Pacers vs Wizards Prediction - NBA Picks 12/15/23

Washington Wizards (3-19) vs Indiana Pacers (13-9)

Game Info: Friday, December 15, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)

Betting Odds: Washington Wizards +7.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Indiana Pacers and the Washington Wizards duke it out at the Capita One Arena on Friday night. Here's a Pacers vs Wizards prediction.

Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers have split their last eight games and they will be hoping to bounce back after getting run over by the Bucks in a 140-126 road loss on Wednesday. Myles Turner led the team with 22 points and nine rebounds, Tyrese Haliburton added 22 points with seven assists while Bennedict Mathurin chipped in with 14 points off the bench. As a team, the Pacers shot 45 percent from the field and 11 of 36 from the 3-point line as they did their best to hang in the contest, until the fourth quarter where the Bucks used a 19-4 run to pull away in the end. The Pacers are 13-9 and in 5th place in the Eastern Conference, just ahead of the New York Knicks (13-10).

Indiana Pacers Player Facts

  • Tyrese Haliburton ranks 1st amongst qualified players for assists per game (12.0) this season.
  • Myles Turner ranks 2nd in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for Blocks Per Game (2.1) this season.

Washington Wizards

Meanwhile, the Washington Wizards have been in dreadful form as they've lost 15 of their past 16 games overall and they will be hoping to put a halt to a six-game slide after getting thrashed by the Pelicans in an ugly 142-122 loss on Wednesday. Kyle Kuzma led the team in scoring with 27 points, seven rebounds and four assists, Bilal Coulibaly added 16 points off the bench while Deni Avdija and Daniel Gafford scored 13 points each. As a team, the Wizards shot 51 percent from the field and 19 of 44 from the 3-point line, but they continue to play almost no defense and got burned by 47 points in the second quarter to put them on the back foot the rest of the way. The Wizards actually looked good on offense in this one, but no one could stay in front of the Pelicans' Brandon Ingram who lit them up for a season-high 40 points.

Washington Wizards Player Facts

  • Tyus Jones ranks 1st amongst qualified players for assist:turnover ratio (6.5) this season.
  • Daniel Gafford ranks 1st amongst qualified Forwards for FG% (69.7%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Wizards rank 30th in the league for opponent points per game this season (127.0).
  • The Wizards rank 30th in the league for opponent assists per game this season (29.9).
  • The Pacers rank 1st in the league for points per game this season (128.4).
  • The Pacers rank 1st in the league for assists per game this season (30.3).

Pacers vs Wizards prediction

The Pacers are still shorthanded with Jalen Smith and Andrew Nembhard both out, while the Wizards are still missing Landry Shamet, Ryan Rollins and Johnny Davis with Jordan Poole listed as questionable. The Pacers were in great form before they got stopped in their tracks by the Bucks in their last outing, but I don't think they'll have too much trouble returning to the win column against this slumping Wizards team. The line is a little bigger than I thought, but not enough to sway me from taking the Pacers to get the job done on the road.

Peter’s Pick Indiana -7.5

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