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Pacers vs Wizards Prediction, Trends and Betting Odds for NBA Play-in Tournament

There is one playoff spot remaining in the Eastern Conference, with the NBA Play-In Tournament is coming to an end. The winner of this game will face the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round. The loser will begin preparing for the 2021 offseason. This NBA betting preview for the Pacers vs Wizards matchup will provide game info, betting trends, odds and a prediction for this NBA play-in matchup.

Indiana Pacers (34-38, 21-15 Away) vs. Washington Wizards (34-38, 19-17 Home)
Date: Thursday, May 20th, 2021
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Venue: Capital One Arena – Washington DC
Coverage: TNT

The Washington Wizards lost in Boston to the Celtics, 110-118. The Wizards were unable to get big performances from their two stars. Russell Westbrook scored 20 points (6-18 from the field), grabbed 14 rebounds and collected five assists. Bradley Beal only scored 22 points (10-25 from the field) and only made one of his six attempts from three-point range. The real problem was that the defensive intensity for the Wizards was nowhere to be found. That wasn’t necessarily surprising, but this was a game the Wizards easily could have stolen had they not shot 14.3% from three-point range and given up 50 points to Jayson Tatum.

The Indiana Pacers simply dominated the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday, 144-117. The Pacers were led by Domantas Sabonis, who scored 14 points, grabbed 21 rebounds and dished out nine assists. Indiana simply shot the Hornets out of the building, with a field goal percentage of 55.2% from the field and 45.7% from three-point range. Contributions came from everywhere, as seven total Pacers scored in double-digits. The Pacers are clearly catching fire at the right time of year, but will it be enough to become the first No. 9 seed in the NBA Play-In Tournament to make it to the first round of the playoffs?

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Credit: Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports

Pacers vs Wizards NBA Betting Odds

Moneyline: IND: (+132) | WASH: (-156)
Spread: IND: +3.5 (-112) | WASH: -3.5 (-108)
Total: 239 – Over: (-110) I Under: (-110)

  • Indiana is 5-0 against the spread (ATS) in its last five games.
  • The total has gone OVER in four of Indiana’s last five games.
  • Indiana is 4-2 straight up (SU) in its last six games.
  • Washington is 14-5-1 ATS in its last 20 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in four of Washington’s last five games.
  • Washington is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games.

Pacers vs Wizards Prediction

This NBA prediction uses NumberFire’s probability model. They give Washington a 51.1% chance to win this NBA Play-In Tournament matchup.

In my personal opinion, I actually really like the Pacers in this matchup. The hot shooting and overall air of confidence surrounding the Pacers makes me think they will take this game. The Wizards seem like a team that isn’t quite sure if they want to win or are ready for the season to be done. 1..2..3… Cancún?


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