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(38-20) Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards (24-34)
Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Wizards -1
NBA Betting Total: 221½
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The Pacers and Wizards are too of the more lowkey interesting teams you might not have even realized you should be interested in.
Indiana somehow, someway still holds the No. 3 seed out East even after losing its best player, Victor Oladipo, for the season to a leg injury. The Wizards refuse to exit the playoff race despite losing their best player, John Wall, also to the year, as they sit just three games out of the No. 8 seed.
These two tip off at 7:00 p.m. in Washington D.C. with plenty on the line despite it still being February.
The Pacers enter this game having lost their last outing, but they’ve gone a respectable 6-4 over their last 10.
Against Washington, the Pacers need to lock in on Bradley Beal. Letting the role players get comfortable and have productive games has proved in the recent past to make games interesting, but without John Wall, Brad Beal can’t alone get this team to any sort of prominent standing.
Indiana can feel free to lay off the likes of Trevor Ariza, Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker.
That strategy doesn’t work for every team, as some are built to burn you where you don’t expect it.
This group, however, you can plan on doubling down on its start. And that’s what the Pacers need to do to take Beal out—the one player who can make life difficult on them in any sort of meaningful way.
Washington has a top-eight offense so far this season. But it’s going up against the No. 1 defense in the league as far as points per game allowed goes.
On the other hand, Washington is 29th defensive team in that category. Luckily, it’s going up against an offense that is just 22nd in scoring.
More simply put: The Wizards need to buckle down on defense. Their offense is going to get into a rhythm despite Indiana’s great defense—you can count on that at some point. The question is whether or not their poor defense is going to be more impactful than Indiana’s poor offense.
If it is, the game plan remains neutral. And that may not sound like the most exciting approach to a game, but it’s far better than the opposit.
Because if Washington’s poor defense lets a bad offense get going, the Pacers will run away with this one.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 9-0 in IND last 9 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Under is 7-1 in IND last 8 Sat. games.
- IND are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games.
- WAS are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games.
- Over is 37-15 in WAS last 52 Sat. games.
- Road team is 23-9 ATS in the last 32 meetings.
Free Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards NBA Prediction:
The key matchup here really is Washington’s defense against Indiana’s offense. The problem for the home team is that their bad defense isn’t even good enough to contain the 22nd ranked offense in the league.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Pacers ATS
The Pacers should win this game, as we see a rare offensive explosion from the likes of Domantas Sabonis and Co.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Indiana Pacers 118 – Washington Wizards 108
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