Wizards-Pacers Odds: NBA Play-in Picks, Predictions for Thursday, May 20
The final spot in the Eastern Conference Playoffs is up for grabs on Thursday night and BetRivers.com is proud to provide a wide variety of Wizard-Pacers odds, props and teasers for the NBA Play-In game. Before starting to place sport bets online, let us recap what happened:
The No. 8 seed Wizards lost to the No. 7 seed Celtics on Tuesday night, sending Boston to the playoffs as the no. 7 seed, while the No. 9 seed Pacers defeated the No. 10 seed Hornets to earn their shot at the No. 8 seed in the NBA Playoffs. The Wizards-Pacers odds are interesting because while Washington is the home team (-167 ML) and won 17 of its final 23 games of the regular season, the Wizards looked lethargic in the loss to Boston. On the flipside, the Pacers, who were mired in internal strife for the final month of the season, won three of its last five games and looked dominant in the blowout win over Charlotte.
The public is currently backing the Wizards to win with 65% of moneyline bets and 67% of the moneyline handle. The public is relatively split on the spread, backing Pacers +4 with 53% of spread bets and 54% of the spread handle.
Longtime basketball writer Rob Dauster, the co-founder of The Field of 68 Podcast Network is here to break down the Wizards-Pacers odds for Thursday night’s Play-In game.
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We are now at the point where we have true play-in games.
Win and you’re in. Lose and you go home.
Where is the value? Who should we be backing? Let’s dive into it.
No. 9 INDIANA PACERS at No. 8 WASHINGTON WIZARDS, 8:10 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE: Wizards -167, Pacers +140
SPREAD: Wizards -4
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After finishing the season as arguably the hottest team in the Eastern Conference, the banged up Wizards ran into a Boston buzzsaw on Tuesday. Jayson Tatum went for 50, Brad Beal and Russ Westbrook looked off the pace and the Wizards left Boston with a loss. Indiana, on the other hand, played one of their best games of the season, putting up 144 points in a blowout win over the Hornets thanks to the strength of Oshae Brissett and Domas Sabonis in the paint. They did it despite the fact that Caris LeVert was ruled out due to health and safety protocols.
LeVert will be out again tonight. Malcolm Brogdon played on Tuesday, but he was limited. But the injury concerns are a bigger issue for Washington, as Beal is still not 100 percent because he is dealing with a hamstring injury while Westbrook just looked like he was playing hurt.
This is a problem for Washington. They are essentially a two-man show offensively, and when both of their big guns struggle, they play like they did on Tuesday. Moreover, I do think this is a bad matchup for the Wizards. Indiana has no problem playing at pace, and they have the pieces in the frontcourt to take advantage of Washington’s issues inside. Brissett has been terrific of late, and Sabonis averaged a triple-double in May. Throw in the fact that the hot-shooting for the Pacers wasn’t just a fluke on Tuesday night — they’ve been hot from deep for the last 10 games or so — and I think the Pacers are the play here. I would be interested in taking them on the moneyline, and I say that knowing that they’re 0-3 against the Wizards this season.
I also love the over here. The total for their three games this season closed at 231, then 247 and then 250. The scores in those three games were 132-124, 154-141, and 133-132. These teams run, run and run some more, and I don’t see that changing just because the No. 8-seed is on the line.
Life’s too short to bet the under.