Watching last night’s game I could not help but imagine Washington in their old uniforms of the Michael Jordan days. Washington looked so bad, they set a franchise record for least amount points scored in a single game with 63, and even though their defense was good at times, their offense fell apart to start their two-game home stand. Despite getting waxed in Game 3, the Wizards are -4 ½ NBA Odds favorites, with a total of 180 points.
John Wall ended the game with seven turnovers opposed to six assists, and the Wizards all around really couldn’t take care of the ball. Washington has 18 turnovers total in Game 3, and even though some were careless and others were forced by the revamped Pacers defense, the Pacers had 21 points off of the 18 turnovers, which turned out to be the different in the game. The Pacers only had about half of Washington’s turnovers.
Although Indiana’s defense is to credit for several of those Washington turnovers, the Wizards did not come to play in this game, and the Pacers stole home court advantage right back from the Wizards. Roy Hibbert didn’t play well to start the game, but he picked his offense and defense up in the second half, finishing with a respectable 14 points on 6-9 shooing. He was in foul trouble, which limited his court time to an even 30 minutes, however his presence alone was enough on Friday.
I don’t see the Wizards coming out as flat as they did in Game 3. Back at home for Game 4, and with a night to sleep in their own beds, the Wizards should bounce back well in Game 4. If they don’t we might be looking at another potentially quick Eastern Conference quarterfinals, because the Pacers are VERY slowly getting back to their early-season form.
The Sharp Pick
As much as I suspect the Wizards will come back and play better on offense in the fourth game of this series, the Pacers being a +5 road underdog here looks very inviting. Indiana has been about as consistent as a drunk at the blackjack table, but their defense is slowly coming back to form. If they can continue their defensive aggression from Friday night, the Pacers will not only cover this spread, but they’ll win SU as well.
The Wizards showed their true colors in Game 3, and I think they played a lot more like people were expecting them to play at the start of this series. Although they should bounce back, the NBA Odds are giving way too many points to the Pacers here. This is now the first time the Wizards have trailed in a series this postseason, and I think it might weigh on the young team just a little bit. I am taking the points with the Pacers here. During the regular and postseason, the Pacers are 8-6 ATS as a road dog.My Pick: Pacers +5