It's a winner-take-all matchup when the Washington Wizards and the visiting Indiana Pacers square off for the fourth time this season in the NBA play-in tournament on Thursday. At stake is the eighth and final seed in the Eastern Conference and the Wizards have to like their chances after winning all three matchups against the Pacers, including two in a six-day span earlier this month. The play-in format provided a bit of a reprieve for No. 8 seed Washington, which is still alive despite losing to Boston on Tuesday, while ninth-seeded Indiana advanced with a 144-117 demolition of Charlotte.
Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET from Capital One Arena. William Hill Sportsbook lists the Wizards as 3.5-point favorites, while the over-under for total points scored is 238.5 in the latest Pacers vs. Wizards odds. Before you make any Wizards vs. Pacers picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Pacers vs. Wizards spread: Wizards -3.5
- Pacers vs. Wizards over-under: 238.5 points
- Pacers vs. Wizards money line: Wizards -165, Pacers +145
- IND: The Pacers are 6-1-1 against the spread in the last eight games
- WAS: The Wizards are 9-3 against the spread in the last 12 games
Why the Pacers can cover
Domantas Sabonis was among eight players to score in double figures in Tuesday's win vs. Charlotte, coming one assist shy of registering a triple-double. The 6-foot-11 center feasted on the Wizards this season, nearly averaging a triple-double with 32.3 points, 14.3 rebounds and 9.3 assists. He had 32 points, 19 rebounds and nine assists in the May 3 matchup and followed it up five days later with 30 points, 13 boards and 13 assists.
Indiana is still without high-scoring guard Caris LeVert (health and safety protocols), but Malcolm Brogdon returned to the lineup after a three-week absence and had 16 points and eight assists in Tuesday's win. Brogdon, who averaged 21.2 points during the regular season, is listed as questionable due to a hamstring injury. Doug McDermott has come on strong over the past five games, averaging 19.4 points and knocking down 16 3-pointers.
Why the Wizards can cover
Wizards guard Russell Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson's NBA record for career triple-doubles this season and he used the Pacers as a stepping stone to do it. He was a wrecking ball with three of his 38 triple-doubles this season coming against the Pacers, going for 35 points, 21 assists and 14 rebounds on March 29 and 14 points, 24 assists and 21 rebounds on May 3. He tied Robertson's record on May 8 with 33 points, 15 assists and 19 boards.
Bradley Beal averaged 31.3 points during the regular season and scored 47 points in his last two, but he has struggled with his shot while dealing with a hamstring injury. Rui Hachimura and Davis Bertans averaged 13.8 and 11.5 points, respectively, but they combined for only 12 points vs. Boston on Tuesday. They were much better against Indiana, with Hachimura averaging 20.0 points and Bertans 12.0 points in the two meetings vs. the Pacers earlier this month.
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