- The Washington Wizards are 3-point road favorites over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis
- The Wizards’ Russell Westbrook can tie Oscar Robertson’s NBA record for career triple-doubles
- A look at the Wizards-Pacers matchup along with a prediction can be found below
Two teams jockeying for playoff position in the Eastern Conference meet when the Washington Wizards visit the Indiana Pacers at 7 p.m. ET Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
The Pacers are in ninth place in the East at 31-35 and the Wizards are right behind in 10th with a 31-36 record. Both are in good position to qualify for the NBA play-in tournament as they have a substantial lead on the 11th-place Chicago Bulls (27-39).
Wizards vs Pacers Odds
|Team||Moneyline at FanDuel||Spread||Total|
|Washington Wizards||-148||-3 (-110)||OFF|
|Indiana Pacers||+126||+3 (-110)||OFF|
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The Wizards have won four of their last six games, including outlasting the Toronto Raptors 131-129 in overtime Thursday in Tampa as 2-point favorites. The push ended Washington’s run of five straight wins against the spread.
The Pacers beat the visiting Atlanta Hawks 133-126 on Thursday as 6-point underdogs to snap a two-game losing streak and have slightly shorter NBA playoff odds than the Wiz.
Westbrook on Verge of History
The Wizards’ Russell Westbrook can make history Saturday night. He has 180 career triple-doubles, one off the NBA record held by Oscar Robertson.
Westbrook had his third straight triple-double and sixth in the last seven games Wednesday when he finished with 13 points, 17 rebounds and 17 assists against the Raptors. It was Westbrook’s 34th triple-double of the season.
Russell Westbrook is the first player in NBA history to record 50 rebounds and 50 assists over a three-game span 💪 pic.twitter.com/9YBvtetQbC
— ESPN (@espn) May 7, 2021
Bradley Beal was held below his 31.1 scoring average as he finished with 28 points. He scored 14 in the fourth quarter and overtime.
The Wizards also got unexpected scoring from Raul Neto and Robin Lopez. Neto had a career-high 25 points as he connected on five of seven shots from behind the arc. Lopez had a season-high 24 points along with seven rebounds and three blocked shots in 23:22 off the bench.
It was Neto’s third 20-point game of the season and Lopez’s second. Lopez had 6 points and two blocks in overtime.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) May 7, 2021
Three of the Wizards’ last four games have been decided by two points or less. Washington has split those games.
Rui Hachimura missed the game because of illness but has been cleared to play Saturday.
Drama Surrounds Pacers
The Pacers are coming off a win, but it has been a tumultuous week.
First, ESPN reported first-year coach Nate Bjorkgren was on the hot seat. Bleacher Report then published a story saying some of the players want Bjorkgren fired.
During Wednesday’s loss to the Sacramento Kings, center Goga Bitadze and assistant coach Greg Foster got into a shouting match on the bench. The Pacers suspended Foster for the win Thursday and fined Bitadze.
Goga Bitadze and Pacers assistant coach Greg Foster got into a heated discussion.
Myles Turner and multiple other players got involved to attempt to break up the confrontation. pic.twitter.com/9Xr96HmJg8
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 6, 2021
Caris LeVert led the way for the Pacers against the Hawks with 31 points, 12 assists and three blocked shots. It was his first double-double since being acquired from the Brooklyn Nets in January in a trade.
LaVert scored 9 points in the final 2:17 as he notched his fifth 30-point game of the year. He has reached that level three times in the last five games.
Domantas Sabonis notched his seventh 30-point game of the season as he had 31 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. He was 12 of 14 from the floor.
It was yet another monster showing from Domantas Sabonis as he notched 32 PTS, 19 REB and 9 AST against Washington. pic.twitter.com/NKrkliGGg6
— NBA Fantasy (@NBAFantasy) May 4, 2021
T.J. McConnell had 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting while contributing five assists and four steals. Aaron Holiday had 15 points and five assists.
The Pacers shot 62.1% (54 of 87).
JaKarr Sampson (concussion) has been ruled out for Saturday. Malcolm Brodgon (hamstring), Jeremy Lamb (knee) and Edmond Sumner (knee) are questionable.
Wizards Go for Sweep
The Wizards will try to sweep the season series after winning the first two matchups. The Pacers had won five of the previous six meetings.
In the teams’ last matchup, the Wizards won a 154-141 shootout Monday in Washington as a 4.5-point favorite. A total of 17 players scored in double figures, nine Wizards and eight Hawks.
Hachimura led the Wizards with 27 points and seven rebounds. Beal had 26 points, six assists and five rebounds while Westbrook notched a triple-double with 14 points, 21 rebounds and 24 assists.
The Pacers got 33 points, seven rebounds and five assists from LeVert. Sabonis finished with 32 points, 19 rebounds, nine assists and three steals.
The Wizards have had the Pacers’ number this season but sometimes adversity bonds a team. That appeared to be the case Thursday night for Indiana so let’s roll with it.
Pick: Pacers +3 (-110)
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