Thursday night NBA action features an Eastern Conference showdown when the Washington Wizards visit the Indiana Pacers. The current line on top sportsbooks has Washington favored by 2 points with the over/under point total on 217.
Entering this game, Washington has an overall record of 33-21 straight up and 31-23 against the spread. On the road, the Wizards are 9-14 SU and 11-12 ATS. Indiana on the season is 29-27 SU and 25-30-1 ATS. At home, the Pacers are 20-9 SU and 15-13-1 ATS.
Washington has been hot over the last month and a half and looks to move to 18-3 over its past 21 games with a win over Indiana. The only loss the Wizards have had in their past 11 games was a 5-point overtime setback to Cleveland. The Wizards are now No. 3 in the East.
Wizards point guard John Wall leads the team in scoring averaging 22.9 points and in assists averaging 10.6 per game.
On Wednesday, Indiana lost to Cleveland 113-104 to see its losing streak extend to 5 games, its longest of the season. The Pacers had won 7 straight prior to their skid and sit No. 6 in the East.
Wall has 8 straight double-doubles for Washington and 34 this season. Washington routed Oklahoma City on Monday by 22 points and Wall helped hold high scoring Russell Westbrook to just 17 points.
Paul George, Indiana’s All-Star forward, has struggled in two if his past three games. Against Cleveland, George scored just 13 points missing 15 of his 19 shots from the field. Despite playing poorly the past few games, George has scored 20 points or more in 12 of its past 16 games.
In three games versus Washington this season, George is averaging 30.6 points per game, but Indiana is 1-2 in the three games.
Washington shooting guard Bradley Beal has made six shot from 3-point territory in two of his past 4 games, while averaging 28.4 points over that same stretch.
Washington is 5-1 ATS in its past 6 games on the road.
Indiana is 3-13 ATS in its past 16 games played on Thursday.
With this free pick, we like Washington to cover.