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2021 NBA Handicapping
(21-23) Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards (16-28)
Date: Monday, March 29th
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
NBA Moneyline Odds: Pacers -190| Wizards +165
NBA Betting Odds: Pacers -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 234.5
The Pacers are just percentage points out of the 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, but they’ll get a great chance to keep climbing that ladder with a visit to the struggling Wizards.
Washington is just 2-8 over their last 10 games, drifting ever-so-closely to an officially lost season. The Wizards are five games back from the 8 seed, but only the Magic and Pistons have worse records in the East.
Indiana should be well rested for this game, having the weekend off after a 109-94 win over Dallas on Friday night. The Mavs did not play Luka Doncic in that game, but Indiana was still good enough to get up 21 at one point.
Domantas Sabonis and Malcolm Brogdon both had 22 points to pace Indiana on Friday night. Their interior defense is a bit concerning though as Kristaps Porzingis went for 31 points and grabbed 18 rebounds.
Post play really isn’t a strength for Washington though. Not only that, opposing defenses can afford to be a little more lax with how many points the Wizards give up on the other end. Washington has the worst scoring defense in the league.
Indiana still has a decent defense though, ranking 11th in efficiency while Washington is 25th in that category. The Wizards are the 3rd worst team in the NBA vs. the C position, meaning a big night for Indiana’s Myles Turner should be coming.
Washington actually notched a win their last time out, beating Detroit 106-92 even though Bradley Beal had just 17 points. Russell Westbrook scored only 19, but also had 19 rebounds and 10 assists.
The Pistons are pretty bad though, losers of four straight and still in last place in the East. Even so, it was a second straight home win for the Wizards, who also beat Utah 131-122 on March 18th. There’s a three game road losing streak sandwiched between those wins.
Will it be another big night from Westbrook and/or Beal that powers Washington to a win – or at least to cover the +4.5? Beal has been held to 17 in two of his last four, and Westbrook hasn’t broken 20 the last three games.
The Pacers backcourt defense is pretty solid too, ranking 6th vs. the SG position and 14th vs. opposing point guards. Jrue Holiday recently had 28 points and 14 assists from the PG spot vs. Indiana though.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Pacers are15-5-1 ATS last 21 as a road favorite
- Pacers are 4-11 ATS last 15 overall
- Pacers are 1-4 ATS last 5 as a favorite
- Pacers are 0-4 ATS last 4 on 2 days rest
- Wizards are 4-1 ATS last 5 Monday games
- Over is 5-1 in Wizards last 6 as a home underdog
- Pacers are 11-3 ATS last 14 in Washington
Free Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards NBA Prediction:
Indiana does look like a tempting play after having the last two nights off, but they’ve failed to cover in four straight in this situation. That being said, neither Beal or Westbrook has had lights out scoring lately, which Washington needs with their horrible defense.
Indiana has a strong post game as well with Sabonis and Turner. The addition of Caris LeVert has helped their backcourt production as well. That’s just too many options against a bad Washington defense.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Pacers -4.5
Of course 40+ from Westbrook or Beal changes this game, but Indiana’s defense is good enough to make that unlikely.
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