Washington Wizards vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, 2/23/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Wizards vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Odds/Point Spread: Washington (+9.5)
The Washington Wizards (10-17) are headed to STAPLES Center on Tuesday where they'll take on the Los Angeles Clippers (22-10). The spread on this game has Los Angeles as 9.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 233.
The Washington Wizards faced off with the Portland Blazers and took home the win by a score of 118-111 in their last game. Washington ended the contest having earned a 50.6% FG percentage (45 out of 89) and converted 6 of 26 3-pointers. At the free throw line, the Wizards converted 22 of their 29 attempts for a percentage of 75.9%. With respect to grabbing boards, they collected a total of 54 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 23 assists in this matchup while getting 8 steals and 3 blocked shots. In the matter of defense, Washington allowed their opponent to shoot 35.9% from the floor on 37 out of 103 shooting. Portland doled out 19 assists and had 10 steals in the game. Moreover, the Blazers grabbed 50 rebounds (17 offensive, 33 defensive) and added 7 rejections. Portland ended up going 72.0% from the charity stripe by burying 18 of 25 tries. They buried 19 of 55 tries from beyond the arc.
Bradley Beal is one player who played a role for the game. He recorded 37 points on 16 of 27 shooting. He was on the court for 35:12 minutes played and pulled down 7 rebounds. Beal finished shooting 59.3% from the floor and dished out 3 assists. An additional guy that was a major contributor in the game for the Wizards was Russell Westbrook. He pulled down 11 rebounds and had 13 assists. He shot 64.7% from the floor for the game by going 11-of-17 (27 points). In all, Westbrook played for 37:23 min.
Washington enters this one with a win-loss record of 10-17 for the year. They turn it over 14.2 times per contest and as a squad they commit 22.2 personal fouls every game. As a team, Washington is pulling down 44.8 rebounds per contest and has totaled 673 assists for the season, which ranks 25th in basketball in terms of passing. The Wizards are shooting 33.9% on 3-point shots (309 of 911) and 76.2% from the charity stripe. They average 114.0 pts per contest (11th in basketball) while going 45.5% from the floor. On defense, the Wizards are forcing 14.7 turnovers every game and they draw 22.0 fouls. They are ranked 2nd in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 637 relinquished for the season. The Wizards are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 47.3% (396 of 594) and they surrender 47.3 rebounds per contest as a group. They surrender 38.2% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 29th in the league in PPG allowed (119.1).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Los Angeles Clippers walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 112-108 when they faced the Brooklyn Nets. The Clippers were able to corral 36 defensive rebounds and 16 offensive boards for a total of 52 in this matchup. They also stuffed 4 shots while recording 3 steals for the matchup. The Nets were called for 19 fouls in this contest which took the Clippers to the free throw line for 18 attempts. They were able to bury 13 of them for a percentage of 72.2%. In terms of shots from downtown, Los Angeles made 15 of their 35 tries (42.9%). When the final whistle blew, the Clippers shot 40 for 87 from the floor which had them at 46.0%. The Clippers allowed the Nets to knock down 44 of their 92 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 47.8% in this game. They shot 28.9% from beyond the arc by shooting 11 out of 38 and finished the contest at 13 of 19 at the free throw line (68.4%). When it comes to how they cleaned up the glass, Los Angeles allowed Brooklyn to collect 40 overall (9 offensive).
Paul George was important for the Clippers for this game. He made 12 of 19 for the contest for a field goal rate of 63.2%, which had him finishing with 34 points. George collected 6 boards in his 32:31 mins of time on the hardwood and tallied 7 dimes in this contest. Someone else who was a determining factor for Los Angeles was Kawhi Leonard. He ended up with 29 points in 39:17 mins on the hardwood via 9 of 19 from the floor for this contest. Leonard finished going 47.4% from the field as well as collecting 3 assists and 13 boards.
Los Angeles has a mark of 22-10 so far this season. When it comes to offensive execution, the Clippers are hitting on 48.4% from the field, which ranks 3rd in the league. Los Angeles has tallied 3,687 pts on the year (115.2 per game) and they snag 44.3 boards per contest. They are assisting teammates 24.3 times per game (19th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 13.3 times per game. The Clippers are committing 19.1 personal fouls every game and they go 84.0% from the free throw line. The Clippers defensively are ranked 5th in the NBA in PPG given up with 108.8. They are forcing 13.3 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.6% from the field (15th in basketball). The Los Angeles defense gives up 35.2% from downtown (377 of 1,071) and their opponents are converting on 79.3% of their free throw shots. They concede 23.0 dimes and 41.3 rebounds per game, which has them ranked 5th and 2nd in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Washington (+9.5)
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