Washington Wizards vs. Indiana Pacers - 11/5/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (1-3) at Washington Wizards (3-1)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Wizards -8.5 -- Over/Under: 192.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN, FSN-IN, CSN-DC
The Indiana Pacers and Washington Wizards play Wednesday night at the Verizon Center.
The Indiana Pacers have lost three straight games, including their Tuesday loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. The Pacers are struggling offensively worse than ever without Paul George, George Hill and David West on the court. Right now, the Pacers are relying on guys such as Chris Copeland and Roy Hibbert to carry the load at both ends of the floor, which simply isn’t enough. However, Copeland has scored a combined 40 points in his last two games and has given Indiana a much needed spark from downtown. Other than that, the Pacers are extremely limited offensively and have lost nine straight games when scoring less than 100 points. Defensively, the Indiana Pacers are allowing 96.7 points on 43.9 percent shooting, which is the only thing keeping them in games at the moment.
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The Washington Wizards have won three straight games and return home after beating the New York Knicks on Tuesday. The Wizards have shown to be a dangerous team when everybody is on the court, and the scary part is that Bradley Beal is still out with an injury. Paul Pierce has scored 16 or more points in three of the Wizards four games and John Wall is averaging 10 assists per game. Look for Marcin Gortat and Nene Hilario to have better games, as they combined for 6-16 from the field Tuesday night. Overall, the Wizards are moving the ball well and getting quality shots on much of their possessions. Defensively, the Washington Wizards are allowing 100.7 points on 47.2 percent shooting from the field. The Wizards are a serious team to keep an eye on this season.
The Pacers are 9-19 ATS in their last 28 road games and 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games playing on 0 days rest. The Wizards are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 0 days rest and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The Pacers are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Washington, while the underdog is 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
The Pacers have been brutal against the number going back to last season and not much has changed. Washington is one of the better teams in the East and should have little trouble beating up a banged up Indiana squad. Give me the Wizards by double digits.