Back at home, the Wizards will enter as 4.5-point favorites. So far Washington has covered in three of the five games in this series.
The total is listed in the 180.5 to 181 range, with the
'under' having gone 3-2 in this series heading into tonight.
How embarrassing was that in Game 5?
A win would have closed out the series, and allowed Indiana to rest up a little bit ahead of the Eastern Conference Final. After getting crushed by 23 on their home court, now the Pacers are in danger of another collapse.
However you want to look at it, Indiana was terrible. They were held under 40.0 percent shooting (39.0), hit only 13-of-22 from the line (59.1 percent), and were out-rebounded 62-23. We can't remember the last time we saw such a large gap in rebounding numbers.
It was an awful showing for the Pacers. Paul George had 15 points on 5-of-15 shooting, and had more turnovers (four) than rebounds and assists combined (three), while Roy Hibbert, Lance Stephenson and George Hill were a combined 7-of-23 from the floor for 16 points. David West (17 points and six boards) was the only player to really show up.
Now Indiana has to re-group after yet another disappointing
performance in the playoffs. They've actually done well on the road throughout
the postseason, but one has to wonder what the confidences levels are like at
As bad as the Pacers were in Game 5, the Wizards were equally as good.
As a team they shot 50.0 percent from the floor, and they were completely dominant throughout despite turning the ball over 19 times. The glass belonged to Washington, who got 5+ rebounds out of five different players in the win.
All in all, it was the Marcin Gortat and John Wall show. Gortat had 31 points and 16 rebounds, while Wall went for 27 points, five boards and five assists.
Bradley Beal chipped in with 18 points, eight rebounds and four dimes, while Trevor Ariza had a 10/10/5 line. Everyone got in on the action, and it was exactly what Randy Wittman would have wanted to see out of his young group with their backs against the wall.
A similar kind of intensity has to be brought to the table
in Game 6. It's still win or go home for Washington, but they have to be
feeling great about forcing a deciding Game 7 after a fantastic win on Tuesday.
Game 6 Pick
With his recommended sports picks, Jordan Sharp will be on the 'under' to come through in this crucial Game 6. We saw what Washington's defense was capable of two nights ago, and Jordan's hoping we'll see a similar effort tonight.
As for me, I think we'll see the Wizards finally put it all together at home in a must-win game. They played with incredible urgency and aggressiveness in Game 5 and we saw what that translated to. The backcourt of Wall and Beal had their best game of the series, and we look for them to make another significant impact. Getting another huge effort out of Gortat wouldn't hurt either.
We question Indiana's mental toughness, so in the end we feel good about adding Washington to cover the small chalk at home, expecting another winning NBA pick.
Free NBA Pick: Wizards -4.5