Lakers vs Wizards : Few players in the NBA can heat as quickly up as Kyle Kuzma, as evidenced by his 21-point outburst in the third quarter of Sunday’s win over Sacramento.
Team : Lakers vs Wizards
Date : Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Time : 10:30 PM ET
Kuzma did his damage in a multitude of ways, including attacking in transition and sinking four of his five 3-pointers. Getting his 3-ball back will be key for Kuz moving forward, as he has shot just 30.5 percent from deep this year — down 6.1 from his rookie season.
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But he had little trouble with it while dropping 29 points on the Kings. And, as with the entire season, he was a weapon in the paint, including his highlight slam off the drive.
McGee’s vertical spacing has been on full display, resulting in a feast of lobs for him to throw down. When not being fed by the likes of LeBron James, he has been active on the offensive glass and endlessly efficient (shooting 23-of-28 in the past two contests).
And it’s difficult to overstate McGee’s importance on the defensive side. With him patrolling the paint, Sacramento was forced into plenty of tough looks, with the Kings shooting a mere 35.2 percent on two-pointers at STAPLES Center.
3) Beal’s the real deal
The Wizards may be on a four-game losing streak, but they liable to erupt at any moment thanks to all-star Bradley Beal.
The sharpshooter is having a career year, ranking just outside of the NBA’s top 10 in both scoring and 3-pointers. And the Lakers should be seeing plenty of him, considering he leads the league in minutes played.
While John Wall may be out for the season, Washington’s supporting cast is still frisky. Bobby Portis and Tomas Satoransky have shot superbly from deep, while former Laker Thomas Bryant is the NBA’s most efficient player at the rim this year, hitting a whopping 80.5 percent in the restricted area.
Lakers: LeBron James (left knee contusion) is probable. Reggie Bullock (right plantar fasciitis) Mike Muscala (tibialis posterior tendinitis) are questionable. Josh Hart (right knee tendinitis), Brandon Ingram (thoracic outlet decompression, right arm) and Lonzo Ball (left ankle sprain) are out.
Wizards: Trevor Ariza (left groin strain) is doubtful. John Wall (left Achilles tendon tear) and Dwight Howard (L4-L5 lumbar microdisectomy procedure) are out. Disappointing teams looking toward next season collide on Tuesday when the Los Angeles Lakers host the Washington Wizards. It’s a 10:30 p.m. ET tipoff from Staples Center. The Lakers (32-41) won for just the second time in 12 games Sunday, 111-106 over visiting Sacramento, as LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Meanwhile, the Wizards (30-44) lost their fourth straight Saturday night, 113-108 at home to Miami, despite Jeff Green’s 25 points. Sportsbooks list L.A. as a 2-point home favorite in the latest Lakers vs. Wizards odds, with the over-under for total points set at 233. Before you make any Lakers vs. Wizards picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model, given the streak it’s on.
This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, entered Week 24 of the 2018-19 NBA season with a sterling 268-206 record on all top-rated picks, returning over $4,700 in profit to anybody following them. And it has been particularly red-hot on its A-rated NBA picks against the spread, entering Week 24 on a strong 65-48 run. Anybody who has followed it is way, way up.
Now, it has dialed in on Lakers vs. Wizards. We can tell you the model is leaning under, but it has an extremely strong against-the-spread pick that cashes in 70 percent of simulations. That pick is available only at SportsLine.
The model knows James hasn’t packed it in despite the fact he’ll miss the postseason for the first time since 2005. He’s coming off his 81st career triple-double and has accelerated the development of 23-year-old forward Kyle Kuzma. In his last four games, Kuzma is averaging 20.5 points.
But just because the Lakers are playing at home and boast a dynamic duo in James and Kuzma doesn’t mean they’ll cover the Lakers vs. Wizards spread.
Washington has won eight of the last 10 meetings. On Dec. 16, the host Wizards crushed the Lakers 128-110 while holding James to a season-low 13 points. Star Bradley Beal is averaging career highs in scoring (25.9), rebounds (5.2) and assists (5.6), and he’s determined to help Washington avoid tying its longest losing streak this season.
The Wizards, who are technically still alive for a playoff berth, have covered six of their last seven games versus Western Conference opponents.Our NBA Live Odds page pulls spreads and totals from multiple different online sportsbooks so you can compare betting odds to ensure you’re getting the best line.
LeBron James (groin) is listed as probable for Tuesday vs. the Wizards. We’re probably going to see LeBron on the injury report quite a bit with the Lakers eliminated. The probable tag means LeBron will likely play on Tuesday and rest on Wednesday vs. the Jazz for the second night of a back-to-back, so the best-case scenario for his fantasy owners is that he plays three out of the four games this week.