Pacers vs. Wizards: Better Defense Makes Indiana +2 the NBA Pick

Charles Stark

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 12:07 PM GMT

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 12:07 PM GMT

For Tuesday's NBA picks we head to Washington where the Wizards take on the Indiana Pacers. Join us reading this betting preview and get ready for tonight's action.

Betting Odds
NBA odds have made Indiana a +2.5 underdog. Although the juice is a little bit higher I think this is good value on an Indiana team that could very well win this game. For my selection tonight I'm going to back Indiana plus the 2.5 to do just that.

 

Indiana Pacers
Indiana is averaging 99.6 points per game, shooting 44% from the field, and 38.8% from beyond the arc. They have really changed their identity this season from last season being more of an outside in team compared to last year where they went inside out. This is displayed pretty dramatically in their three-point shooting percentage which ranks fourth in the league and their overall tempo attempting 84.2 shots per game which ranks in the upper part of the league. With Paul George once again establishing himself as one of the best players in the league Indiana looks more like a playoff team every day. I think much should be attributed to head coach Frank Vogel who has adapted this line up to play more up-tempo, stretching the floor, moving the ball, and shooting the three.

Defensively Indiana's allowing 94.5 points per game, 44% shooting from the field, and 31.2% from distance. Even with the new style on offense Vogel has not abandoned his foundation of putting out a very tough defensive team. The Pacers rank fourth in the league in points against, opponent assist per game, and in opponent three-point shooting percentage. They are following the trend of what the best teams in the NBA are trying to mimic, shoot the three and defend the three.

 

Washington Wizards
Washington is averaging 103.6 points per game, shooting 45.4% from the field, and 35.9% from beyond the arc. They won three games in a row and now have Bradley Beal back in the lineup who makes their backcourt one of the best in the NBA. Offensively they have been very efficient and although they are not attempting a lot of shots per game at 82.3 per contest they are still making buckets at a high rate. They seem to have a good core group of players but I think they might have a tough time tonight against a fundamentally sound defense in Indiana.

Defensively Washington is allowing 105.3 points per game, 45.6% shooting from the field, and 37.2% from beyond the arc. This is the guts of this play tonight in that Washington simply has not played good defense this season and rank as one of the worst statistically in the NBA. This could be a problem tonight against an Indiana team that has been efficient in their own right offensively.

Across the board it seems like these teams matchup pretty well, but for me the nod goes to Indiana who is a better defensive team. For one of your NBA picks I recommend taking the Pacers plus the small number to take this game to the wire or to win straight up. Until Washington improves their defense they will be on the outside looking in come playoff time.

NBA Pick: Pacers +2 at Pinnacle

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