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Wizards vs. Pacers NBA Betting Prediction from Teddy Covers: February 16th 2017

Washington Wizards vs. Indiana Pacers
NBA Betting Prediction: Indiana +3 (February 16th 2017)
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In theory, this is a great ‘spot’ for Washington.  The Pacers have lost five straight, including a defensive no-show in Cleveland last night; the fifth straight game that Indiana has allowed at least 110 points.  Meanwhile, the Wizards are rested and ready – they’ve only played once since last Friday, a blowout win over OKC that was garbage time by the middle of the third quarter.

But as we clearly saw last night with the Houston – Miami game, an extended rest BEFORE the All Star Break is not necessarily a good thing – teams lose their focus.  The Rockets were in the exact same spot at the Wizards – coming off a rare, extended rest, having played only one game since last week, a blowout win.  Washington has been as ‘focused’ as any team in the league for the better part of the last two months.  I’m not convinced in the slightest that this layoff is going to help them bring their ‘A’ game tonight.

The Pacers should get Lavoy Allen back in the lineup tonight, a big return addition considering he’s been starting since Thaddeus Young got hurt at the start of this losing streak.  And much of the losing streak can be blamed on ‘quality opposition’ – they’ve lost twice to Cleveland, once to San Antonio and once on the Wizards powerful home floor, no shame in any of those defeats.  The only ‘bad’ loss during this entire stretch came at home against Milwaukee, and that can only be described as ‘one of those nights’ – the Bucks hit 55% from three point range, nailing 17 shots from downtown.

When these two teams played at the Verizon Center in DC last week there was no separation whatsoever, a tight game throughout.  Indiana covered the spread despite a dismal 4-21 shooting effort from three point range.  In fact, all three previous meetings between these two teams this year were tight, down-to-the-wire affairs; a series where we’re better off taking points, not laying them!  Take the Pacers.

Teddy is cashing at a 67% clip so far this week following last night’s Big Ticket winner with the Sixers and his outright upset cash with Iowa State.  Go for the 2-0 sweep tonight with Teddy’s single best bets in NBA & college hoops!

Teddy Covers betting the Wizards -5 points over the Pacers on February 10th 2017

Washington Wizards vs. Indiana Pacers
Point Spread Pick: Washington -5 (February 10th 2017)
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The Wizards weren’t sharp at Brooklyn following their loss to the Cavs; lucky to escape with an overtime win.  Head coach Scott Brooks: “Two things happened tonight: We gambled because we wanted to go for steals for layups, and we didn’t box out. Brooklyn got offensive rebounds, and that was the game. That gave them a chance every time we had the lead by 10 to 12 points. … We’re glad we got the win, but we still have to play much better heading into our home floor.”

Forward Markieff Morris:  “Confidence, everybody’s confidence is high. Everybody’s playing with a lot of swag. We just have to keep continuing to play together and playing defense.”  Bradley Beal: “We’re a totally different team (from the beginning of the season).  In every way. Our confidence, our swag as a team. Everything is a lot better.”

So, we’ve got a hungry, motivated Wizards team that has been severely undervalued for months; coming off a home loss and a subpar showing.  When hungry and motivated , there’s a case to be made that the Wizards are the second best team in the East right now, ahead of Boston or Toronto in the pecking order.  Indiana is still a notch or two down compared to the top four in the East.

The Wizards took the Cavs to OT, deprived of victory only thanks to a banked in LeBron desperation 3 at the buzzer.  The Pacers played the Cavs in their next game, and they were never in it after halftime; suffering a 15 point home loss despite 50% shooting overall , 52% from three point range and 85% from the free throw line; about as well as they can play offensively. There’s a class difference between these two squads right now that is simply not reflected in this relatively short pointspread.  Take the Wizards.

Teddy bounced back strong off a rough start to the week, delivering the goods with the 76ers last night.  Expect another single ‘right side’ winner in NBA action on Friday!  Get onboard here, now!

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers Point Spread Pick from Larry Ness: February 8th 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers
NBA Point Spread Pick: Indiana +2.5 points (February 8th 2017)
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The 29-22 Indiana Pacers own a seven-game winning streak and own a 20-6 home record on the season, as they get set to welcome the 35-13 Cleveland Cavaliers to Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

With the return of LBJ, the Cavs have won the East the last two seasons and it’s assumed the Cavs will return to the NBA Finals again this season, for the third straight year (it would mark LBJ’s seventh consecutive appearance!). The Cavs are coming off a dramatic overtime road win at the Washington on Monday night, a victory which snapped the Wizards’ 17-game home winning streak.

However, the Cavs went just 7-8 in January. They are 3-0 to open February but Chris Andersen (ACL tear) and J.R. Smith (thumb fracture) are both still out of action for Cleveland plus SG Iman Shumpert sprained his left ankle on Monday night and will be re-evaluated on Wednesday morning. Then again, LBJ (25.9-7.9-8.8), Irving (24.2-5.9 APG) and Love (20.4-11.1) will be on hand.

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The champions are coming in,” head coach Nate McMillan said. “We don’t know who will be uniform for them, but regardless of that, it’s going to be a good team. We have to be at our best.” The Pacers currently own the No. 6 seed in the East and like the teams above them, are trying to convince the league (and themselves, I suspect) that the team can be a serious contender in the conference come late May. SF Paul George (22.5-6.1-3.3) is an All Star plus center Myles Turner (15.5-7.2) and PG Jeff Teague (15.8-4.1-8.1) have proven to to be quality players on a regular basis this season. George scored 21 points versus Oklahoma City and has now reached 20 points in nine of his last 11 games.Second-year center Myles Turner is in just his second season but has done more than just score and rebound in the Pacers’ seven-game winning streak, as he’s got 14 blocks and 12 steals during that span. Some bad news for Indiana is is that forward Thaddeus Young (11.5-6.1) is questionable with a sprained left wrist (he’s missed the last two games). Guarding Kevin Love won’t be an easy task if Young is out.

In fact, Love posted season-highs of 27 points and 16 rebounds against the Pacers earlier this season, although the Pacers won that Nov.16 meeting, 103-93 at Indiana. The catch being, LBJ sat out. I’ll note that the Pacers have won 12 of their past 13 regular-season home games against the Cavaliers but LBJ has only played in ONE of those games. However, I’m backing the red-hot Pacers here, as rumors about Cavs trying to acquire the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony refuse to die. That can’t be a plus. Meanwhile, the Pacers have stepped up their defense these lat four games of the team’s seven-game winning streak, allowing just 89.8 PPG. Take the home team.