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Wizards vs. Pacers Predictions, Odds, Preview

May 8, 2021
by Jonathan Willis
NBA Expert

As it stands currently, the Indiana Pacers and Washington Wizards would be the last two teams in the play-in tournament.

The Pacers have a half-game lead over the Wizards in the standings, and those two teams are 3.5 games ahead of the Chicago Bulls.

Both teams would like to catch the Charlotte Hornets to slip into the No. 8 seed, as that would assure them two cracks at making it to the playoffs.

Wizards vs. Pacers Betting Resources

Betting Odds - Wizards vs. Pacers

Line Movements

Subject to Change

  • Spread: Wizards -3.5
  • Money-Line: Washington -160, Indiana +140
  • Total: 247.5

The Pacers are coming off a home underdog victory over the Hawks as Indiana welcomes in Washington on Saturday. (AP)

Wizards vs. Pacers Current Form-Last Game

Indiana has been a mediocre team throughout the season. The Pacers have never been more than four games over .500 and less than five games under .500.

The Pacers are 5-5 over their last ten games, and only one of those victories came against a team that hasn’t been eliminated from playoff contention.

We have seen a team score at least 150 points in two of Indiana’s four games in May. The Pacers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 152-95 on May 1 after scoring at least 40 points in each of the first three quarters. That is a franchise record for Indiana.

However, in their very next game, the Pacers fell to the Wizards, 154-141. Wizards' guard Russell Westbrook made history in one of the highest scoring games of the season, becoming the first NBA player not named Wilt Chamberlain to have at least 20 rebounds and 20 assists in the same game. A total of 17 players scored at least 10 points in the game.

The Pacers scored their most impressive win in over a month with their 133-126 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night. They took a 14-point lead into the fourth quarter as they shot an absurd 62.1% from the floor.

Caris LeVert had a game-high 31 points and 12 assists, while Domantas Sabonis went 12 for 14 with 30 points, eight rebounds, and nine assists.

Washington has been one of the hottest teams in the NBA over the last month. The Wizards looked likely to miss the postseason with a 17-32 record in early April, but they have gone on to win 14 of their last 18 games.

Three of those losses were on the road against Phoenix, Dallas, and Milwaukee, as few teams are playing better than the Wizards.

This defense has been one of the league’s worst this season. Indiana has the worst interior defense in the NBA, allowing 53.7 PPG, and the Pacers are one of the worst rebounding teams in the league. They are getting outrebounded by 5.6 RPG.

Key Injuries

Washington Wizards

  • PF Rui Hachimura: Illness - Questionable

Indiana Pacers

  • SG Malcolm Brogdon: Hamstring - Questionable
  • PG Edmond Sumner: Knee - Questionable
  • SG Jeremy Lamb: Knee - Questionable
  • PF JaKarr Sampson: Concussion - Out
  • C Myles Turner: Toe - Out

Wizards vs. Pacers Prediction

Given what we have seen out of the Pacers and Wizards recently, the 'over' has to be a strong consideration. The Pacers will have a hard time stopping the Wizards even if Brogdon is on the court, and both teams have shown that they like to run.

Score Prediction: Wizards 127, Pacers 122
Best Bet: Over

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