Check out our free Wizards vs Pacers pick and preview for this NBA game in Indianapolis. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Wizards vs Pacers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Washington Wizards at Indiana Pacers
- Where: Indianapolis at Gainbridge Fieldhouse
- Date: Friday, December 9th
- Betting Odds IND -5, WAS +172 | IND -207 O/U 232.0
So far, the Wizards have put together an overall record of 11-14, while going 10-14-1 vs the spread. Today, the Wizards will be looking to snap a 4 game losing streak. In these games, they have an average scoring differential of -5.5 points.
Washington will be gunning to get in the win column vs the Pacers, as they previously lost to the Bulls by a score of 115-111. However, because they entered as 4 point underdogs, they came away with an ATS win. Washington was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Bulls by 4 going into halftime. In the loss, Kristaps Porzingis led the team in scoring with 28 points on a field goal percentage of 47.1%.
The Pacers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 13-12. So far, the team has gone 14-11-0 against the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Indiana has an overall record of 1-2, including going 1-2 against the spread.
Indiana is trying to bounce back from a 121-115 loss to the Timberwolves. Going into this game, the team was 3 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Indiana was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Timberwolves by 6 going into halftime. In the loss, Buddy Hield led the team in scoring with 26 points on a field goal percentage of 60.0%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Wizards averaged 121.5 points per game vs Indiana, which was an increase over their season-long average. On the other side, the Pacers also experienced an uptick in scoring during head-to-head matchups, averaging 121.5 points per game vs Washington. Through the last 5 head-to-head matchups, neither team has gotten a leg up on the spread, each sitting at 2-2-1. In addition, the games have been competitive with an average of just 1 points per game separating the teams. A combined average of 233 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 3-2.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 25 games, Washington is averaging 111.0 points per game (21st). When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Wizards are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 99.0 per contest. Their slower style of play has created fewer offensive opportunities, leading to them being ranked 15th in fields goals made per contest.
Defensively, Washington has had its problems giving up an average of 112.0 points per game (16th).
One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of Kristaps Porzingis, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as Porzingis leads the team in scoring at 22.1 points per game while Kuzma is 2nd at 20.6. For the season, Porzingis is 44th in the NBA in usage rate and 37th in player efficiency. Behind him, Kuzma has taken 19.4% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 45.9%.
Through 25 games, Indiana is the 11th best scoring team at 115.0 points per game. In terms of pace, the Pacers are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 102.0 possessions per game. However, they have not been able to pair this up-tempo speed with overall scoring efficiency, as they are just 21st in made field goals per game.
Against the Wizards, the Pacers will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 26th in points allowed.
Shooting Guard Bennedict Mathurin currently leads the Pacers at 18.1 points per game. For the season, he is 66th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 15.3% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Mathurin is averaging 3.9 boards and 1.5 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 28th ranked defense at defending shooting guards. Tyrese Haliburton enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 23 games, he is averaging 19.4 and is 23rd in the league in player efficiency rating.
Wizards vs Pacers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Pacers -5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 232.0