Washington Wizards vs New York Knicks Prediction, 3/23/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Wizards vs New York Knicks
Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Washington (+3)
The Washington Wizards (15-26) go to Madison Square Garden on Tuesday where they'll take on the New York Knicks (21-22). Washington opens this contest as 3-point dogs. The total opens at 225.
The Washington Wizards played the Brooklyn Nets and went home with a loss by a final score of 113-106 in their last game. Washington ended the game with a 53.2% FG percentage (42 of 79) and converted 7 of their 21 shots from beyond the arc. At the free throw line, the Wizards knocked down 15 of 19 attempts for a rate of 78.9%. In the matter of grabbing boards, they compiled 43 with 10 of them being offensive. They also distributed 24 dimes for this contest as well as forcing 7 turnovers and earning 5 steals. Regarding defending, Washington allowed their opponent to shoot 48.9% from the floor on 44 out of 90 shooting. Brooklyn totaled 24 assists and had 11 steals in this contest. Moreover, Brooklyn collected 35 rebounds (10 offensive, 25 defensive) and earned 4 blocks. Brooklyn finished the game at 72.7% from the charity stripe by converting 16 of 22 tries. They knocked down 9 out of their 29 attempts from 3-point range.
Russell Westbrook is one player who was a major factor in the game. He ended up walking away with 29 points on 10 of 20 shooting. He was on the court for 39:02 mins played and collected 13 rebounds. Westbrook shot 50.0% from the floor and also totaled 13 dimes. One more player that was a major factor in the matchup for the Wizards was Rui Hachimura. He grabbed 10 rebounds in 40:13 minutes played. He went 81.8% from the field for the game by going 9-of-11 (20 points). When this game wrapped up, Hachimura went home without an assist.
Washington comes into this game with a win-loss mark of 15-26 on the campaign. They are averaging 114.9 points per game (7th in the NBA) while hitting 46.5% from the field. The Wizards are hitting 34.4% on three-point shots (448 of 1,303) and 76.7% from the free throw line. As a unit, Washington is snagging 43.7 rebounds per contest and has tallied 1,019 assists on the campaign, which has them ranked 19th in the league in terms of passing the ball. They cough up possession 14.3 times per contest and as a group are committing 22.0 fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on defense, the Wizards are able to force 15.0 turnovers per game while drawing 22.6 personal fouls. They are ranked 11th in basketball in giving up assists with 1,000 surrendered on the campaign. The Wizards defense is giving up a FG percentage of 47.6% (615 of 926) and they relinquish 47.1 rebounds per game as a squad. They concede 38.3% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 30th in the NBA in PPG allowed (120.0).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the New York Knicks took a loss by a final score of 101-100 when they played the Philadelphia 76ers. The Knicks were able to corral 31 defensive boards and 13 offensive rebounds for a total of 44 for this contest. They also gave up possession 17 times, while earning 13 steals for the game. The 76ers committed 18 personal fouls for this game which took the Knicks to the charity stripe for a total of 23 tries. They were able to convert 13 of the free throws for a rate of 56.5%. In terms of shots from distance, New York made 11 of their 24 attempts (45.8%). When all was said and done, the Knicks finished 38 out of 88 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 43.2%. The Knicks allowed the 76ers to make 38 out of 82 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 46.3% for this contest. They wrapped up this game 44.0% from three-point range by shooting 11 out of 25 and finished the contest at 14 of 23 at the free throw line (60.9%). Regarding how they cleaned up the glass, New York allowed Philadelphia to get 44 overall (8 on the offensive glass).
Julius Randle pitched in for the Knicks in this contest. He made 7 out of 23 for the game giving him a rate of 30.4%, and tallied 7 rebounds. Randle racked up 24 points in his 46:09 mins on the hardwood and had 3 assists in this game. An additional guy who was a determining factor for New York was RJ Barrett. He ended up with 4 assists in 39:20 mins on the hardwood, and he shot 9 of 17 from the floor. Barrett finished going 52.9% from the field while also collecting 19 points and 8 rebounds.
New York has a mark of 21-22 so far this year. New York has earned 4,503 pts for the campaign (104.7 per contest) and they average 46.0 boards per game. The Knicks have committed 20.6 fouls per game and they hit 76.6% from the charity stripe. As an offensive unit, the Knicks are shooting 45.3% from the field, which is ranked 22nd in the NBA. They are earning an assist 20.9 times per contest (29th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 13.6 times per game. The Knicks defensively are ranked 1st in the league in points given up per game with 104.8. The New York defense allows 33.5% on shots from distance (522 of 1,559) and their opposition knocks down 76.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They have allowed 22.8 dimes and 43.6 boards per contest, ranking them 3rd and 14th in basketball. They are forcing their opponents into 12.3 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 44.2% from the floor (1st in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take New York (-3)
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