Washington Wizards vs. Indiana Pacers
The Washington Wizards are playing like themselves once again this season as the Wizards are struggling to find any kind of continuity. The Pacers are -10 point favorites over the Wizards with an over/under point total set at 194.5.
The Indiana Pacers have a solid record on the season as the Pacers are currently 29-20. The main problem for Indiana is that the Pacers are in the same division as one of the top teams in the league, the Chicago Bulls and currently the Pacers trail the Bulls by 10.5 games. Indiana plays outstanding defense as the Pacers are ranked seventh in the league in points per game allowed, but Indiana does struggle at times putting points on the board, which can hinder themselves.
The Washington Wizards are once again towards the bottom of the divisional standings, but thanks to the Charlotte Bobcats being complete and total embarrassment, the Wizards are one step up from the bottom, trailing the Heat by 24.5 games in the Southeast division. The Wizards, as you can probably imagine are ranked towards the bottom of the league in most statistical categories that matter as Washington is ranked 24th offensively, and 27th in scoring defense.
The Pacers are playing well lately as Indian is 4-2 overall in their last six games, and despite having a strong defense, the total has gone over in four of the last five games for the Pacers heading into Thursday.
This is a pretty big number here, and while the Pacers shouldn’t have much problem dispatching the Wizards, I think the safest play is on the total. I don’t see Washington putting up many points against Indiana’s defense, which makes me think the under is the way to go here.