The Indiana Pacers will travel to the Capital One Arena on Friday night to take on the Washington Wizards in an Eastern Conference matchup. The Pacers are 0-1 and are coming off a 123-122 road loss to the Charlotte Hornets. The Washington Wizards are 1-0 this season and are coming off a 98-83 road win over the Toronto Raptors.
These teams are trying to showcase their upper talent and this game will be one of the better matchups on the slate. Let’s take a deeper dive into the numbers to determine where we should be placing our wagers.
Guard UpThe Indiana Pacers have been dependent on point guard Malcolm Brogdon to carry the offensive load this season. Looking at last season’s numbers, he averaged 21.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 0.9 steals in 34.5 minutes on the court. He is shooting the ball well as he is 46.7 percent from the floor, 42.4 percent from deep, and 89.7 percent from the charity stripe. In his last game against the Charlotte Hornets, Brogdon played 40 minutes and finished with 28 points, four rebounds, 11 assists, and a block. If he can figure out how to step up like this once again, it will be a great spot for him.
📍 D.C. pic.twitter.com/f2IuRRVenJ— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) October 21, 2021
The Indiana Pacers have been a below-average defense in the league at this point as they are giving up 123 points per game, which ranks 19th in the NBA. In their last game against the Charlotte Hornets, they allowed 123 points on 46-of-107 (43 percent) from the floor, 13-of-31 (41.9 percent) from beyond the arc, and shot 27 free-throws. If the Pacers can figure out how to defend without fouling, they will be in a better spot.
Wheel and DealThe Washington Wizards have one of the best scorers in the entire NBA as shooting guard Bradley Beal has been a star. He had an X-ray on his knee but is expected to be fine for this game. Last season, Beal finished second in scoring as he had 31.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 0.4 blocks, and 1.2 steals in 35.8 minutes per game. Looking at his last game against the Toronto Raptors, he finished with 23 points, three rebounds, four assists, four steals, and four turnovers. Beal is dealing with a bruised right hip but should be playing here so it will be interesting to see he looks here.
The Washington Wizards are currently the best defense in the league at this point as they are giving up 83 points per game, which is tops in the NBA. In their last game against the Toronto Raptors, they allowed 83 points on 30-of-97 (30.9 percent) from the floor, 7-of-34 (20.6 percent) from beyond the arc, and shot 22 free-throws. If the Wizards can figure out how to repeat this performance, it will do wonders for their team.
- Indiana: 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog
- Indiana: 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss