Indiana Pacers vs Washington Wizards
The Wizards come from that triple OT thriller against the Suns yesterday night and they spent a lot of energy! Ariza and Beal played a huge 54 minutes, Green 49, Satoranski 48 and the 'perfect' Bryant (14-14 FG) another 36 minutes, at the same time that their whole bench had a combined total of just 74 minutes.
The joke was on Wall yesterday, who took a rest with a fake-illness, and he is expected to return to the starting lineup today.
Things are simple but at the same time complicated here. The Wizards, despite the feat and morale-boosting win yesterday, have tired legs and on top of that, they face a physical team that plays great defense, so their chances are quite slim. They are also shorthanded taking into account the injuries (Otto Porter, Howard) and the players that left in their latest trade for Ariza. The Wizards will have a hard time in the offense and it will only get worse as they go deeper in this game which means extra rebounds for the hosts.
Wizards' opponents average 36 Def. Rebounds per game (4th highest in the league) while they also average 12.1 offensive rebounds which is the worst in the league! Sabonis, the top rebounder for the Pacers with 9.6 per game, should have an easy task collecting those rebounds while also he deserves and is expected to get some more minutes tonight given the fact that the Pacers' next game is in 3 days.
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Indiana Pacers vs Washington Wizards prediction
|Sabonis Over 8.5 Rebounds||Bet365||1.83||8||10 WON (+6.64 units)|