Washington Wizards at Indiana Pacers Free Pick - Betting Odds - ATS Predictions

December 23, 5:00 PM EST

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Indiana -8.5

The Washington Wizards (13-20) will hit the road to take on the Indiana Pacers (21-12) at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana for a Sunday evening clash. The tip is scheduled for 5:00 PM ET and set to be broadcasted on both FSN and NBA TV. The Wizards and Pacers have shared a well-balanced series as of late rivalry with each team winning two of the previous four meetings. Both sides have also gone 2-2 ATS over this span. Most recently, the Pacers and Wizards met 13 days ago in Indiana where the Pacers defeated the Wizards 109-101 to cover as a six-point favorite.

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Washington Wizards at Indiana Pacers Overview

Washington Wizards

The Wizards step in on the heels of a marathon three-overtime win over the Phoenix Suns yesterday where they defeated the men from the desert by a score of 149-146. The dramatic victory ended a two-game losing streak. The Wizards are 0-3 ATS in their last three outings.

Indiana Pacers

The Pacers enter into this affair off a 114-106 victory on Friday when they took on the Brooklyn Nets in New York’s Most Famous Borough. The Pacers are back at home now after a short two-game road trip where they went 2-0 ATS over this itinerary.

Reasons To Avoid Washington

The Wizards are playing this game on just one day's rest after enduring a rigorous multiple-overtime contest. This game is more or less a scheduled loss for the Wizards as they will coast through this one in preparation for a six-day Christmas furlow. Washington’s poor 4-14 SU record also would suggest that the Wizards would have their hands full here even if they were playing this one at full energy.

Reasons To Back Indiana

In addition to the aforementioned variables working against the Wizards, the Pacers also defeated a likely more robust Wizards team on this very court by eight points in the last meeting just under two weeks ago. Implementing a similar game plan, the Pacers should find even more success here against the Wizards, and all they are doing is giving away an extra bucket to takers that are keen on the Wizards. This is a true value play given the circumstances.

Wizards at Pacers Prediction 12/23/2018

It is safe to surmise here that the Wizards likely do not have enough gas in the tank here to roll up their sleeves and play a physical game against a Pacers team that remains the best in the league in defense (101 points per game) and a juggernaut on the boards in shutting down second chances (3rd overall in NBA with 42.7 rebounds per game). This contest has Indiana written all over it, and the Pacers should trample the Wizards as they head into a three-day hiatus of their own for the holiday festivities.

Free Pick: 
Take Indiana -8.5
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