The Washington Wizards have another chance to reach the playoffs, but they need to defeat the Indiana Pacers, who demolished Charlotte in their play-in game. These two teams met recently, and it was a superb game for watching, with the team from DC narrowly winning after OT.
Indiana Pacers +135
The Pacers are playing well lately. They have two losses in the past five games, but they were against the Bucks and the Lakers. On the other side, Nate Bjorkgren’s team beat the 76ers, Raptors, and the Hornets last night.
Against Charlotte, the Pacers dropped 144 points, allowing 117, and it was one of the best offensive displays this team had during this year. Right away, they would start pouring baskets, delivering 40 in the opening 12 minutes, which is superb.
Domantas Sabonis was one assist short of a triple-double with 14 points, impressive 21 boards besides those nine dimes. The Lithuanian All-Star delivers 20.3 points, 12 boards, and 6,7 assists each night.
Washington Wizards -162
Wizards lost to the Celtics 118-100 because they didn’t have any solutions for a fantastic Jayson Tatum. The Cs leader had 50 buckets in this game and was a mystery for the Wizards’ defense.
On the other hand, the Wizards leading duo, Beal-Westbrook, was not in the mood, combining for just 44 points while shooting threes 1-for-10. Westbrook had 20 points, 14 rebounds, and five assists, while Beal added 22 points and nine boards, assisting six times to his teammates.
What was also a big problem for Washington is the inability of all the other players to step up and take matters into their hands. Davis Bertans, one of the best three-point shooters in the league, missed all of his seven attempts from downtown.
Pacers vs. Wizards Head to Head
Washington won in all three games this year against the Pacers. The last one was in Indianapolis, 133-132 after overtime, while the previous one on May 3 ended with Wizards posting one of the most impressive wins of the year, 154-141.
Pacers vs. Wizards Pick
In the moments of writing this article, the oddsmakers haven’t released the line for the total number of points. We expect it to be at least 240 points because of the history between these two teams and their style of play. As you could see, both Indiana and Washington aren’t keen on making some effort in defense. Therefore, if the line for the total number of points is 240 or lower, feel free to pick Over.
Pick: Over 240 points