Washington Wizards vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, 2/22/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Wizards vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date: Monday, February 22, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet
Odds/Point Spread: Washington (+7)
STAPLES Center is the venue where and the Los Angeles Lakers (22-9) will play the Washington Wizards (10-17) on Monday. The line on this game has Los Angeles as 7-point favorites. The total opens at 225.5.
The Washington Wizards played the Portland Blazers and walked away with a win by a score of 118-111 in their last contest. Washington wrapped up the game having earned a 50.6% FG percentage (45 out of 89) and buried 6 out of their 26 shots from beyond the arc. At the charity stripe, the Wizards buried 22 of 29 shots for a percentage of 75.9%. In reference to rebounding, they collected 54 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 23 assists in this game in addition to earning 8 steals and 3 rejections. In the matter of defending, Washington allowed the other team to shoot 35.9% from the floor on 37 of 103 shooting. Portland doled out 19 assists and had 10 steals for this game. Moreover, the Blazers snagged 50 rebounds (17 offensive, 33 defensive) and added 7 rejections. Portland shot 72.0% from the free throw line by making 18 of 25 attempts. They made 19 out of their 55 tries from 3-point range.
Bradley Beal is someone who was a factor for the matchup. He walked away with 37 points on 16 of 27 shooting. He played for 35:12 minutes played and grabbed 7 boards. Beal ended up shooting 59.3% from the field and also earned 3 assists. An additional guy that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Wizards was Russell Westbrook. He snagged 11 boards and also earned 13 assists. He finished the game shooting 64.7% from the floor in the game by going 11-of-17 (27 points). When the game finished, Westbrook was on the hardwood for 37:23 min.
Washington comes into this one with a record of 10-17 on the season. They lose possession by turning the ball over 14.2 times per contest and as a squad they commit 22.2 fouls every game. As a unit, Washington is grabbing 44.8 boards per game and is sitting with 673 assists for the year, which is 25th in the league in terms of passing. The Wizards are connecting on 33.9% on shots from downtown (309 of 911) and 76.2% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 114.0 pts per game (11th in the NBA) while going 45.5% from the floor. On defense, the Wizards are forcing 14.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 22.0 personal fouls. They rank 2nd in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 637 conceded on the campaign. The Wizards are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 47.3% (396 of 594) and they relinquish 47.3 rebounds per contest as a unit. They are giving up 38.2% from 3-point land while they are 29th in basketball in points per game from their opponents (119.1).
When they last stepped on the court, the Los Angeles Lakers walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 96-94 when they played the Miami Heat. The Lakers corralled 37 defensive boards and 6 offensive boards totaling 43 in this contest. They blocked 6 attempts while earning 5 steals for the game. The Heat were called for 20 fouls for this contest which got the Lakers to the free throw line for 17 tries. They were able to knock down 15 of the free throw tries for a clip of 88.2%. With respect to three-point attempts, Los Angeles converted 13 out of their 45 attempts (28.9%). When this game wrapped up, the Lakers finished 33 for 84 from the field which gave them a rate of 39.3%. The Lakers permitted the Heat to convert 36 out of their 85 tries from the field which had them sitting at 42.4% in the game. They went 28.6% from 3-point land by connecting on 8 of 28 and finished the contest at 16 out of 23 from the charity stripe (69.6%). Regarding how they rebounded, Los Angeles allowed Miami to pull down 49 in all (10 on the offensive side).
Kyle Kuzma pitched in for the Lakers for the game. He made 8 of 21 for this contest for a field goal rate of 38.1%, which gave him 23 points. Kuzma grabbed 4 rebounds in his 34:14 minutes of time on the court and tallied 2 assists for the contest. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Los Angeles was LeBron James. He totaled 19 points in 37:27 minutes on the court by way of 7 of 21 shooting in the game. James ended up shooting 33.3% from the field while earning 9 dimes and 9 total rebounds.
Los Angeles has a win-loss record of 22-9 on the campaign. The Lakers are committing 18.4 personal fouls per contest and they go 75.3% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 24.8 times per contest (16th in basketball) and they are giving up possession 15.2 times per contest. Los Angeles has tallied 3,465 pts on the year (111.8 per game) and they grab 45.2 rebounds per game. As an offensive team, the Lakers are hitting on 48.4% from the field, which is ranked 4th in basketball. The Lakers on the defensive side of the court are 2nd in the NBA in PPG given up with 105.5. The Los Angeles defense surrenders 35.0% on 3-pointers (354 of 1,010) and opponents are making 76.0% of their shots from the charity stripe. They concede 24.7 dimes and 41.7 rebounds every game, which is ranked 15th and 3rd in basketball. They are forcing 14.5 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 44.9% from the floor (5th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-7)
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