Washington Wizards vs New York Knicks Prediction, 3/25/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Wizards vs New York Knicks
Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Washington (+3)
Madison Square Garden is the site where and the New York Knicks (22-22) will take on the Washington Wizards (15-27) on Thursday. Washington opens this contest as 3-point dogs. The over/under opens at 226.
The Wizards faced the Knicks and took a loss by a final of 131-113 in their last game. Washington finished the contest having earned a 48.1% FG percentage (38 out of 79) and made 9 of their 23 3-pointers. From the charity stripe, the Wizards made 28 of 35 tries for a rate of 80.0%. Regarding getting rebounds, they earned 38 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 25 dimes for the game while forcing the other team into 10 turnovers and getting 5 steals. In terms of the defense, Washington allowed their opponent to shoot 51.1% from the floor on 47 of 92 shooting. New York doled out 23 dimes and had 6 steals in this contest. Furthermore, New York collected 42 rebounds (12 offensive, 30 defensive) and got 5 rejections. New York walked away from this one shooting 87.5% at the charity stripe by burying 21 of their 24 shots. They knocked down 16 of their 30 attempts from 3-point land.
Bradley Beal is one player who was a contributor in the game. He ended up finishing with 22 points on 6 out of 15 shooting. He played for 32:22 mins played and also grabbed 4 rebounds. Beal ended up going 40.0% from the field and earned 4 dimes. An additional guy that had an impact in the matchup for the Wizards was Russell Westbrook. He snagged 4 rebounds in his 28:44 min on the basketball court. He finished the game shooting 21.4% from the floor in the game via 3-of-14 (14 points). When the time ran out, Westbrook accounted for 12 assists.
Washington heads into this one with a win-loss mark of 15-27 on the season. They cough up possession 14.4 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 22.1 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Washington is collecting 43.6 rebounds per game and has earned 1,044 dimes this season, which ranks 18th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. The Wizards are shooting 34.5% on three-point shots (457 of 1,326) and 76.8% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 114.9 points per contest (7th in basketball) while going 46.5% from the field. Defensively, the Wizards are forcing 14.9 turnovers per contest while drawing 22.7 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 11th in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,023 surrendered so far this year. The Wizards defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 47.7% (625 of 954) and they surrender 47.0 rebounds per game as a unit. They surrender 38.6% on shots from distance and they are 30th in basketball in points per game allowed (120.2).
In their win over Washington, the Knicks were able to corral 30 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive rebounds for a total of 42 in this contest. They also coughed up the ball 10 times, while recording 6 steals for the game. The Wizards earned 23 personal fouls in this game which took the Knicks to the charity stripe for 24 shots. They were able to knock down 21 of those for a clip of 87.5%. In reference to shooting from downtown, New York knocked down 16 of 30 tries (53.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Knicks ended up going 47 for 92 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 51.1%. The Knicks permitted the Wizards to bury 38 out of their 79 tries from the floor which had them shooting 48.1% in this contest. They finished shooting 39.1% from three-point range via 9 out of 23 and finished the contest at 28 of 35 at the free throw line (80.0%). With respect to rebounding, New York permitted Washington to snag 38 in total (7 on the offensive glass).
Julius Randle was important for the Knicks in this matchup. He converted 13 out of 24 for the game for a field goal percentage of 54.2%, and accounted for 6 rebounds. Randle accumulated 37 points in his 37:47 minutes on the court and accounted for 2 dimes for the contest. Another guy who came through for New York was RJ Barrett. He ended up finishing with 5 dimes in his 39:08 mins on the court, and he put in 8 of 18 from the floor. Barrett finished going 44.4% from the field in addition to earning 21 points and 5 total rebounds.
New York has a win-loss mark of 22-22 so far this year. New York has scored 4,634 pts on the season (105.3 per game) and they grab 45.9 boards per contest. The Knicks have committed 20.7 fouls per game and they connect on 76.8% from the charity stripe. When it comes to executing on offense, the Knicks are shooting 45.4% from the field, which ranks 22nd in basketball. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 21.0 times per game (29th in the league) and they turn it over 13.5 times per contest. The Knicks on defense are ranked 1st in the league in PPG surrendered with 105.0. They have given up 22.8 assists and 43.5 total rebounds per game, which ranks them 3rd and 13th in the league. The New York defense gives up 33.6% on 3-point shots (531 of 1,582) and opponents are knocking down 76.8% of their foul shots. They are able to force 12.4 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 44.3% from the floor (1st in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take New York (-3)
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