Pacers vs. Wizards - 11/8/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Wizards (4-2) at Indiana Pacers (1-5)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers +3.5 -- Over/Under: 185.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-DC, FSN-IN
The Washington Wizards and Indiana Pacers square off Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Washington Wizards are coming off a beat down loss Friday night to the Toronto Raptors and have now lost two of their four road games. In the loss, the Wizards shot just 36.1 percent from the field and allowed 43.8 percent shooting and 103 points. Not a single Washington starter scored in the double figures. The Washington Wizards have lost six of their last eight regular season games when allowing 100 or more points. Paul Pierce is just 6-26 from the field in his last two games and John Wall has 34 assists in his last four games. Marcin Gortat has grabbed 20 rebounds in his last two games and is second on the team with an average of 15.6 points per game. The Washington Wizards have all of the weapons to be a dangerous team in the East but just need to show a little more consistency.
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The Indiana Pacers have lost five straight games and are certainly missing their key contributors who are out with injuries. In a Friday night loss to the Boston Celtics, the Pacers shot just 26.3 percent from downtown and 45.5 percent from the field. The Pacers have scored under 100 points in five straight games and have lost 11 straight regular season games when that’s the case. Chris Copeland leads the Pacers with 17.2 points and Donald Sloan has 46 points in his last two games. Roy Hibbert has two double doubles in his last four games and is clearly starting to get back in the form he was early last season. Defense is what keeps the Indiana Pacers in games, as they’re allowing 94.6 points on 42.6 percent shooting from the field.
The Wizards are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 0 days rest and 35-16 ATS in their last 51 road games. The Pacers are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games playing on 0 days rest and 7-17 ATS in their last 24 home games. The Wizards are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Indiana and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
You have to like the Washington Wizards in this spot considering they're the much better offensive team. Even with the Pacers playing great defense, they seriously lack scoring threats to keep up. Look for the Wizards to bounce back here with a solid performance that covers the small number.