ESPN Basketball Betting Preview – Wizards Try to Stay Alive at Home vs. Pacers

The Washington Wizards may or may not have another game in them like they have on Tuesday night when they blew away the Indiana Pacers and managed to give themselves another life in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final playoff series. But Get That Bet patrons know that they don’t really need that kind of a game; all they have to do is win and keep themselves breathing for one more day, in the hope of inspiring some kind of Indiana collapse.

John Wall Washington Wizards 2014

Basketball bettors have seen the Pacers put forth some very disappointing performances. And maybe their worst yet came in Game 5, which took place at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. For a team that prides itself on having some muscle underneath, Indiana was absolutely manhandled by Washington, pulling down only 23 total rebounds while yielding 62 to the Wizards. And they practically turned Washington center Marcin Gortat into a superstar, as the former Orlando Magic backup completely dominated the action, with 31 points and 16 rebounds, missing only two shots the entire night. When all was said and done, it was a 102-79 disgrace for the Pacers on the home floor, making them only the second team during this post-season (San Antonio is the other) to lose by 20 points or more at home in the playoffs.

Game 6 gets underway at 8:05 PM ET at the Verizon Center, where Washington has lost three of its four games in the playoffs. However, in this do-or-die contest, perhaps the generally subdued crowd in the nation’s capital will be a bit more animated.

In the basketball betting odds that have been posted on this game at Get That Bet, the Wizards are favored at home:

Washington Wizards -4.5

Indiana Pacers +4.5

Over 181 points -110

Under 181 points -110

Unbelievably, no one was able to stop Gortat, who made 13 of his 15 field-goal attempts. Roy Hibbert appeared to have come out of his funk with three straight solid performances, but he looked like another no-show on Tuesday, as he had just four points and two rebounds in 25 minutes of play. And NBA bettors saw that there weren’t many answers coming off the Indiana bench, either. Trevor Ariza obviously did a great defensive job on Paul George, and one would have to expect that extra attention was going to be paid to Indiana’s leading scorer, who went off for 39 points as the Pacers made a monster comeback to win Game 4. This time around, George was held to five field goals in 15 attempts, so there were no late-game heroics for him.

In fact, this game was over in the third quarter, when Washington out-scored Indiana by a 31-14 margin. John Wall made a mockery of the Indiana backcourt by scoring 17 of his 27 points in that quarter. And that lead ballooned to 30 in the final period. There are just so many awful things Indiana did that one could understand if they wanted to just forget about Tuesday night altogether. Fortunately for them, Washington is an odd duck of sorts, is that it doesn’t seem to extract much of a home-quarter advantage. They have been no bargain whatsoever for basketball bettors, with a 17-16-1 ledger against the NBA pointspread at the Verizon Center.

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