Sacramento Kings vs Washington Wizards Prediction, 3/18/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Sacramento Kings vs Washington Wizards
Date: Saturday, March 18, 2023
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Odds/Point Spread: Sacramento (-3)
Capital One Arena is where the Washington Wizards will take on the Sacramento Kings on Saturday. Washington opens this game as 3-point underdogs. The over/under is 230.
The Kings faced the Nets and walked away with a win by a score of 101-96 in their last contest. Sacramento walked away from the game having earned a 39.0% field goal percentage (32 of 82) and made 13 out of their 41 3-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Kings buried 24 of 32 attempts for a rate of 75.0%. In reference to pulling down rebounds, they compiled a total of 57 with 13 of them being offensive. They also recorded 22 dimes for the matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 6 turnovers and getting 2 steals. Pertaining to the defense, Sacramento allowed the other team to go 41.3% from the field on 33 out of 80 shooting. Brooklyn doled out 20 assists and had 8 steals for this game. In addition, Brooklyn grabbed 41 rebounds (3 offensive, 38 defensive) and added 5 blocked shots. Brooklyn went 69.6% from the free throw line by making 16 of their 23 attempts. They buried 14 of their 39 tries from downtown. Regarding personal fouls, the Kings ended up walking away with 17 while the Nets racked up 22 personal fouls.
Domantas Sabonis is one guy who was a contributor in this game. He accounted for 24 points on 8 of 14 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 39 minutes and also pulled down 21 boards. Sabonis finished shooting 57.1% from the field and earned 5 assists.
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Sacramento enters this game with a record of 42-27 for the season. They are averaging 120.9 points per outing (1st in the NBA) while shooting 49.7% from the field. The Kings are shooting 37.1% on 3-point shots (937 of 2,526) and 79.7% from the free throw line. As a team, Sacramento is pulling in 42.3 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 1,869 dimes this season, which is 5th in basketball in terms of passing. They are giving up possession 14.0 times per game and as a squad they commit 19.8 fouls per game.
When they are on defense, the Kings have forced 14.2 turnovers every game and they draw 21.2 fouls. They concede 37.2% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 27th in basketball in PPG allowed (118.2). The Kings defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 49.3% (3,028 of 6,140) and they relinquish 41.9 boards per game as a squad. They are ranked 24th in basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,815 surrendered so far this season.
When they last stepped on the court, the Wizards went home victorious with a score of 117-97 when they faced the Pistons. The Wizards pulled down 38 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards for a total of 48 in this matchup. They also gave up possession of the ball 13 times, while recording 9 steals in this matchup. The Pistons earned 19 fouls for the game which got the Wizards to the free throw line for 22 attempts. They were able to knock down 22 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 100.0%. When talking about shooting from downtown, Washington made 7 of their 32 attempts (21.9%). When this game wrapped up, the Wizards shot 44 out of 85 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 51.8%. The Wizards permitted the Pistons to bury 38 of 99 attempts from the field which left them shooting 38.4% in this game. They finished 29.4% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 10 of 34 and finished the contest at 11 of 12 at the free throw line (91.7%). In relation to rebounding, Washington permitted Detroit to grab 44 overall (19 on the offensive side).
Bradley Beal was important for the Wizards in the game. He made 13 out of 15 for the contest for a field goal percentage of 86.7%, and had 6 rebounds. Beal totaled 36 points in his 33 minutes of playing time and had 7 dimes for the game.
Washington has a mark of 32-37 for the year. When it comes to offensive execution, the Wizards are connecting on 48.6% from the field, which is 7th in the NBA. Washington has 7,796 pts for the season (113.0 per game) and they pull in 43.8 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 25.3 times per contest (13th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 14.3 times per contest. The Wizards commit 18.8 fouls every game and they shoot 79.0% from the charity stripe.
The Washington defense allows 36.1% on 3-point shots (818 of 2,264) and their opponents are converting on 80.5% of their free throw attempts. They have given up 24.0 dimes and 42.6 boards per game, which has them ranked 7th and 11th in the league. The Wizards are ranked 14th in the NBA in PPG given up with 113.2. They are forcing their opponents into 12.2 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.6% from the floor (7th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Washington (+3)
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