Oklahoma City Thunder vs Washington Wizards Prediction, 4/19/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Washington Wizards
Date: Monday, April 19, 2021
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma City (+11)
Capital One Arena is the site where and the Washington Wizards (23-33) will take on the Oklahoma City Thunder (20-36) on Monday. Oklahoma City opens this matchup as 11-point dogs. The total is set at 231.
The Oklahoma City Thunder faced off with the Detroit Pistons and took a loss by a final of 110-104 in their last contest. Oklahoma City walked away from the game having earned a 40.2% field goal percentage (39 of 97) and made 7 of their 39 shots from downtown. From the free throw line, the Thunder converted 19 of 26 tries for a percentage of 73.1%. In reference to grabbing boards, they collected a total of 56 with 18 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 19 assists in this contest while forcing 18 turnovers and earning 13 steals. Regarding defending, Oklahoma City allowed their opponent to shoot 42.2% from the field on 38 out of 90 shooting. Detroit recorded 22 dimes and had 13 steals in the game. In addition, Detroit pulled down 54 rebounds (15 offensive, 39 defensive) and earned 8 blocks. Detroit finished the contest at 70.6% when shooting free throws by knocking down 24 of their 34 attempts. They converted 10 of their 35 tries from beyond the arc.
Luguentz Dort is a guy who came through for this contest. He accumulated 26 points on 9 out of 20 shooting. He saw the court for 32:10 minutes and grabbed 6 rebounds. Dort finished the game shooting 45.0% from the field and dished out 2 assists. Another guy that was a major contributor in this matchup for the Thunder was Darius Bazley. He pulled down 7 rebounds in his 33:36 minutes on the basketball court. He finished the contest at 38.9% from the floor in this contest by shooting 7-of-18 (19 points). When the final whistle blew, Bazley had 2 assists.
Oklahoma City will play this game with a win-loss mark of 20-36 for the season. They lose possession via turnover 15.7 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 18.1 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Oklahoma City is grabbing 45.3 boards per contest and has racked up 1,248 assists this season, which has them ranked 27th in the NBA in terms of passing. The Thunder are hitting 34.5% on shots beyond the perimeter (696 of 2,017) and 72.7% from the free throw line. They have an average of 105.3 points per game (28th in basketball) on 44.4% from the field. On the defensive end of the court, the Thunder are forcing their opponents into 12.8 turnovers every game and they draw 18.4 personal fouls. They are 21st in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,415 relinquished on the season. The Thunder defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 46.9% (719 of 1,029) and they concede 47.3 boards per contest as a group. They are relinquishing 35.7% on three-point shots while they are 23rd in the NBA in opponents PPG (114.3).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Washington Wizards took home the win by a final score of 121-100 when they faced the Detroit Pistons. The Wizards were able to pull down 38 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards totaling 48 in the matchup. They turned the ball over 12 times, while getting 11 steals in the game. The Pistons committed 20 fouls for the contest which took the Wizards to the charity stripe for a total of 19 tries. They were able to make 12 of the free throw tries for a clip of 63.2%. When talking about shots from beyond the arc, Washington buried 9 out of their 16 tries (56.3%). When the final whistle was blown, the Wizards ended up going 50 for 94 from the field which gave them a rate of 53.2%. The Wizards allowed the Pistons to make 37 out of their 84 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 44.0% in this contest. They went 33.3% from downtown via 9 out of 27 and ended up shooting 17 out of 23 from the free throw line (73.9%). When discussing attacking the glass, Washington allowed Detroit to get 45 overall (9 on the offensive side).
Bradley Beal was important for the Wizards in this game. He knocked down 13 of 22 for this contest giving him a rate of 59.1%, and totaled 3 rebounds. Beal recorded 37 points in his 34:52 mins of playing time and earned 3 assists for the matchup. An additional guy that played a role for Washington was Russell Westbrook. He ended up finishing with 11 assists in his 30:11 minutes on the hardwood, and he shot 7 out of 17 from the floor. Westbrook finished going 41.2% from the floor while earning 15 points and 14 total rebounds.
Washington has a record of 23-33 so far this season. Washington has 6,381 points on the campaign (113.9 per game) and they average 44.6 boards per contest. The Wizards have committed 21.8 fouls per contest while shooting 75.8% from the charity stripe. As an offensive team, the Wizards are hitting on 46.9% from the floor, which has them ranked 13th in the NBA. Their rate of earning assists is at 24.9 times per contest (13th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 14.8 times per contest. The Wizards on the defensive end are ranked 29th in the league in PPG given up with 118.3. They have allowed 24.2 dimes and 46.4 boards per contest, which ranks them 10th and 26th in basketball. The Washington defense gives up 37.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter (711 of 1,890) and opponents are converting on 77.7% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have forced 14.5 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 47.1% from the floor (21st in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Washington (-11)
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