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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

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Washington 3-0 1-2 114.67 110.00 4.67 0-2 1-0 2-1 2-0 0-1
LA Lakers 1-2 1-2 112.00 119.00 -7 0-2 1-0 2-1 1-1 1-0
Power Stats
Assists Turnovers
Name Assists Turnovers Ratio
WAS 23.33 12.67 1.84
LAL 23.33 18.33 1.27
Rebounding
Name Offense Defense Total
WAS 11.00 30.67 41.67
LAL 8.67 35.33 44
ShootingPercentage
Name Offense Defense Differential
WAS 46.85 48.64 -1.79
LAL 46.91 47.52 -0.61
Team Records

Washington Wizards

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 3-0 2-0 1-0 1-2 0-2 1-0 114.67 110.00 4.67
Last 10 3-0 2-0 1-0 1-2 0-2 1-0 114.67 110.00 4.67
vs Div 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.00 0.00 0.00
vs EAST 2-0 2-0 0-0 0-2 0-2 0-0 117.50 113.00 4.50
vs WEST 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 109.00 104.00 5.00

Los Angeles Lakers

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 1-2 0-2 1-0 1-2 0-2 1-0 112.00 119.00 -7.00
Last 10 1-2 0-2 1-0 1-2 0-2 1-0 112.00 119.00 -7.00
vs Div 1-1 0-1 1-0 1-1 0-1 1-0 112.00 119.00 -7.00
vs EAST 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.00 0.00 0.00
vs WEST 1-2 0-2 1-0 1-2 0-2 1-0 112.00 119.00 -7.00

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 114.67 7 119.00 28
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 109.00 10 113.50 23
Away Team Road Rebounds vs Home Team Home Rebounds Allowed 38.00 24 50.50 25
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 112.00 9 110.00 23
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 102.00 17 104.00 13
Home Team Home Rebounds vs Away Team Road Rebounds Allowed 45.00 14 44.00 13

Head To Head Summary

Team record ATS O/U AVG AVG ½ FG% REB 3PT steals
Washington 8-2 6-4 6-4 108.10 52.90 45.14 42.90 91/262 9.00
LA Lakers 2-8 4-6 6-4 101.90 52.70 48.48 44.60 77/225 9.80

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line ATS Total O/U FG% Edge Reb Edge 3PT Edge Away Half Score Home Half Score Away FG% Home FG% Away Rebounds Home Rebounds Away Three Pointers Home Three Pointers Away Steals Home Steals
Mar 28, 2017 WAS 119 LAL 108 9 WAS 225.5 O WAS LAL LAL 55 58 51.1 50.6 41 43 6/23 8/22 12 6
Feb 2, 2017 LAL 108 WAS 116 -10.5 LAL 219.5 O LAL LAL Push 44 58 46 45.8 47 45 12/39 12/33 6 11
Mar 27, 2016 WAS 101 LAL 88 9 WAS 213.5 U WAS Push Push 50 44 54.2 37.9 42 42 7/20 7/28 12 12
Dec 2, 2015 LAL 108 WAS 104 -10 LAL 204 O WAS LAL LAL 57 51 42.7 46.8 45 41 8/25 7/21 18 11
Jan 27, 2015 WAS 98 LAL 92 9 LAL 193.5 U WAS WAS LAL 46 57 48.7 42.5 51 38 4/16 5/20 8 9
Dec 3, 2014 LAL 95 WAS 111 -8.5 WAS 208.5 U WAS WAS LAL 52 54 38.8 48.4 43 53 12/29 6/19 8 6
Mar 21, 2014 WAS 117 LAL 107 4.5 WAS 219 O WAS Push WAS 58 47 48.3 47.3 44 44 10/25 7/19 9 12
Nov 26, 2013 LAL 111 WAS 116 -5.5 LAL 198.5 O LAL WAS LAL 55 59 53 52.9 34 42 13/28 6/21 4 15
Mar 22, 2013 WAS 103 LAL 100 -9 WAS 198.5 O LAL LAL Push 41 57 46 48.1 39 48 11/26 11/23 8 5
Dec 14, 2012 LAL 102 WAS 96 6.5 WAS 200 U LAL WAS Push 58 55 45.1 43.4 45 48 8/29 8/21 10 6

NBA Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Washington Wizards

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Oct 23, 2017 DEN 109-104 W 5 224.5 W/U 44.05 92.86 9 A
Oct 20, 2017 DET 115-111 W -7 211.5 L/O 54.79 82.86 6 H
Oct 18, 2017 PHI 120-115 W -6.5 217.5 L/O 43.30 78.95 6 H
May 15, 2017 BOS 105-115 L 5 211 L/O 45.00 79.31 10 A
May 12, 2017 BOS 92-91 W -5 214.5 L/U 43.02 61.90 5 H

Los Angeles Lakers

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Oct 22, 2017 NOH 112-119 L 4.5 221.5 L/O 48.89 75.00 9 H
Oct 20, 2017 PHO 132-130 W 3 220.5 W/O 51.06 72.73 12 A
Oct 19, 2017 LAC 92-108 L 6.5 219 L/U 40.66 60.87 4 H
Apr 12, 2017 GS 94-109 L 13.5 222 L/U 44.09 57.14 4 A
Apr 11, 2017 NOH 108-96 W -2.5 218.5 W/U 47.73 69.57 8 H

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

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