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Pacers vs Wizards NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Indiana Pacers at Washington Wizards
- Where: Washington at Capital One Arena
- Date: Saturday, February 11th
- Betting Odds WAS -4.5, IND +152 | WAS -186 O/U 233.0
So far, the Pacers have put together an overall record of 25-32, while going 30-26-1 vs the spread. The Pacers come into the game in the middle of a 3 game losing streak, losing these matchups by an average of -12.33 points per contest.
The Pacers are coming off a disappointing 117-104 loss to the Suns. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 2 points. Indiana got off to a slow start, trailing by 13 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Bennedict Mathurin, as he contributed 22 points while hitting 46.7% of his shots.
The Wizards come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 25-29. So far, the team has gone 25-28-1 against the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Washington has an overall record of 1-2, including going 1-2 against the spread.
The Wizards will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Hornets by a score of 118-104. Heading into the game, they were 3 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. In the game, the two teams entered halftime all tied up at 61. In the win, Kristaps Porzingis led the team in scoring with 36 points on a field goal percentage of 59.1%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Wizards picked up the 114-107 win over the Pacers. The Wizards point margin of victory was enough to cover the spread as 2.5 point favorite. So far this season, the Pacers have a record of 2-1 vs the Wizards. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Pacers averaged 121.5 points per game vs Washington, which was an increase over their season-long average. On the other side, the Wizards also experienced an uptick in scoring during head-to-head matchups, averaging 121.5 points per game vs Indiana. When looking at how these teams have performed against the spread in recent matchups, the Pacers hold the edge at 3-2. However, the average scoring margin in these matchups has been tight, sitting at just 2 points per game. Indiana and Washington averaged a combined 234 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 57 games, the Pacers are averaging 114.4 points per contest, placing them 15th in the NBA. When looking at the Pacers pace of play, they tend to play an up-tempo style of basketball. So far, the team is in the upper half of the NBA in possessions per game, averaging 100.5. If the Pacers are going to turn things around on offense, they must improve their overall shooting efficiency. In particular, the 3-point shot has been problematic for the unit, as they are just 15th in 3-point shooting percentage.
Currently, the Pacers defense is ranked 26th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 114.94 points per game vs the unit.
On offense, Buddy Hield leads the Pacers in scoring at 17.6 points per game, placing him 71st in the NBA. Overall, Hield has hit 45.3% of his shots while accounting for 15.3% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 25th in points allowed to shooting guards. At 17.2 points per game, Bennedict Mathurin is the 2nd leading scorer for the Pacers. For the season, he is 190th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 42.5%.
Through 54 games, the Wizards are averaging 112.9 points per contest, placing them 20th in the NBA. So far, the Wizards are averaging 98.8 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Although the team tends to play at a more deliberate pace, they are currently one of the more efficient shooting teams, connecting on field goal attempts at a rate of 48.0%.
Defensively, Washington has had its problems giving up an average of 112.0 points per game (16th).
Washington will be counting Kristaps Porzingis to put together a strong scoring performance vs the Indiana, as Kyle Kuzma has been ruled out for today’s game. So far, Kuzma leads the team in scoring at 21.3 points per game. Porzingis is 2nd on the team at 22.7 points per contest, which sits 29.0th in the NBA. In his 46 games, he has hit 48.0% of his field goal attempts, and is grabbing 8.6 rebounds per game.
Pacers vs Wizards Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Pacers +4.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 233.0