Washington Wizards (2-4) at Indiana Pacers (3-4)
7 P.M., NBCSN Washington
Expected Starters – Washington:
- Isaiah Thomas (G)
- Bradley Beal (G)
- Isaac Bonga (F)
- Rui Hachimura (F)
- Thomas Bryant (C)
Injury Report – Washington:
- John Wall (Out – Achilles)
- Ian Mahinmi (Out – Achilles)
- Jordan McRae (Questionable – Finger)
Expected Starters – Indiana:
- Malcolm Brogdon (G)
- Jeremy Lamb (G)
- T.J. Warren (F)
- JaKarr Sampson (F)
- Goga Bitadze (C)
Injury Report – Indiana:
- Victor Oladipo (Out –Knee)
- Myles Turner (Questionable – Ankle)
- Doug McDermott (Questionable – Foot)
- Domantis Sabonis (Questionable – Calf)
- Edmond Sumner (Out – Hand
BY THE NUMBERS
– Indiana Pacers
- PPG 107.3 (19th)
- RPG 44.0 (22nd)
- APG 24.7 (9th)
- OPG 106.4 (8th)
- FG% 45.9% (15th)
- 3PT FG% 33.5% (20th)
– Washington Wizards
- PPG 116.8 (5th)
- RPG 42.5 (25th)
- APG 26.0 (5th)
- OPG 117.7 (26th)
- FG% 46.1% (12th)
- 3PT FG% 36.1% (10th)
These teams have yet to match up against one another this season.
Bradley Beal vs Malcolm Brogdon
- 36th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft from University of Virginia.
- Averaging 23.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 9.4 assists as a starter.
- Shooting 49.6% from the field, 31.6% from 3 (5.4 attempts), and 97.4% from the free throw line on 6 attempts per game
- Currently ranked 3rd in the NBA in assists per game, but also averaging the most turnovers in his career with 3.1 per game
- Most recent member to join the 50/40/90 club last season – 8th NBA player to accomplish this
- 67.5% of Brogdon’s FG attempts this year, have been after 3 or more dribbles. With the Bucks, this % was typically at around ~43%. This clearly shows that he has taken on a new role with this Pacers team.
- 3rd pick in the 2012 NBA Draft from University of Florida.
- Averaging 26.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 6.3 assists.
- Shooting 40.6% from the field, 33.3% from 3 (9 attempts), and 78.7% from the free throw line on close to 8 attempts per game.
- 54/128 (42.2%) of all attempts coming from 3 point range.
- Wizards have a -8.6 net rating with Beal on the court, and a +16.7 net rating with Beal off the court.
To put it simply, the Indiana Pacers are a good defensive team, and the Wizards are not. On the other hand, the Wizards are a pretty good offensive team, and the Pacers are not. The Wizards have conceded 706 points so far in 6 games – the Pacers, 743 points…in 7 games.
The Pacers are again without their leading scorer and sole All-Star, Victor Oladipo. As such, the Pacers have relied heavily on the remainder of their starters in order to make due without Oladipo – their usual 5 starters are averaging double digit points, and 32+ minutes per game so far this year.
Meanwhile, in atypical Wizards fashion, the bench is producing. The team currently has 9 players averaging double digit points, and 11 players are averaging 19+ minutes. In the last full season under the old regime (2017-18), only 5 players averaged double digit points, and only 7 players averaged over 19+ minutes.
The main points of focus for the Washington Wizards should be aiming to minimize Brogdon and Sabonis’ offensive impacts on the game, controlling the glass (ranks 19th in opponents rebounds per game), continuing their great 3 point shooting (36.1% on 36 attempts per game), and continuing to force turnovers against an Indiana team that typically does a great job protecting the ball. Washington currently ranks 9th in opponents turnovers forced per game with 17.3.
The Pacers are coming off an overtime back-to-back game against the Charlotte Hornets in which they lost, 120-122. If the Wizards are able to win the rebounding and 3 point shooting battles, then they should be able to come out with a comfortable victory against the Pacers tonight.