The Washington Wizards will be looking to get back in the win column after suffering a crushing loss the last time out. Visiting Indiana hopes to build on a confidence-boosting win in its last contest that saw the Pacers put up a season high in points scored.
Indiana (30-33) is in ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings, but is just a half-game behind Charlotte entering Monday night’s game. Washington is in 10th place in the conference standings, 1.5 games behind Indiana and 2.5 games in front of desperate Toronto.
The Wizards (29-35) are slight home favorites, but the over/under total looks like an attractive wager. The NBA Odds for this clash of likely play-in participants are live in the BetUS Online Sportsbook right now.
Indiana Pacers at Washington Wizards
When: Monday, May 3, 2021, at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington, Bally Sports Indiana
Radio: 1500 AM93.5/107.5 The Fan
Indiana Looking to Pick Up the Pace
Indiana absolutely crushed Oklahoma City on Saturday by posting a season high in points scored in its stunning 152-95 smackdown of the Thunder. The 57-point win marked the largest margin of victory for a road team in NBA history.
The blowout win topped the previous league record of 56 points, set by Boston over Chicago in 2018 and Seattle vs Houston in 1986.
The Pacers led by as many as 67 points, the largest lead in a game in 25 seasons. The largest margin of victory ever in a game is 68 points, set by the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Miami Heat in 1991.
All-star forward Domantas Sabonis made his return from a back injury by recording a triple-double in the first half en route to 26 points, 19 rebounds and 14 assists in 30 minutes. He’s the fourth player in the last 25 seasons to record a first-half triple-double.
“It was a timeout in the second quarter and Myles was like, ‘You need two more!’ and I was like ‘What?’ and then he told me,” Sabonis said. “We just kept playing. Guys were getting open and I was trying to find them and they made the shots.”
Indiana shot a blistering 65.5% from the field and 63.6% from three-point distance. The Pacers average 114.5 points (eighth) on 47.1% shooting from the field (12th) and 36.1% from beyond the arc (17th). Defensively, Indiana allows 114.5 points per game (23rd) on 46.7% shooting from the field (17th) and 37.0% from downtown (18th). Malcolm Brogdon is averaging a team-high 21.2 points while Sabonis averages 20.0 points and a team-high 11.7 rebounds.
Beal, Westbrook, Wizards Look to Stay Hot
Washington had won two straight and eight of nine before falling to Dallas 125-124 on Saturday. Russell Westbrook went for a team-high 42 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists while Bradley Beal added 29 points in the loss.
“He (Westbrook) willed this comeback,” Washington coach Scott Brooks said. “His intensity and determination, his will put us in position. I’m proud of our guys giving ourselves a chance. The way we started, they could have just said, ‘You know, let’s just wait until we get home.'”
The Wizards average 115.2 points (seventh) on 47.3% shooting from the field (11th) and 35.0% from beyond the arc (25th). Defensively, Washington allows a whopping 117.7 points per game (28th) on 47.0% shooting from the field (21st) and 37.2% from downtown (20th). Beal averages a team-high 31.0 points while Westbrook adds 21.9 points, 11.2 rebounds and 11.0 assists per contest.
Don’t Hate, The Over Looks Great
Washington beat Indiana 132-124 on March 29 to cover the spread as a seven-point home underdog and I believe we’re looking at a similar result, particularly when it comes to the over/under total.
The over is 4-0 in Indiana’s last four games, 12-3 in its last 15 games as a road underdog and 17-5 in its last 22 road games. The over is 7-0 in Washington’s last seven games against a team with a losing straight-up record, 4-1 in its last five games following an ATS win and 21-7 in its last 28 home games against a team with a winning road record.
I’m going with the red-hot Wizards to get the outright win, but again, the over looks like the most attractive wager in this matchup.