went 71.4% from the floor for this game by going 10-of-14 (25 points). At the conclusion of this game, Jackson accounted for 7 assists.
Los Angeles will take the court with a win-loss record of 24-13 on the year. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.2 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 19.0 personal fouls per contest. As a team, Los Angeles is pulling in 44.2 rebounds per game and has tallied 904 dimes so far this year, which ranks 7th in the league in terms of passing. The Clippers are shooting 41.8% on three-point shots (532 of 1,273) and 84.0% from the charity stripe. They average 114.8 pts per contest (6th in basketball) while connecting on 48.5% from the floor. Defensively, the Clippers are forcing 12.8 turnovers every game and they draw 17.7 personal fouls. The Clippers defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 46.8% (475 of 655) and they surrender 41.4 boards per game as a group. They are 19th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 865 relinquished this season. They surrender 36.1% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 6th in the NBA in opponents points per game (109.2).
For their last game, the Washington Wizards took a defeat with a final score of 125-111 against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Wizards were able to pull down 33 defensive boards and 4 offensive boards for a total of 37 for this game. They also turned the ball over 22 times, while getting 8 steals for the contest. The Grizzlies had 21 fouls for this game which got the Wizards to the charity stripe for 25 attempts. They were able to bury 18 of those for a rate of 72.0%. Pertaining to shots from downtown, Washington knocked down 11 out of their 31 attempts (35.5%). At the conclusion of this game, the Wizards ended up shooting 41 out of 81 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.6%. The Wizards permitted the Grizzlies to convert 47 of their 95 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 49.5% in this game. They shot 44.8% from 3-point land by going 13 out of 29 and finished the contest at 18 of 23 from the free throw line (78.3%). In the matter of how they rebounded, Washington permitted Memphis to get 44 in total (9 on the offensive side).
Russell Westbrook ended up being a factor for the Wizards for this contest. He made 8 out of 16 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 50.0%, and had 6 rebounds. Westbrook had 23 points in his 35:31 mins of playing time and added 15 dimes in this contest. An additional guy that played a role for Washington was Bradley Beal. He finished with 5 assists in 35:30 mins played, and he shot 8 out of 18 from the floor. Beal ended up shooting 44.4% from the floor while notching 23 points and 6 rebounds.
Washington has a win-loss record of 13-20 so far this year. Washington has scored 3,783 points for the campaign (114.6 per contest) and they pull down 44.5 rebounds per game. The Wizards are committing 22.0 fouls every game while shooting 76.6% from the charity stripe. As an offensive unit, the Wizards are hitting on 46.0% from the field, which is ranked 19th in the league. They are earning an assist 25.0 times per contest (16th in the league) and they cough up possession 14.4 times per contest. The Wizards on defense are ranked 29th in basketball in points allowed per game with 119.2. The Washington defense gives up 38.3% from downtown (443 of 1,157) and opponents are making 77.0% of their free throw attempts. They allow 23.9 assists and 47.1 boards every game, which ranks them 10th and 25th in the league. They are forcing their opponents into 15.0 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.4% from the floor (24th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Washington (+9.5)
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