The Indiana Pacers (13-9) travel to face off against the Washington Wizards (3-20) on Friday, December 15th. This game will be played at Capital One Arena. Both the Pacers and Wizards will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 ET.
Pacers vs Wizards
The Pacers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Pacers’ most recent matchup against the Bucks saw Tyrese Haliburton lead the Pacers with 22 points while shooting 8/16 from the field. While Myles Turner was 2nd on the team with 22 points, Indiana fell short in the game with a final score of 140-126.
Heading into today’s matchup vs. the Wizards, the Pacers are looking to build on their above .500 record of 13-9. Currently, they are 5th in the Eastern Conference and are 2nd in the Central division.
Indiana currently has an ATS record of 13-9, placing them above .500 against the spread. Indiana has gone 6-5 against the spread this season when they are the favorites, and they are 7-4 when playing as underdogs.
The Wizards Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In the game against the Pelicans, Kyle Kuzma was the top scorer for Washington, recording 27 points. His field goal percentage for the game was 51.2%. While Bilal Coulibaly was 2nd on the team with 16 points, Washington fell short in the game with a final score of 142-122.
As they prepare to face the Pacers, the Wizards are looking to improve their 3-20 record and get back to .500. In Eastern Conference play, the Wizards are 2-18 and are 1-2 outside of their conference.
Washington currently has an ATS record below .500, sitting at 9-14 at this point. The Wizards maintain an ATS record of 8-6 on the road, while they have a 1-8 record vs. the spread when playing at home.
Pacers Offense Breakdown
For the season, the Indiana offense is the 1st ranked unit in the NBA, at 128.4 points per contest. The Pacers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.5 made 3’s per game. A key to the teams offensive success is their ability to avoid turning the ball over. So far, Indiana is ranked 8th in fewest turnovers per game.
Wizards Offense Breakdown
The Washington offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 10th ranked offense at 115.9 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Wizards will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12 made 3’s per game. Washington appears to be a candidate to have some offensive regression as not only are they a below average outside shooting unit, but they are generating free-throws at a rate below the NBA average.
Pacers Team Defense
Looking at the Pacers defense, they will be looking for a better performance considering they are currently conceding 125.5 points per game (29th).
So far this season, the Pacers’ defense has struggled with fouls, averaging 2nd in fouls per contest. On average, opponents are getting to the line 28.7 times per game vs. Indiana.
Wizards Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Wizards will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 127.0 points per game (30th).
In the terms of takeaways, Wizards are causing 13.9 turnovers per game, ranking 20th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 17th in rejections, averaging 4.9 blocked shots each game.
Key Players For The Pacers And Wizards
In today’s game, our projections have Tyrese Haliburton leading the Pacers with 19 points on 7/12 shooting from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 26.1 points per game, along with 4.2 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Kyle Kuzma as the leading scorer for the Wizards. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 18 while also collecting 5 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 47.7%, and his scoring average is 23 points per game.
Pacers vs Wizards Trends
- The Pacers are 2-1 ATS in their three last road games and 2-1 straight-up.
- Through their last ten home games, Washington has an ATS record of just 6-4. However, their overall record was 2-8 while averaging 114 points per game.
- Going back to their last three games as the underdog, the Wizards have a straight up record of 0-3. But, their mark vs the spread was just 0-3.
- Indiana has done well both straight up and vs the spread when favored to win the game, going 2-1 SU and 2-1 ATS in their last three games.
When looking to get a point-spread pick down in this Pacers vs. Wizards game, our recommendation is to take the Wizards at +8. Despite our model showing the Pacers winning 116-111, we like Wizards as our point-spread pick.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 258 and our model has the Pacers and Wizards finishing with a combined 227 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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