Los Angeles Lakers vs Washington Wizards Prediction, 4/28/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Washington Wizards
Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-3)
The Washington Wizards (27-34) play the Los Angeles Lakers (36-25) at Capital One Arena on Wednesday. The spread on this matchup has Los Angeles as 3-point favorites. The O/U is set at 223.
The Los Angeles Lakers faced the Orlando Magic and earned the victory with a final of 114-103 in their last game. Los Angeles wrapped up the game having earned a 54.0% FG percentage (47 of 87) and converted 11 of their 31 shots from distance. From the charity stripe, the Lakers knocked down 9 of 14 shots for a percentage of 64.3%. When discussing rebounding, they compiled a total of 44 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 23 assists for this game while forcing 11 turnovers and getting 8 steals. Regarding defending, Los Angeles let their opponent shoot 47.4% from the field on 36 of 76 shooting. Orlando doled out 16 dimes and had 5 steals in this matchup. Furthermore, Orlando collected 28 boards (4 offensive, 24 defensive) and added 5 blocked shots. Orlando ended up shooting 83.3% from the free throw line by knocking down 20 of their 24 attempts. They also made 11 out of their 25 shots from beyond the arc.
Dennis Schröder is a guy who was a major factor for the matchup. He notched 21 points on 10 out of 18 shooting. He saw the court for 37:46 minutes played and also totaled 2 rebounds. Schröder finished the game shooting 55.6% from the field and distributed 10 assists. An additional guy that was a major factor in the matchup for the Lakers was Anthony Davis. He grabbed 8 rebounds in his 31:22 min on the hardwood. He shot 53.3% from the field in the game by going 8-of-15 (18 points). When the final whistle was blown, Davis had 3 assists.
Los Angeles heads into this game with a record of 36-25 on the campaign. The Lakers are shooting 35.4% on shots from distance (680 of 1,919) and 74.6% from the free throw line. They average 109.7 points per contest (23rd in the league) while hitting 47.4% from the field. They are turning it over 15.4 times per game and as a group are committing 19.1 fouls per contest. As a team, Los Angeles is pulling in 44.4 boards per contest and is sitting with 1,492 assists on the season, which is 18th in the league in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end of the court, the Lakers are able to force 15.3 turnovers per game and they draw 21.1 fouls. They are ranked 14th in basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,503 surrendered this season. The Lakers are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 45.7% (2,421 of 5,292) and they relinquish 42.0 boards per game as a team. They concede 35.1% on 3-point attempts and they rank 2nd in the league in points per game allowed (106.3).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Washington Wizards took a defeat with a final score of 146-143 against the San Antonio Spurs. The Wizards snagged 32 defensive boards and 18 offensive boards for a total of 50 for the game. They also turned the ball over 8 times, while recording 4 steals in the matchup. The Spurs earned 21 fouls for the matchup which got the Wizards to the free throw line for a total of 25 tries. They were able to make 21 of the free throw tries for a clip of 84.0%. When discussing shots from 3-point land, Washington made 6 of their 20 attempts (30.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Wizards finished the game shooting 58 out of 109 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 53.2%. The Wizards permitted the Spurs to knock down 55 out of 103 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 53.4% in this contest. They wrapped up this game 35.3% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 6 of 17 and walked away from this one shooting 30 of 35 from the free throw line (85.7%). Concerning how they rebounded, Washington permitted San Antonio to get 44 in total (13 on the offensive glass).
Bradley Beal was important for the Wizards in this contest. He converted 20 of 37 for the game for a field goal percentage of 54.1%, and totaled 3 rebounds. Beal tallied 45 points in his 41:36 mins of playing time and added 1 assist for this game. One more player who came through for Washington was Russell Westbrook. He ended up finishing with 14 assists in his 42:21 minutes played, and he knocked down 9 of 26 from the floor. Westbrook ended the game having shot 34.6% from the field in addition to earning 22 points and 13 rebounds.
Washington has a win-loss record of 27-34 for the season. Washington has accounted for 7,009 points so far this year (114.9 per game) and they average 44.8 rebounds per contest. The Wizards are committing 21.7 fouls per game and they connect on 76.1% from the charity stripe. In terms of offensive execution, the Wizards are shooting 47.1% from the field, which ranks 11th in basketball. They are earning an assist 25.0 times per contest (14th in the league) and they are giving up possession 14.8 times per contest. The Wizards on the defensive end are ranked 29th in the NBA in points allowed per contest with 118.2. They have conceded 24.1 assists and 46.1 boards per game, which is 10th and 24th in the league. The Washington defense allows 37.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter (765 of 2,045) and their opponents are converting on 78.2% of their foul shots. They are able to force 14.6 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 47.0% from the floor (22nd in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-3)
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