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NBA : ATS Matchup
Friday 8/7/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore




WASHINGTON (24 - 44) vs. NEW ORLEANS (29 - 39)
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Friday, 8/7/2020 8:00 PM
Visa Athletic Center - Lake Buena Vista, FL
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710NEW ORLEANS-7.5-8.5
WASHINGTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games24-44-12.634-3339-28115.058.346.0%50.2119.462.848.9%55.2
Road Games8-28-1616-1923-13114.956.846.1%49.0122.764.949.9%55.0
Last 5 Games1-4-3.22-33-2108.450.844.9%51.6115.260.248.0%50.6
WASHINGTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)115.058.342-9146.0%12-3337.1%19-2578.6%501025238134
vs opponents surrendering111.255.741-8846.1%12-3435.9%18-2377.0%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)114.956.842-9146.1%12-3336.7%19-2478.8%491026238144
Stats Against (All Games)119.462.843-8848.9%12-3337.5%21-2677.7%551025228155
vs opponents averaging110.555.540-8845.8%12-3435.6%18-2376.9%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)122.764.944-8849.9%13-3338.9%22-2779.7%551026228165

NEW ORLEANS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games29-39-12.833-3136-32115.858.746.3%56.5117.160.246.5%53.9
Road Games16-20+1.218-1419-17113.658.446.0%55.6116.961.445.9%55.1
Last 5 Games2-3-1.83-21-4112.260.847.6%57.4115.663.243.9%53.6
NEW ORLEANS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)115.858.743-9246.3%14-3737.1%17-2372.4%561127218165
vs opponents surrendering11155.741-8945.7%12-3435.6%18-2377.3%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)113.658.442-9246.0%14-3737.3%16-2271.6%561126228175
Stats Against (All Games)117.160.243-9246.5%12-3435.8%19-2578.3%541025219145
vs opponents averaging112.156.341-8946.1%12-3435.8%18-2377.6%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)116.961.442-9245.9%12-3535.8%20-2578.7%551025209145
Average power rating of opponents played: WASHINGTON 94.8,  NEW ORLEANS 96.9
WASHINGTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/7/2020*NEW ORLEANS              
8/9/2020*OKLAHOMA CITY              

NEW ORLEANS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/1/2020*LA CLIPPERS103-126L8.5L239U38-8544.7%591837-8742.5%5610
8/9/2020*SAN ANTONIO              
COACH: Scott Brooks (fourth season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Ish Smith (8.9 ppg with Detroit), G Bradley Beal (25.6 ppg), F Rui Hachimura (19.7 ppg with Gonzaga), F Davis Bertans (8.0 ppg with San Antonio), C Thomas Bryant (10.5 ppg).
KEY LOSSES: F Jeff Green, F Trevor Ariza, F Markieff Morris, C Dwight Howard, F Sam Dekker, F Jabari Parker, F Bobby Portis, G Tomas Satoransky.
KEY ADDITIONS: F Rui Hachimura, G Ish Smith, G-F C.J. Miles, F Moe Wagner, G-F Isaac Bonga, F Davis Bertans, G-F Admiral Schofield, G Justin Robinson, G Justin Anderson, G Isaiah Thomas.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: As Washington tries to find a way forward with a mostly new roster after losing 50 games, everyone in a Wizards uniform will be judged for his possible role in the future. The most scrutiny will fall on two players: rookie Rui Hachimura, a first-round draft pick from Gonzaga, and All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal. With Hachimura, it's about adapting to the pro game and seeing how much potential he has. With Beal, undoubtedly Washington's best player and closest thing now to a transcendent star, it's about whether he can up his level even more ... and where he will attempt to do that. Will he commit to the Wizards and will they build around him? Or will they start over even more completely by trading him?
OUTLOOK: With John Wall out for most, and maybe all, of the season after rupturing his Achilles tendon, plus several other offseason injuries, and a wholesale revamping of the roster under way, new GM Tommy Sheppard knows that there is no point in aiming for any particular win total, let alone the playoffs. So instead of the sort of grand pronouncements about quantifiable goals that were so common with this club in the past, Sheppard is emphasizing the importance of development ' figuring out who can do what and who should be a part of the long-term plan. The Wizards are not going to be very good in 2019-20, but they are hoping this will be the start of moving in the right direction.
NEW ORLEANS: LAST SEASON: 33-49, finished tied for 12th in Western Conference.
COACH: Alvin Gentry (fifth season with Pelicans, 145-183; 17th season overall, 480-553).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Lonzo Ball (9.9 ppg), G Jrue Holiday (21.2), F Brandon Ingram (18.3), F Zion Williamson (rookie), C Derrick Favors (11.8).
KEY LOSSES: F Anthony Davis, F Julius Randle, G Elfrid Payton.
KEY ADDITIONS: F Williamson, F Ingram, G Ball, C Favors, G J.J. Redick, G Nickeil Alexander-Walker, C Jaxson Hayes.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Williamson was the No. 1 overall pick in last summer's NBA draft, was a highlight machine at Duke and has looked fearless in his first NBA preseason ' taking the ball to the hoop against the best interior defenders in the league and scoring more than 20 points in multiple games. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound rookie is a social media phenomenon and filling arenas everywhere he goes. But the additions of Ball and Redick will be important to New Orleans as well.
OUTLOOK: Of the Pelicans' four new starters brought in by Griffin, one was picked No. 1 overall this summer and two Ingram and Ball were picked second overall within the previous three years by the Lakers before being packaged with Josh Hart and draft picks in a trade sending Davis to Los Angeles. Combined with savvy veterans like Holiday and Favors, not to mention Redick off the bench, there are high hopes in New Orleans that the Pelicans are trending upward and might even contend for a playoff spot this season. The Pelicans also expect 2019 first-round picks Alexander-Walker and Hayes to contribute this season.
Pelicans can't afford loss to woeful Wizards

The Washington Wizards are using the NBA restart to build for the future.

The New Orleans Pelicans might find themselves doing the same thing if they don't beat the Wizards on Friday at the Visa Athletic Center near Orlando.

The Pelicans have been in the thick of the tight battle get into a play-in opportunity in the Western Conference playoff race. However, their challenge got more difficult when they lost 140-125 to the Sacramento Kings on Thursday, leaving them 1-3 in the restart and 29-39 overall with four games to play.

"We have to come together as a whole team and discuss how we can get better," rookie forward Zion Williamson told reporters after scoring 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting.

It was the second time in three games that porous New Orleans defense led to a double-digit loss. The Pelicans trailed the Clippers 77-45 at intermission on the way to a 126-103 loss on Saturday.

The halftime deficit against the Clippers was the largest in franchise history. The 49 points allowed to the Kings in the first quarter on Thursday were the most in any quarter in franchise history -- and Sacramento added 40 points in the third quarter.

"You just can't give up a 49-point quarter and you can't give up a 40-point quarter," New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said. "We've got to be much more active defensively."

The Pelicans enter Thursday in a tie with the Kings for 12th place, 2 1/2 games behind the eighth-place Memphis Grizzlies and two games back of ninth place, the spot needed to potentially get into a play-in scenario.

"We've got to lock in, take pride, just be able to be disappointed when somebody scores on you," New Orleans guard Jrue Holiday said. "This game is hard. It's tough to play, but you've got to do it."

The Wizards are one of the youngest teams in the NBA and are 0-4 in the restart while playing without leading scorers Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans.

"I think this is a great opportunity for us to put a lot of intensity on each game," Washington coach Scott Brooks said, according to the team website. "It also gives a chance to evaluate some of your younger players and see how they play in these situations. ... We have a lot of guys who don't have a lot of NBA experience, so this is great for them."

One of the young players taking advantage of the opportunity is Thomas Bryant, who has had a double-double in each of the last three games, averaging 23 points and 11.3 rebounds in that run.

"It's a step in the right direction," Bryant said. "Keep improving every day -- that's my main thing, just to keep improving, especially on the defensive end, guarding multiple positions, taking the challenge head-on and being a guy this team can (count) on."

The Wizards (24-44) have the worst record of the 22 teams participating in the restart.

"Our mission, our job, our goals have not changed," Brooks said. "I know we're not happy with (the record), but our job is still the same -- come out here and get better every day.

"Going forward, this is going to help us. It's definitely going to help us in the long run when everybody is whole. This is a valuable experience that a lot of teams don't get, but we get to get it. We're competing. We're not wasting these games, these times or these minutes."

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 9/18/2020 2:33:27 PM EST

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