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Will the Wall and Ball Sideshow Derail the Wizards

The Washington Wizards and the Los Angeles Lakers will on Wednesday at the Staples Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 10:30 pm. ESPN will telecast the game as its second game of its Wednesday night NBA Package.

Why can’t we all be lucky enough to have all NBA games on TNT?

Oddsmakers opened the Wizards as -6.5-point favorites versus the Lakers, while the game’s total opened at 229. The line has dropped to Washington as a -5.5-point favorite. The total has edged down to 228.5.

Lavar Ball can’t help but run his mouth and make things harder than they have to be for his son, Lonzo Ball. Here is part of a story from CBS Sports about tonight’s game.

After the Lakers lost to the Pelicans on Sunday, LaVar Ball said that the Wizards “better beware” because his son, Lonzo Ball, wasn’t going to lose again in the same week. Wizards center Marcin Gortat promptly responded on Twitter with several laughing emojis and a stern warning for Lonzo.

Wall retorted from CBS Sports As well:

On Tuesday, Wall responded to LaVar’s comments and discussed his mindset for his matchup with Lonzo. Via Candace Bruckner of the Washington Post:

“Nah, no mercy,” Wall responded when asked if he would show leniency to the 19-year-old rookie point guard despite his braggadocious father.

Lakers Look to Even Record Against Tough Wizards

Los Angeles was a 119-112 loser in its last match at home against the New Orleans Pelicans. They failed to cover the +4.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 231 sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

The Lakers trailed by 20 points late in the third quarter on Sunday. This prompted coach Luke Walton to try a new combination of Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, Josh Hart, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram. The 5-man lineup worked well together and closed the gap. The Lakers moved ahead by five points midway through the fourth quarter.

The Pelicans went on an 11-0 run that put them back on top in the 119-112 victory.

Clarkson scored a team-high 24 points off the bench. He put up 18 and 17 points in the first two games of the season. He’s shooting 51.1 percent from the field as well. He has been drilling them from 3-point distance. He is 7-for-14 from behind the arc.

Lonzo Ball hasn’t shot the ball well in his first three games. He’s putting up some good overall numbers. He is averaging 13.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists.

Ball went up against one of the NBA’s best backcourt defenders in Patrick Beverley of the Los Angeles Clippers in the season opener. He’ll face another tough matchup against John Wall of the Wizards. Wall led the NBA with 157 steals last season. He led all point guards with 49 blocked shots.

 

Wizards Look for First 4-0 Start Since 1978

Washington won its last outing, a 109-104 result against the Denver Nuggets on October 23. The Wizards covered in that game as a +5-point underdog, while the 213 combined points took the game UNDER the total.

The Wizards opened their four-game road trip with a victory in Denver on Monday. It marks only their fourth 3-0 start in franchise history. It is their first since 2005. Washington started 0-3 last season. The Wizards are the last unbeaten team in the Eastern Conference for the first time since 1974.

The Washington Wizards will try for their first 4-0 start since 1978.

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Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Washington3-01-2114.67110.004.670-21-02-12-00-1
LA Lakers1-21-2112.00119.00-70-21-02-11-11-0
Power Stats
Assists Turnovers
NameAssistsTurnoversRatio
WAS23.3312.671.84
LAL23.3318.331.27
Rebounding
NameOffenseDefenseTotal
WAS11.0030.6741.67
LAL8.6735.3344
ShootingPercentage
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
WAS46.8548.64-1.79
LAL46.9147.52-0.61
Team Records

Washington Wizards

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall3-02-01-01-20-21-0114.67110.004.67
Last 103-02-01-01-20-21-0114.67110.004.67
vs Div0-00-00-00-00-00-00.000.000.00
vs EAST2-02-00-00-20-20-0117.50113.004.50
vs WEST1-00-01-01-00-01-0109.00104.005.00

Los Angeles Lakers

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall1-20-21-01-20-21-0112.00119.00-7.00
Last 101-20-21-01-20-21-0112.00119.00-7.00
vs Div1-10-11-01-10-11-0112.00119.00-7.00
vs EAST0-00-00-00-00-00-00.000.000.00
vs WEST1-20-21-01-20-21-0112.00119.00-7.00

Supergrid

TitleStatRankStatRank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense114.677119.0028
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense109.0010113.5023
Away Team Road Rebounds vs Home Team Home Rebounds Allowed38.002450.5025
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense112.009110.0023
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense102.0017104.0013
Home Team Home Rebounds vs Away Team Road Rebounds Allowed45.001444.0013

Head To Head Summary

TeamrecordATSO/UAVGAVG ½FG%REB3PTsteals
Washington8-26-46-4108.1052.9045.1442.9091/2629.00
LA Lakers2-84-66-4101.9052.7048.4844.6077/2259.80

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineATSTotalO/UFG% EdgeReb Edge3PT EdgeAway Half ScoreHome Half ScoreAway FG%Home FG%Away ReboundsHome ReboundsAway Three PointersHome Three PointersAway StealsHome Steals
Mar 28, 2017WAS119LAL1089WAS225.5OWASLALLAL555851.150.641436/238/22126
Feb 2, 2017LAL108WAS116-10.5LAL219.5OLALLALPush44584645.8474512/3912/33611
Mar 27, 2016WAS101LAL889WAS213.5UWASPushPush504454.237.942427/207/281212
Dec 2, 2015LAL108WAS104-10LAL204OWASLALLAL575142.746.845418/257/211811
Jan 27, 2015WAS98LAL929LAL193.5UWASWASLAL465748.742.551384/165/2089
Dec 3, 2014LAL95WAS111-8.5WAS208.5UWASWASLAL525438.848.4435312/296/1986
Mar 21, 2014WAS117LAL1074.5WAS219OWASPushWAS584748.347.3444410/257/19912
Nov 26, 2013LAL111WAS116-5.5LAL198.5OLALWASLAL55595352.9344213/286/21415
Mar 22, 2013WAS103LAL100-9WAS198.5OLALLALPush41574648.1394811/2611/2385
Dec 14, 2012LAL102WAS966.5WAS200ULALWASPush585545.143.445488/298/21106

NBA Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Washington Wizards

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Oct 23, 2017DEN109-104W5224.5W/U44.0592.869A
Oct 20, 2017DET115-111W-7211.5L/O54.7982.866H
Oct 18, 2017PHI120-115W-6.5217.5L/O43.3078.956H
May 15, 2017BOS105-115L5211L/O45.0079.3110A
May 12, 2017BOS92-91W-5214.5L/U43.0261.905H

Los Angeles Lakers

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Oct 22, 2017NOH112-119L4.5221.5L/O48.8975.009H
Oct 20, 2017PHO132-130W3220.5W/O51.0672.7312A
Oct 19, 2017LAC92-108L6.5219L/U40.6660.874H
Apr 12, 2017GS94-109L13.5222L/U44.0957.144A
Apr 11, 2017NOH108-96W-2.5218.5W/U47.7369.578H

Next up:
Washington at Golden State Friday, October 27
Los Angeles home to Toronto Friday, October 27

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