Los Angeles Lakers vs Washington Wizards Prediction, 3/19/2022 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Washington Wizards
Date: Saturday, March 19, 2022
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: NBC Sports Washington
The Los Angeles Lakers (29-40) are en route to Capital One Arena on Saturday where they will take on the Washington Wizards (29-39).
The Lakers took the court against the Timberwolves and took a loss by a score of 124-104 in their last game. Los Angeles finished the contest with a 41.9% field goal percentage (39 of 93) and made 10 of their 45 shots from downtown. From the free throw line, the Lakers buried 16 of 23 tries for a rate of 69.6%. With regard to getting rebounds, they earned 38 with 13 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 23 dimes for the matchup in addition to creating 6 turnovers and having 7 steals. Concerning defending, Los Angeles allowed 44.4% from the field on 40 of 90 shooting. Minnesota recorded 51 assists and had 22 steals for the contest. Additionally, Minnesota had 36 boards (15 offensive, 21 defensive) and earned 4 blocks. Minnesota went 87.1% from the charity stripe by making 27 of their 31 shots. They made 17 out of their 42 tries from 3-point range. When discussing fouls, the Lakers ended up finishing with 25 and the Timberwolves recorded 16 fouls.
Malik Monk is a player who was a major contributor in the game. Monk finished the game shooting 41.7% from the floor and dished out 6 assists. He played 30 minutes and also snagged 5 boards. He left the arena with 13 points on 5 out of 12 shooting.
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Los Angeles comes into this matchup with a win-loss record of 29-40 so far this season. They turn it over 14.8 times per contest and as a group are committing 20.2 personal fouls per game. As a team, Los Angeles is collecting 44.2 boards per contest and is sitting with 1,647 assists on the season, which has them ranked 21st in the NBA in terms of passing. The Lakers are shooting 34.7% on shots beyond the perimeter (834 of 2,401) and 72.7% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 110.9 points per contest (13th in the NBA) while connecting on 46.4% from the field.
When they are on defense, the Lakers have forced 14.6 turnovers per contest and they draw 20.1 fouls. They are ranked 26th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,780 relinquished so far this year. The Lakers defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 46.3% (2,893 of 6,249) and they surrender 47.4 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They give up 35.0% on shots from downtown and they are 26th in the league in points per game allowed (113.7).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Wizards took a loss by a final score of 127-109 when they faced the Nuggets. The Wizards were able to corral 35 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive boards for a total of 48 for this game. They gave up possession of the ball 10 times, while getting 7 steals in the game. The Nuggets earned 9 fouls for the contest which got the Wizards to the charity stripe for 31 tries. They were able to knock down 22 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 71.0%. When talking about shots from downtown, Washington made 5 out of their 23 tries (21.7%). When all was said and done, the Wizards went 41 for 87 from the field which gave them a rate of 47.1%. The Wizards permitted the Nuggets to knock down 46 of 90 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 51.1% in the matchup. They went 40.5% from downtown by shooting 15 of 37 and ended up shooting 20 of 21 from the free throw line (95.2%). In the matter of how they cleaned up the glass, Washington permitted Denver to collect 33 in total (8 on the offensive glass).
Deni Avdija was important for the Wizards for the contest. Avdija earned 19 points in his 28 minutes on the court and earned 3 assists for the matchup. He knocked down 7 out of 10 for this game giving him a rate of 70.0%, and had 7 rebounds.
Washington has a win-loss record of 29-39 this season. The Wizards are responsible for committing 19.0 fouls every game while shooting 78.3% from the free throw line. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 24.6 times per game (13th in the NBA) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.3 times per contest. Washington has scored 7,368 points this season (108.4 per contest) and they snag 43.3 boards per contest. As an offense, the Wizards are shooting 46.9% from the field, which is 7th in basketball.
The Wizards are ranked 18th in the league in points per game surrendered with 111.6. They are able to force 11.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 46.3% from the field (18th in the NBA). The Washington defense allows 35.6% on 3-pointers (753 of 2,114) and their opposition knocks down 80.5% of their foul shots. They allow 23.4 dimes and 44.5 rebounds per contest, which is 8th and 19th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Washington
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