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(40-29) Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards (39-30)
Indiana last played Thursday in a loss to the Eastern Conference leading Raptors. Conversely, the Wizards had two full days of rest and positivity after coming back from 20 points down to beat the undermanned Boston Celtics.
Last season the Wizards won three of four meetings while the teams have split their two games this season. The Pacers hold the all-time record having bested the Wizards in 96 of their 173 matches.
This Pacers team is no joke and subsequently their current third place seed reflects the quality of ball Indiana is producing. Indiana’s balanced game is helping them maintain a home court seed and putting pressure on squads like the Cavaliers and Wizards who figured to take home court seeds.
On the season the Pacers rank 11th in both offense and defense, but there is a clear move to improve defensively. This has resulted in a top three defense since the break. Subsequently the Pacers offense has regressed (26th).
With the hardest eastern schedule remaining Indiana recognizes the need to improve defensively which presumably is the reason for this shift in concentration.
Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis are both questionable with ankle injuries.
Bradley Beal has stepped into the leadership role in John Wall’s absence and done an impressive job. The squad is functioning well on both sides of the court, but to suggest the Wizards are better without Wall is ridiculous.
Still, the experience players like Tomas Satoransky and Kelly Oubre Jr. are gaining will only serve to enhance the Wizards when they get their All-Star point guard back.
One area Washington is suffering without Wall is defense where they rank 20th post break (12th pre break).
The original six to eight week recovery time frame would have Wall returning sometime between now and the end of the month.
Wall is back on the court getting up shots and performing dribbling drills, but has yet to play five on five. Therefore, he’s on pace to meet his projected return but presumably will be out for this match.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The squads are 5-5 in the teams last 10 head to head contests
- Wizards are 6-4 ATS in last 10 head to head matchups.
- Over – under is 7-3 in last 10 head to head meetings.
Free Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards NBA Prediction:
Expect a battle between these squads as each is desirous of a home court seed. Since the teams only play three times the winner of this match will own the tiebreaker which could play a factor in seeds at season end.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Pacers ATS
This match marks the 12th playoff seed in 13 games the Wizards have faced. After this game the Wizards have a more balanced schedule to finish the season. However, the Pacers may be severely depleted upfront which plays to the Wizards advantage.
The key will be 100 points as the Pacers have won six consecutive games when they limit their opponent to less than 100 points. Given their records whoever wins this match will claim the higher seed.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Wizards 105 – Pacers 103
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