The NBA conference semifinal best of seven series continues Sunday night with a great matchup between the resurgent Indiana Pacers and the host Washington Wizards.
The Pacers are currently holding a 2-1 lead in the series after dropping Game 1 but winning Games 2 and 3. In Game 3, the Pacers held the Wizards to just 63 points, an all time low for Washington as a franchise.
Indiana can put the Wizards on the brink of elimination with a win tonight on Mother’s Day.
Bovada and topbet currently have Washington favored at home by 4.5 points, while betonline and sportsbook.com have the point total for the OVER/UNDER sitting on 180.
Indiana was victorious in Game 3 85-63 Friday night as a 5-point dog on the road. Washington could manage just 33% shooting from the field.
Indiana was No. 1 in the East due to defense. The Pacers allowed just 92 points per game, which was No. 2 in the league.
In the first round, Indiana gave up 96 points per game through the first give games versus Atlanta. However, since then, in their past five games the Pacers are allowing just 83 points per game. Due to that, the UNDER has cashed in 4 of the past 5 games Indiana has played.
Roy Hibbert is no longer sleep walking on offensive averaging 21 points per game over the past two games, after scoring just 4.6 points per game over the first 8 Indiana playoff games.
His defensive presence and play has been an important part of energizing the team and has caused Bradley Beal and John Wall to have second thoughts about driving down the lane with his 7-foot-2 body filling up much of the paint.
The Wizards are loaded with offensive talent and should never be held to only 63 points. In the series, Wall has hit just 30% of his shots and had seven turnovers in Friday’s loss.
Nene Hilario and Marcin Gortat the two big men for Washington scored a combined 12 points in their Game 3 loss, after combining for 31 points per game in Games 1 and 2.
Washington needs to score inside to take some pressure from the shoulders of the young backcourt for Washington.
During the postseason, Washington is 1-2 SU as well as ATS on their home court while they are 4-1 SU while 5-0 ATS on the road in the playoffs this season.
The Pacers are comfortable on the road with a record of 3-1 SU and ATS, while at home they are 3-3 SU and just 2-4 ATS.
With Indiana getting 4.5 points in a low scoring game it seems to lean toward taking Indiana and the UNDER.