It was a truly embarrassing all-around game from Indiana, who had a perfect opportunity to wrap up the series in five games, which would have given them some time to prepare for the Miami Heat in the conference finals.
Instead, the Pacers now face a daunting Game 6 in their series, in which they're classified as the NBA betting underdogs. The Wizards will come in favored by 4.5 points at most of the sportsbooks.
How on earth can we put any trust in Indiana? OK, so they've looked better on the road so far in the playoffs, but do you really want to put your money on a team that just lost by 23 points at home? The Pacers have let us down numerous times and we're not going anywhere near them tonight.
Let's keep rolling with Washington in hopes that they can force a Game 7 with another dominating effort on both ends of the court. John Wall found his groove on Tuesday and Marcin Gortat was flat out unstoppable inside. Will it be those two that are the biggest X factors tonight?
Perhaps, but either way we're siding with the Wizards. They still have nothing to lose, as the pressure still remains on the number one overall seed in the Eastern Conference to close out the series.
We also have a slight lean on the 'under', though our best bet for Game 6 at the Verizon Center will be on the home team to win by five or more points.
NBA Pick: Wizards -4.5 (and lean 'under')
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Clippers
We're not sure if this series can get any crazier after what we witnessed in Game 5.
The Clippers looked all but certain to win and gain the 3-2 series advantage before heading back to Staples Center, but a series of questionable refereeing decisions and questionable plays by Chris Paul and company changed the outcome.
So here we stand, with Oklahoma City ahead and handed a chance to close out the series in Los Angeles.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have been nothing short of spectacular in this series and we can expect them to carry the load on offense once again. No other Thunder player scored in double figures in the Game 5 victory.
Meanwhile, the Clippers had a lot more balance to their game, though ultimately it still wasn't enough. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Matt Barnes, J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford all hit some big shots and, if they can all get it going again tonight, they'll be in a great position to even up the series.
And that's what we expect to happen. CP3 took on the blame for the way Game 5 ended and we think he'll be instrumental in a Clippers win tonight. He's a tough dude who's fought his way through adversity before, so why not again with their backs against the wall? Plus, you have to like the way Griffin played and we're sure he'll try and come out and be similarly aggressive here.
This has been a highly entertaining series and we expect more of the same tonight. However, what it boils down to when deciding our NBA picks is, we think Los Angeles will protect their home court and push this series to the limit. Side with the Clippers to cover the chalk.
NBA Pick: Clippers -5 (and lean 'under')