Will Indiana close out the series tonight and book their place in the Eastern Conference Finals? The NBA betting odds favor the Pacers at home, but we're not so sure they're the best bet with our basketball picks in Game 5.
<p><b>Odds Overview<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">The Pacers are back at home with a chance to close out the series and oddsmakers have them <a href="http://www.sbrodds.com" title="Take a Look at Who's Favored on the NBA Odds Board!" target="_blank">favored by five points</a>. So far we've seen both teams cover the spread twice through the first four games.</span></p> <p>Tonight's total is holding firm at 181.5, with both the OVER and UNDER hitting twice so far.<b> </b></p> <p>[gameodds]5/289165/?r3=43-19-349/dec&r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b>Washington Wizards<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">What a disappointing breakdown for the Wizards after looking so good in the first two games of this series. They're now in a massive hole heading into <a href="/picks/nba/nba-picks-wizards-vs-pacers-game-5/39507/" title="Compare Our Handicappers Picks for Wizards vs. Pacers Game 5!" target="_blank">Game 5</a>.</span></p> <p>As a team, Washington shot 45.6 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent from three and 78.9 percent from the line. The Wizards had 14 turnovers overall, with John Wall (five) being the biggest culprit in the loss.</p> <p>Wall finished with only 12 points and seven assists, as Washington was -21 with him on the floor. Bradley Beal had a good game with a 20/5/5 line and three steals, while Trevor Ariza and Nene also reached double figures in scoring.</p> <p>However, it was the Wizards' bench, particularly their veterans, that stepped up to bring the team back in Game 5. Drew Gooden, Al Harrington, Martell Webster and Andre Miller all played significant minutes, with Harrington leading the way with 11 points, six boards and three steals.</p> <p>Funnily enough, it was Washington's starters that couldn't close the game out. The young guys haven't been able to rise to the occasion as of late and they simply have to be better tonight if the Wizards want to keep their season alive.<b> </b></p> <p style="text-align:center"><a href="/picks/nba/nba-picks-wizards-vs-pacers-series-price-odds/39294/" title="Take a Look at the Wizards vs. Pacers Series Price Odds!" target="_blank"><em>Take a Look at the Wizards vs. Pacers Series Price Odds!</em></a></p> <p><b>Indiana Pacers<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">Paul George's heroics led to a hugely important Indiana win in Game 4.</span></p> <p>George scored 39 points and added 12 rebounds and two steals while only turning the ball over twice. He shot an amazing 12-of-20 from the floor overall and hit 7-of-10 from three and 8-of-10 from the charity stripe.</p> <p>Elsewhere, Roy Hibbert (17 points, nine boards and two blocks), David West (14 points and eight assists) and George Hill (15 points on 6-of-12 shooting) all scored in double figures, while Lance Stephenson had his usual up-and-down game with eight points, nine rebounds, six assists and six turnovers.</p> <p>Despite getting out-rebounded and turning the ball over 20 times, the Pacers still managed to get the win. George and Hibbert hit some crucial shots down the stretch, with all five starters playing 37+ minutes.</p> <p>The victory all but assures the Pacers will be the victors of the series, though we've seen that anything can happen in the playoffs. All in all, it would take a historic collapse for Indiana not to advance at this point.<b> </b></p> <p> </p> <p><b>Game 5 Pick<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">Why is it that we still don't really trust the Pacers? They've been playing much better lately, but we're just not sold that they're truly back to their old selves.</span></p> <p>Tonight we look for Washington to come out swinging and make this game at least come down to the wire. We wouldn't be surprised if they won straight up either.</p> <p>As we've seen throughout the playoffs, the Wizards haven't looked afraid of the occasion when playing on the road. They should come out with an extreme amount of urgency and intensity as they try to avoid elimination, so let's <a href="/picks/nba/" title="Free NBA Picks & Betting Predictions for Game 5 Wizards vs. Pacers!" target="_blank">add them as underdogs as one of our NBA picks</a>. Jordan Sharp is on the UNDER, but we're sticking to our guns on this spread play.</p> <p><b>Pick: </b>Wizards +5</p>