Indiana Pacers (35-27) at Washington Wizards (36-27)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 6:00 pm (Capitol One Arena)
The Line: Washington Wizards -3.5 -- Over/Under: 208.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Indiana Pacers and the Washington Wizards duke it out at the Capital One Arena on Sunday night.
The Indiana Pacers have been in pretty good form lately as they’ve won five of their last seven games and they will be looking to build on Friday’s 103-96 win at Milwaukee. Victor Oladipo led the team with 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists, Lance Stephenson added 16 points while Bogdan Bogdanovic chipped in with 14 points. As a team, the Pacers shot 44 percent from the field and six of 16 from the three-point line as they held on for the narrow win after leading by as many as 17 points midway through the fourth quarter. With the win, Indiana improved to 35-27 overall and 14-16 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Washington Wizards have split their last 10 games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight loss after falling to the Raptors in a 102-95 home loss on Friday. Otto Porter Jr. led the team with 24 points on nine of 12 shooting, Bradley Beal added 23 points with seven rebounds and six assists while Markieff Morris chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Wizards shot 45 percent from the field and nine of 24 from the three-point line but they were completely outmatched in terms of bench scoring as the Wizards’ reserves were outscored by 50-15. With the loss, Washington dropped to 36-27 overall and 18-13 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pacers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven Sunday games, 5-1 ATS in their last six against the Eastern Conference and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall. Meanwhile, the Wizards are 4-1 ATS in their last five against a team with a winning record, 2-6 ATS in their last eight home games against a team with a losing road record and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall.
Head to head, the road team is 22-5 ATS in the last 27 meetings, the Pacers are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall but a healthy 8-1 ATS in the last nine meetings in Washington.
The Wizards went on a bit of a surge when John Wall first went down with injury, but they’ve cooled off with a couple of losses on the trot. The Pacers have been pretty solid lately as they’ve covered in five of their last seven games and six of their last seven Sunday games. The road team has owned this matchup in recent season and the Pacers have covered in eight of the last nine meetings in Washington, so that’s where I’m leaning in this one.