Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards - 5/11/14
Indiana Pacers (56-26) at Washington Wizards (44-38)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Wizards -4.5 -- Over/Under: 180 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Wizards will be hoping to level the series at 2-2 tonight when they take on the Indiana Pacers in Game 4.
Seemingly out of the blue, the Pacers have finally started to play like the team that dominated the early part of the season as they look to earn a 3-1 series lead tonight after trouncing the Wizards by 85-63 in Game 3. Paul George led the scoring with 23 points while Roy Hibbert added 14 points of his own, but this game was all about defense and that's where the Pacers absolutely dominated by holding the Wizards to just 3 of 26 on contested jump shots and just 32.9 percent shooting overall.
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As for the Wizards, Bradley Beal led the scoring with 16 points while John Wall added 16, but overall it was just one of the worst shooting performances I've ever seen as evidenced by the final tally of just 63 points. The Wizards just couldn't get any momentum going on the offensive end and it's tough to see how they can turn things around in Game 4 tonight, but they have to find a way to speed up the tempo of the game and open up the court with three-point shooting.
In ATS trends, the Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 8-0 ATS in their last eight games after allowing less than 75 points in the previous game, while the Wizards are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 against the Eastern Conference.
The Wizards just can't afford to head back to Indiana down 3-1 but given what I've seen in the last two games, I can't see the Wizards turning the series back in their favor tonight. I'm going to stick with the hotter team and take Indiana tonight.