We see similar NBA betting lines on the board for Game 2, with the Pacers favored by either 4 or 4.5 points. Game 1 flew over the posted total (183.5), so oddsmakers have responded by listing the O/U at 185 to 185.5 for tonight's contest. Which one of these lines have we decided to focus on with our free picks?
The Wizards started out lightning fast in Game 1 of this series, racing out to a 28-15 lead after the first quarter which would set the tone for the rest of the night.
In the end, Washington emerged with a 102-96 win, though that score-line flatters Indiana quite a bit. The Wizards dominated the game and were leading by double digits for large portions. Their biggest lead was 16.
Washington dominated the glass, out-rebounding Indiana 53-36. They were excellent from downtown (10-of-16) and stifled the Pacers, holding the home team to 40.7 percent shooting overall.
Individually, Bradley Beal was the best player on the floor. He had 25 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and five steals in the win. John Wall added a 13/9/5 line with two blocks and Trevor Ariza was a perfect six-of-six from three en route to 22 points.
It was an excellent performance from top to bottom for Washington. Nene, Marcin Gortat and Drew Gooden combined for 39 points, 34 rebounds and five blocks inside to complete overwhelm the hapless Pacers.
More struggles for Indiana, as they once again lost in the series opener at home.
It's hard to pinpoint just one area where the Pacers struggled. Yes, Roy Hibbert has been horrible and once again failed to show up (0 points and 0 rebounds), but he wasn't the only one that people should be pointing fingers at.
Paul George had a real hard time getting going, shooting just 4-of-17 from the floor for 18 points. Indiana was -13 with him on the court. Then there's Lance Stephenson, who was 4-of-13 and had four turnovers in the loss.
The only players to really play well were David West, George Hill and Luis Scola. West had a big double-double (15/12), Hill hit 6-of-11 shots for 18 points, and Scola put up 12 points, five boards and two blocks off the bench.
It's just not coming together for this team and Indiana fans have to be really worried, especially after seeing how close the team was to getting eliminated in the first round. The Pacers simply have to win this Game 2 to have any chance of reaching the conference finals whatsoever.
Jordan Sharp likes the Wizards in Game 2 and we don't blame him. Our lean against the spread is on Washington as well, as they've simply been the better team in recent months and have all the momentum in the world.
However, with our NBA picks we also think the UNDER is worth a play. Game 1's final score was inflated because of a 67-point fourth quarter, so some will be fooled that it was an up-and-down game with little defense. Far from it.
We think we'll see a defensive struggle in tonight's game, especially with the Pacers cognizant of how much is on the line. Take the UNDER in Game 2.Pick: UNDER 185.5