Indiana Pacers at Washington Wizards - 3/28/14
Indiana Pacers (52-20) at Washington Wizards (36-35)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Wizards +3.5 -- Over/Under: 190.5 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Wizards hope to get back on track Friday night when they host the Indiana Pacers. This is the third and final meeting between the teams, and the Pacers lead the series 2-0.
The Pacers are coming off a monster 84-83 Wednesday victory over the Miami Heat. It was the Pacers sixth win in their last nine games, and Paul George led the way with 23 points. On the season, the Pacers average 97.6 points on 45 percent shooting and allow 91.7 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Those defensive numbers have dropped to 85 points on 41.2 percent shooting in the Pacers last five games. The Pacers have allowed only one team to score over 100 points in eight of their last nine games. The Indiana Pacers are 35-36-1 ATS overall and 15-20 ATS on the road.
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The Wizards have lost four of their last five games and are quickly losing ground in the playoff race. On the season, the Wizards average 100.9 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allow 100.5 points on 46.3 percent shooting. However, the Wizards are allowing 108.8 points on 47.3 percent shooting in their last five games. During this losing stretch, John Wall is shooting 46.5 percent from the field and is averaging 9.4 assists. The Washington Wizards are 36-34-1 ATS overall and 13-20-1 ATS at home.
The Pacers are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-17 ATS in their last 21 road games. The Wizards are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 15-7 ATS in their last 22 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
I’ll take the Wizards and the points. The Pacers are coming off a big win over the Heat and are due for a letdown. Meanwhile, the Wizards need this win to help solidify their playoff spot with the season quickly coming to an end.