Los Angeles Lakers vs Washington Wizards Prediction, 12/4/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Washington Wizards
Date: Sunday, December 4, 2022
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Capital One Arena is the location where the Washington Wizards will go up against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.
The Lakers took the court against the Trail Blazers and earned the victory with a final of 128-109 in their last contest. Los Angeles ended with a 49.5% field goal percentage (48 out of 97) and made 14 out of their 37 3-point attempts. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Lakers made 18 of 26 attempts for a percentage of 69.2%. In the matter of pulling down rebounds, they collected 48 with 13 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 28 assists for the matchup as well as forcing the other team into 10 turnovers and earning 5 steals. Concerning defending, Los Angeles let their opponent shoot 46.7% from the field on 42 of 90 shooting. Portland earned 21 assists and had 4 steals for this contest. Moreover, Portland collected 45 rebounds (12 offensive, 33 defensive) and added 6 blocks. Portland finished shooting 81.0% from the charity stripe by knocking down 17 of 21 shots. They also converted 8 of their 24 attempts from 3-point range. With respect to fouls, the Lakers walked away with 18 while the Trail Blazers finished the game with 25 fouls.
LeBron James is someone who came through in this contest. James ended up going 66.7% from the field and recorded 8 assists. He played for 33 mins and snagged 7 rebounds. He had 31 points on 12 of 18 shooting.
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Los Angeles enters this contest with a record of 8-12 for the season. They are turning it over 15.0 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 19.1 personal fouls per contest. As a team, Los Angeles is collecting 45.8 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 486 dimes on the campaign, which is 27th in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Lakers are hitting 32.4% on shots from beyond the arc (197 of 608) and 80.3% from the free throw line. They have an average of 113.1 points per outing (14th in basketball) while going 46.6% from the floor.
On the defensive end, the Lakers are able to force 13.4 turnovers every game while drawing 21.6 personal fouls. They give up 34.0% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 18th in the league in points per game allowed (114.3). The Lakers defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 45.8% (862 of 1,881) and they relinquish 47.0 rebounds per game as a unit. They are 8th in basketball in allowing assists with 521 surrendered for the campaign.
The last time they took the court, the Wizards went home defeated by a final of 113-107 when they faced the Nets. In regard to rebounds, Washington permitted Brooklyn to get 35 in total (4 offensive). They shot 42.3% from behind the 3-point line by going 11 of 26 and ended up going 24 out of 26 at the free throw line (92.3%). The Wizards permitted the Nets to make 39 of 84 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 46.4% for the game. When all was said and done, the Wizards finished the game shooting 39 out of 89 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 43.8%. When it comes to 3-point attempts, Washington made 6 of 24 tries (25.0%). They were able to knock down 23 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 67.6%. The Nets committed 25 personal fouls for this game which took the Wizards to the free throw line for a total of 34 shots. They turned the ball over 14 times, while recording 6 steals in this matchup. The Wizards collected 37 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive boards for a total of 51 in this matchup.
Kristaps Porzingis ended up having an impact for the Wizards for the game. He knocked down 8 of 14 in this matchup giving him a rate of 57.1%, and had 19 rebounds. Porzingis earned 27 points in his 38 mins on the hardwood, but wasn't able to get an assist.
Washington has a record of 11-11 so far this year. As an offensive unit, the Wizards are shooting 47.2% from the floor, which ranks 13th in the league. Washington has earned 2,428 points for the season (110.4 per game) and they average 44.2 rebounds per contest. Their rate of earning assists is at 24.9 times per game (13th in the NBA) and they cough up possession 13.4 times per contest. The Wizards are committing 19.9 fouls per game and they connect on 77.2% from the charity stripe.
The Washington defense concedes 36.8% on shots from beyond the arc (271 of 736) and their opposition knocks down 80.9% of their shots from the free throw line. They have relinquished 23.2 dimes and 43.7 total boards per game, which is 5th and 18th in the league. The Wizards are ranked 12th in the league in points given up per game with 111.5. They are forcing their opponents into 12.8 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 45.3% from the field (4th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Los Angeles
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