Washington Wizards vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 4/23/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Wizards vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Friday, April 23, 2021
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Bally Sports Oklahoma
Odds/Point Spread: Washington (-10)
Chesapeake Energy Arena is the site where and the Oklahoma City Thunder (20-39) will play the Washington Wizards (25-33) on Friday. The odds on this contest have Washington as 10-point favorites. The over/under opens at 230.5.
The Washington Wizards faced off with the Golden State Warriors and went home with a win by a final score of 118-114 in their last contest. Washington ended the game having earned a 41.8% field goal percentage (38 out of 91) and knocked down 10 of their 28 3-point shots. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Wizards made 32 of their 38 shots for a percentage of 84.2%. When talking about grabbing rebounds, they collected 61 with 15 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 23 dimes in the matchup in addition to creating 17 turnovers and earning 12 steals. When it comes to defense, Washington allowed the other team to go 39.6% from the floor on 40 out of 101 shooting. Golden State distributed 22 assists and had 15 steals in this game. On top of that, Golden State snagged 44 rebounds (10 offensive, 34 defensive) and earned 7 blocks. Golden State finished the game shooting 90.5% from the free throw line by making 19 of their 21 attempts. They also converted 15 of their 45 tries from three-point range.
Bradley Beal is a guy who came through in the matchup. He was able to score 29 points on 8 out of 21 shooting. He played 36:27 mins played and also totaled 10 rebounds. Beal ended up shooting 38.1% from the field and also dished out 4 dimes. An additional guy that was a major factor in the game for the Wizards was Raul Neto. He snagged 3 rebounds in 36:17 min played. He finished 63.6% from the field for the matchup by going 7-of-11 (18 points). When all was said and done, Neto accounted for 4 assists.
Washington steps onto the court with a mark of 25-33 so far this year. They have an average of 114.1 points per outing (10th in basketball) while shooting 46.9% from the field. The Wizards are connecting on 34.5% on shots from beyond the arc (598 of 1,733) and 75.7% from the free throw line. As a unit, Washington is pulling in 44.8 boards per game and is sitting with 1,451 dimes for the year, which ranks 14th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession via turnover 14.9 times per game and as a squad they are committing 21.7 fouls every game. On defense, the Wizards are forcing their opponents into 14.6 turnovers every game and they draw 22.2 fouls. They concede 37.6% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 28th in basketball in PPG allowed (118.0). The Wizards defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 46.9% (849 of 1,285) and they concede 46.4 rebounds per game as a squad. They currently rank 9th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,400 conceded on the season.
When they last played, the Oklahoma City Thunder took a defeat with a final score of 122-116 against the Indiana Pacers. The Thunder recorded 38 defensive boards and 18 offensive boards for a total of 56 for this contest. They also turned the ball over 17 times, while recording 8 steals for the contest. The Pacers were called for 16 fouls in this game which got the Thunder to the free throw line for 16 tries. They were able to make 11 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 68.8%. Regarding shooting from beyond the arc, Oklahoma City made 9 out of 29 tries (31.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Thunder shot 48 for 104 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 46.2%. The Thunder allowed the Pacers to bury 46 of their 101 tries from the field which had them shooting 45.5% in this game. They shot 35.0% from three-point range by connecting on 14 of 40 and finished the contest at 16 of 20 at the free throw line (80.0%). In reference to rebounding, Oklahoma City allowed Indiana to get 47 in total (14 on the offensive glass).
Darius Bazley ended up being important for the Thunder for the game. He converted 9 of 25 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 36.0%, and accounted for 9 rebounds. Bazley earned 26 points in his 37:09 mins on the court and accumulated 2 assists for this game. Someone else that played a role for Oklahoma City was Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk. He wrapped the game up with 4 dimes in his 36:12 minutes played, and he knocked down 9 out of 16 from the floor. Mykhailiuk ended up shooting 56.3% from the field in addition to earning 20 points and 9 rebounds.
Oklahoma City has a record of 20-39 this year. The Thunder are committing 18.2 fouls per game and they go 73.0% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 22.4 times per contest (27th in basketball) and they are turning it over 15.9 times per contest. Oklahoma City has tallied 6,225 pts for the campaign (105.5 per game) and they pull in 45.6 rebounds per game. As an offensive team, the Thunder are hitting on 44.5% from the floor, which is ranked 27th in the NBA. The Thunder on the defensive end are ranked 24th in the NBA in PPG given up with 114.4. They are forcing their opponents into 12.8 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 46.8% from the floor (18th in basketball). The Oklahoma City defense gives up 35.8% from downtown (781 of 2,182) and opponents are connecting on 76.5% of their free throw attempts. They allow 25.4 assists and 47.2 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 21st and 27th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Washington (-10)
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