Indiana (8-5) at Washington (6-4)
When: Tuesday, November 24th 2015
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
Time: 7:05 ET | TV: FSN Indiana, CSN Mid-Atlantic
The Indiana Pacers will be looking for their third straight win Tuesday night when they visit the Washington Wizards. Indiana is proving that they are still in a force in the East since winning eight of ten. The last two wins have come by a combined 64 points over Milwaukee and Philadelphia. The Pacers only two losses in the last ten came at Chicago and at Cleveland by a combined five points. The Pacers got a lift off the bench in Saturday’s 123-86 win over Milwaukee from Glenn Robinson III, who scored a career-high 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Indiana’s bench contributed 53 points in that win as well including 20 from Jordan Hill. The defense has held opponents under 100 points in 9 of their last 11 games and are 4th in the league in scoring defense. Their offense ranks 21st although they are averaging 107.8 in the last five games. Paul George leads the team in scoring with 24.8 a game and is second in rebounding at 8.5. His 41% 3-point shooting has helped the Pacers to third in the league in that category. The Pacers will get Chicago at home on Friday before embarking on a four-game West Coast road trip that doesn’t include Golden State.
The Wizards are a team getting hot as well. They have won three in a row after dropping three straight. Their latest victory was a hard-fought 97-95 win over Detroit in which guar Bradley Beal came back from a three-game injury absence. Nene came off the bench and led the team in scoring going 9-of-10 from the floor and grabbing 7 rebounds. The bench was key for them also scoring 51 of their 97 points led by Nene and Ramon Sessions’ 14 points and 9 assists. F Otto Porter Jr. is 13-of-23 from the field in the last two games and is averaging 13.9 points per game this season. The Wizards don’t have any problem scoring points, its the defense that needs to improve. They’re 26th in the league allowing 105.3 points a game and 45.6% field goal percentage – 23rd ranked. Washington begins the night only 1.5 games behind Miami in the Southeast Division and will travel to Charlotte Wednesday night.
I like the way both clubs are playing right now, but I’ll give the edge to Washington tonight with Beal healthy again and they’re playing at home.
Pick: Wizards -2