Washington Wizards vs. Indiana Pacers – Feb 16, 2017

Washington Wizards

The Washington Wizards and Indiana Pacers face off on Thursday in a battle of Eastern Conference teams. If the postseason started today, these two teams would face off in the first round. Washington is 33-21 on the season, and hold the third seed, behind Cleveland and Boston. The Wizards have won three straight games

For the Indiana Pacers, they are looking to snap a nasty four game losing streak. The Pacers are coming off a home loss to the San Antonio Spurs. The Pacers are 29-26, which is 2.5 games behind Toronto, and 2.5 games ahead of the Chicago Bulls. The Washington Wizards are small favorites on the road in this game. The Wizards are -2.5 over the Pacers.

Pacers Need to Clean up the Glass

The Indiana Pacers are one of the worst teams in all of the NBA in rebounding. Indiana is ripping down just 41.3 rebounds per game. The Pacers top scorer this season has been small forward Paul George. He is scoring more than 22 points per game, while Jeff Teague is adding double digits as well.

The Pacers are scoring 105.7 points per game, and allowing teams nearly 106 per game. The Pacers are looking to reach the postseason for the second straight season. Last year, Indiana won 45 games, which was up from winning 38 the previous season. The Pacers are in second in the Central Division, behind Cleveland.

Wizards Red Hot

There is not a team in the National Basketball Association more red hot than the Washington Wizards right now. The Wizards have won three in a row, and 9 out of their last 10. Dating back, Washington has won 14 out of their last 16 games. Bradley Beal is rumored to be a replacement for Kevin Love in the All Star Game.

John Wall is having a fantastic season as the point guard for Washington. The former Kentucky star is scoring 22.9 points per game, and dishing out 10.6 assists per game. The Wizards have moved to 8th in team scoring, with more than 108 per game. Washington looks to beat their 44, 46 and 41 wins from the past three seasons.

Wizards Win Again

The Washington Wizards have that tough combination of great guard play, and physical post players. The Wizards are able to score, and when they really need to play defense they can get a stop. Scott Brooks has done a great job with this Washington team. They should go on the road and beat a slumping Pacers team.

The Indiana Pacers have Paul George and Jeff Teague. Both of those guys can score, but their defense is poor, and a third scorer is often times tough to come by. Look for Washington to grab a lead in the second half and roll with it. The bet to make here is the Washington Wizards -2.5 over the Indiana Pacers.