Milwaukee Bucks vs Washington Wizards Prediction, 3/15/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Milwaukee Bucks vs Washington Wizards
Date: Monday, March 15, 2021
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Odds/Point Spread: Milwaukee (-5.5)
The Washington Wizards (14-23) host the Milwaukee Bucks (24-14) at Capital One Arena on Monday. Milwaukee opens this matchup as 5.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 231.
The Milwaukee Bucks stepped onto the hardwood against the Wizards and notched a win by a score of 125-119 in their last contest. Milwaukee ended the contest with a 43.4% field goal percentage (43 of 99) and made 17 of their 45 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the free throw line, the Bucks knocked down 22 of 25 shots for a rate of 88.0%. When it comes to getting rebounds, they earned 57 with 13 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 33 dimes for this game as well as creating 15 turnovers and earning 9 steals. Pertaining to defense, Milwaukee allowed their opponent to shoot 45.7% from the floor on 43 out of 94 shooting. Washington doled out 25 assists and had 9 steals in the matchup. Furthermore, Washington grabbed 41 rebounds (6 offensive, 35 defensive) and had 3 rejections. Washington finished the contest at 77.3% at the free throw line by knocking down 17 of their 22 shots. They also buried 16 of 41 shots from distance.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is one player who played a role for this contest. He accounted for 33 points on 12 out of 19 shooting. He was on the court for 36:11 minutes and collected 11 boards. Antetokounmpo finished the contest at 63.2% from the field and totaled 11 assists. Someone else that was a major factor in this matchup for the Bucks was Jrue Holiday. He snagged 8 rebounds in his 32:12 min on the court. He finished the contest at 33.3% from the floor in this matchup by going 6-of-18 (18 points). When the game finished, Holiday earned 3 assists.
Milwaukee will enter this contest with a record of 24-14 for the campaign. The Bucks are connecting on 39.0% from downtown (558 of 1,432) and 74.4% from the free throw line. They have an average of 119.4 pts per game (2nd in the NBA) while going 48.6% from the field. They turn it over 13.7 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 17.9 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Milwaukee is grabbing 48.3 boards per contest and is sitting with 989 dimes on the year, which is 6th in the league in terms of passing the rock. When they are on defense, the Bucks have forced 12.9 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 18.6 fouls. They give up 37.4% on 3-point attempts while they are 20th in basketball in PPG allowed (112.4). The Bucks are giving up a field goal percentage of 45.4% (492 of 708) and they surrender 43.4 boards per contest as a squad. They are currently ranked 17th in basketball in giving up assists with 935 surrendered so far this season.
In their loss to Milwaukee, the Wizards were able to pull down 35 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 41 in the game. They also gave up possession 15 times, while recording 9 steals for this game. The Bucks earned 19 personal fouls for the contest which took the Wizards to the free throw line for 22 attempts. They were able to make 17 of them for a percentage of 77.3%. Concerning shots from beyond the perimeter, Washington converted 16 of their 41 attempts (39.0%). When all was said and done, the Wizards shot 43 out of 94 from the floor which had them shooting 45.7%. The Wizards permitted the Bucks to convert 43 of their 99 attempts from the field which had them shooting 43.4% in this game. They went 37.8% from beyond the arc by going 17 out of 45 and finished the contest at 22 out of 25 from the charity stripe (88.0%). In the matter of attacking the glass, Washington allowed Milwaukee to snag 57 overall (13 on the offensive side).
Russell Westbrook ended up being a factor for the Wizards in this game. He made 16 of 32 for this game giving him a rate of 50.0%, and accumulated 10 rebounds. Westbrook racked up 42 points in his 39:28 mins on the court and accumulated 12 dimes for the game. One more player that was important for Washington was Rui Hachimura. He came away with 1 assist in his 38:20 minutes on the hardwood, and he knocked down 11 of 18 from the floor. Hachimura ended the game having shot 61.1% from the floor while also contributing 29 points and 11 rebounds.
Washington has a mark of 14-23 this year. Washington has totaled 4,234 pts for the season (114.4 per contest) and they pull in 43.8 rebounds per contest. The Wizards are committing 21.9 fouls every game and they go 76.5% from the free throw line. As an offensive unit, the Wizards are hitting on 45.9% from the field, which ranks 19th in basketball. They are dishing out assists 24.7 times per game (16th in the league) and they cough up possession 14.2 times per contest. The Wizards on the defensive end are ranked 29th in the NBA in points allowed per contest with 119.7. They are forcing 15.3 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 47.5% from the field (24th in the league). The Washington defense concedes 38.6% on 3-pointers (495 of 1,281) and opponents are converting on 77.8% of their free throw attempts. They have allowed 24.4 dimes and 47.7 rebounds every game, which is ranked 12th and 26th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Washington (+5.5)
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