New Orleans Pelicans vs Washington Wizards Prediction, 4/16/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Washington Wizards
Date: Friday, April 16, 2021
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Odds/Point Spread: New Orleans (+1.5)
The Washington Wizards (21-33) host the New Orleans Pelicans (25-30) at Capital One Arena on Friday. The odds on this matchup have Washington as 1.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 241.5.
The New Orleans Pelicans played the New York Knicks and went home with a loss by a final score of 116-106 in their last game. New Orleans wrapped up the contest with a 45.5% FG percentage (40 of 88) and made 6 of their 28 3-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Pelicans made 20 of 24 attempts for a percentage of 83.3%. When it comes to grabbing rebounds, they earned 49 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 25 assists for this game while forcing 6 turnovers and getting 3 steals. Regarding the defense, New Orleans allowed the other team to shoot 45.4% from the floor on 44 of 97 shooting. New York doled out 19 assists and had 6 steals in the game. Additionally, New York snagged 48 rebounds (11 offensive, 37 defensive) and had 5 blocked shots. New York finished shooting 84.6% from the free throw line by making 11 of their 13 tries. They buried 17 of their 33 shots from distance.
Brandon Ingram is a player who was a factor in this contest. He accumulated 28 points on 9 out of 22 shooting. He played for 36:22 minutes and also pulled down 3 rebounds. Ingram went 40.9% from the field and earned 7 dimes. One more player that played a role in the game for the Pelicans was Zion Williamson. He collected 8 rebounds in his 34:31 minutes on the hardwood. He finished the contest at 52.6% from the floor in the matchup by connecting on 10-of-19 (25 points). Overall, Williamson tallied 7 assists.
New Orleans will enter this contest with a record of 25-30 for the campaign. They have an average of 114.5 pts per game (8th in basketball) on 48.2% from the floor. The Pelicans are shooting 35.1% from downtown (595 of 1,697) and 73.4% from the free throw line. As a unit, New Orleans is pulling down 46.7 boards per game and has racked up 1,430 dimes so far this season, which has them ranked 8th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They are losing possession via turnover 14.4 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 17.8 fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on defense, the Pelicans are able to force 13.0 turnovers per game while drawing 21.2 personal fouls. The Pelicans are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 47.2% (713 of 1,167) and they surrender 40.6 boards per game as a group. They are ranked 26th in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,434 surrendered for the season. They give up 39.2% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 27th in the league in PPG allowed (114.9).
When they last played, the Washington Wizards took home the win by a final score of 123-111 against the Sacramento Kings. The Wizards were able to pull down 42 defensive boards and 14 offensive rebounds totaling 56 for the matchup. They also turned the ball over 24 times, while earning 12 steals for the game. The Kings had 22 fouls for this game which got the Wizards to the free throw line for a total of 27 shots. They were able to bury 22 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 81.5%. In reference to shooting from downtown, Washington made 7 of 24 tries (29.2%). When all was said and done, the Wizards ended up going 47 out of 90 from the field which had them shooting 52.2%. The Wizards permitted the Kings to convert 42 of their 91 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 46.2% for this contest. They finished shooting 33.3% from distance by shooting 9 of 27 and finished the game at 18 out of 24 at the free throw line (75.0%). In regard to how they rebounded, Washington permitted Sacramento to snag 31 in total (5 on the offensive side).
Bradley Beal ended up having an impact for the Wizards in this contest. He made 10 of 22 in the matchup for a rate of 45.5%, and accumulated 4 rebounds. Beal totaled 31 points in his 36:07 minutes on the hardwood and had 3 assists for this game. Someone else who was a determining factor for Washington was Russell Westbrook. He left the arena with 11 dimes in his 36:25 mins played, and he shot 12 of 22 from the floor. Westbrook wrapped this one up going 54.5% from the floor and also collecting 25 points and 15 total rebounds.
Washington has a win-loss mark of 21-33 for the season. When it comes to offensive execution, the Wizards are hitting on 46.8% from the field, which is ranked 13th in the league. Washington has earned 6,143 points for the campaign (113.8 per game) and they grab 44.5 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 25.0 times per game (13th in basketball) and they turn it over 14.8 times per contest. The Wizards are committing 21.8 fouls every game and they connect on 76.1% from the free throw line. The Wizards on defense are ranked 29th in the NBA in PPG allowed with 118.6. They are forcing 14.4 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.3% from the field (24th in the NBA). The Washington defense allows 37.9% on three-point shots (695 of 1,835) and their opposition knocks down 77.6% of their foul shots. They have given up 24.3 dimes and 46.3 boards per contest, which ranks them 11th and 24th in the league.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Washington (-1.5) and over 241.5 points
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