Indiana Pacers at Washington Wizards NBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/9/14 Game Three
Indiana Pacers (56-26) at Washington Wizards (44-38)
NBA Basketball: Friday, May 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Wizards -3.5 -- Over/Under: 184 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers and Washington Wizards will play game three of their NBA playoff series on Friday night. The series is tied at 1-1.
The Pacers shot 44.4 percent from the field in the game two win and Roy Hibbert actually showed up by grabbing nine rebounds and scoring 28 points. It was the most rebounds Hibbert has grabbed and just the second time he’s scored in the double figures in the playoffs. Defensively, the Pacers are allowing 91.8 points on 40 percent shooting in their last five games and are now 8-2 SU in their last 10 games when allowing less than 100 points. Paul George has shot under 40 percent in both games in this series. The Indiana Pacers are 42-48-1 ATS overall and 19-25 ATS on the road.
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The Wizards shot just 23.8 percent from downtown and received only six points from John Wall in the game two loss. A far cry from what the Wizards did in game one, they’re still shooting 39.3 percent from three in their last five games. Wall has got to be a little more offensive minded, as he’s shooting just 32.7 percent throughout the playoffs and just 16.7 percent from three. Defensively, the Wizards are allowing 88 points on 42.2 percent shooting in their last five games. The Wizards now return home, a place where they shoot 46.2 percent from the field and have won six of their last nine. The Washington Wizards are 49-39-1 ATS overall and 18-24-1 ATS at home.
The Pacers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 8-22 ATS in their last 30 road games. The Wizards are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS win. The Pacers are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Hibbert had the game of his season and the game still came down to the wire, and the Wizards probably should have won if they didn't start jacking up threes for the final two minutes. The Pacers are widely inconsistent and don't have enough offense to keep up with the Wizards versatility. The shots will fall on their home court and the Wizards will win and cover.