Add Wizards -4 vs. Pacers to NBA Picks for Game 3

Friday, May 9, 2014 1:23 PM UTC

Friday, May. 9, 2014 1:23 PM UTC

The Pacers came out with a lot more intensity in Game 2, leading to a crucial victory that ties up the series at one apiece. Now we head to the nation's capital, where Washington will play host to Game 3 as the NBA betting favorites. Who are we picking to win?
<p><b style="font-size:1em">Odds Overview<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">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 <a target="_blank" title="Free NBA Picks &amp; Playoff Betting Predictions" href="/picks/nba/">NBA picks tonight</a>?</span></p> <p>[gameodds]5/286084/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Indiana Pacers<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">Ladies and gentlemen: we have a <a target="_blank" title="Hibbert finally starting to play again?" href="">Roy Hibbert sighting</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">The big man has been under a <a target="_blank" title="Is Roy Hibbert single handedly killing the Pacers?" href="">lot of scrutiny for his poor play</a>, 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.</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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 <a target="_blank" title="Are the Pacers going to kill the Public in this game?" href="">not convinced the Pacers have figured it out</a>.</p> <p><b style="font-size:1em"><br />Washington Wizards<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">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.</span></p> <p>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.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>Marcin Gortat was the standout player for the Wizards in the loss. He posted 21 points and 11 rebounds in just under 37 minutes.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>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.<b style="font-size:1em"> </b></p> <p>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.</p> <p><b style="font-size:1em"><br />Game 3 Pick<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">With a lower total being posted, <a target="_blank" title="Read Jordan's Pacers vs. Wizards Game 3 Picks" href="/picks/nba/nba-picks-pacers-vs-wizards-game-3/39410/">Jordan Sharp believes the OVER is worth checking out</a> as you prepare your final list of NBA picks for the night.</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>I personally like the <a target="_blank" title="Free Sports Picks &amp; Betting Predictions" href="/">sports betting value</a> 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.<b style="font-size:1em"> </b></p> <p>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.<b style="font-size:1em"> </b></p> <b>Pick: </b>Wizards -4
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