After being four-point underdogs in Game 1 and then five-point dogs in Game 2, the Wizards enter Game 3 as four-point favorites. The total varies depending on which sportsbook you use, as we see a range starting at 183.5 and going up to 185. Which lines do we believe offers us the most value for our NBA picks tonight?
Ladies and gentlemen: we have a Roy Hibbert sighting.
The big man has been under a lot of scrutiny for his poor play, but boy did he deliver in Game 2. He had 28 points on 10-of-13 shooting (and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the line) to go along with nine rebounds and two blocks in what was easily his best game of the playoffs so far.
The Pacers needed every last past as well, as the likes of Paul George, Lance Stephenson and David West struggled offensively, going a combined 11-of-33 from the floor.
George had only 11 points but did chip in with six rebounds, four assist sand two steals, Stephenson went for a 12/7/5 line but shot 3-of-12 from the field, and West was held to nine points on 3-of-8 shooting.
Frank Vogel had to be pleased with the toughness and grit showed by his team in response to that Game 1 loss, but he has to have his guys ready to sacrifice for one another on the road. We're still not convinced the Pacers have figured it out.
The Wizards had their chances to win Game 2 and take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series, but ultimately couldn't make enough plays down the stretch. Washington's biggest lead was six.
Overall, the Wizards shot 45.0 percent from the floor, but only connected on 5-of-21 (23.8 percent) from beyond the arc. Trevor Ariza and Bradley Beal were a combined 4-of-13 from deep. Washington also struggled (5-of-12 for 41.7 percent) from the line.
Marcin Gortat was the standout player for the Wizards in the loss. He posted 21 points and 11 rebounds in just under 37 minutes.
It was a rough night for John Wall, who hit only 2-of-13 shots for six points. Beal finished with a 17/6/5 line, Ariza had only six points and eight rebounds, and Nene ended up with 14 points and five boards.
It's a good sign for Washington that they didn't play particularly well yet still had a chance to win Game 2. Wall had only six points and you have to figure there's no way he'll struggle like that again back at home.
Game 3 Pick
With a lower total being posted, Jordan Sharp believes the OVER is worth checking out as you prepare your final list of NBA picks for the night.
I personally like the sports betting value we're getting with the Wizards, who have been the better team in the playoffs so far and will want prove their worth here at home. Indiana still barely won despite Hibbert's huge night and we look for Washington to get a leg up once again tonight.
In short, we need to see more out of the Pacers before trusting them again in the handicapping world. Let's roll with Wall, Beal and the Wizards to win Game 3 and cover the chalk as well.Pick: Wizards -4