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2021 NBA Handicapping
(30-33) Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards (29-35)
Date: Monday, May 3rd
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Wizards -5
NBA Betting Total: 245.5
On Monday, May 3rd the Indiana Pacers and Washington Wizards meet for the second time this season. In the initial meeting on March 29th, the Wizards won 132-124.
This contest has major seeding implications for both teams as will the third game they play on May 8th. Entering the match the Wizards are residing in the final seed to enter the play-in tournament (10th) while the Pacers are just above them in ninth. Indy has a 1.5 edge over the Wizards who have a 2.5 edge over the Raptors.
Obviously, there are other matches on the schedule that will factor but winning both games would have significant implications. If Washington wins both matches, it would pull them into the ninth spot or if Indy wins both it puts some distance between themselves and the Wizards.
Moreover, if the Pacers pull off the double suddenly the 10th seed gets interesting as the Wizards still have a game versus the Raptors.
It’s been a brutal stretch for the Pacers who’ve been mired by injury particularly upfront. Domantas Sabonis returned Saturday just in time to face his former Thunder team on what would be a record-setting night.
Sabonis registered a triple-double by the half, finishing with 26 points, 19 rebounds, and 14 assists plus a steal along with two 3-pointers. Another former OKC player Doug McDermott also had a big night scoring a career-high 31 points.
Oshae Brissett continued his hot streak with a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds. Both the point total and margin of victory (152-95) were franchise-bests
Goga Bitadze (ankle sprain) and Myles Turner (partial plantar plate tear – toe) have missed six and seven games respectively but Bitadze may return Monday.
Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring) and Jeremy Lamb (knee) are questionable, Edmond Sumner (knee contusion) is probable, and JaKarr Sampson (concussion) is out.
The Wizards stumbled to start the season (3-12) but recently have been among the hottest teams in the association.
Yet, a closer look pinpoints an interesting trend. Washington feasts on sub .500 teams (16-11) including seven of the wins they collected during the eight-game win streak.
However, they are 13-24 versus the higher seeds. Since the All-Star Break, the only top teams they’ve beaten are the Jazz twice and the LeBron-less Lakers.
In week 19, they beat LA and the Cavaliers then lost an overtime match to the Spurs and a one-point nailbiter to the Mavericks.
Versus Dallas, Russell Westbrook just missed a triple-double (42 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists). Bradley Beal (29) and Rui Hachimura (18) were the only other double-figure contributors.
Of their eight remaining games, they’ll face four seeds (Hawks twice, Bucks, Hornets), a lottery club (Cavs) plus the teams in front and behind them (Indy twice, Raptors).
Deni Avdija (ankle fracture) and Thomas Bryant (knee) are lost for the season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Pacers are 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Pacers are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 4-5-1 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards NBA Prediction:
Sabonis gave the Pacers the shot in the arm they needed but also need Brogdon to return to stay afloat, Meanwhile, the Wizards need more than the trio of Beal, Westbrook, and Hachimura contributing offensively.
My gut says Brogdon plays and his defense on Westbrook will be the difference.
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