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NBA Prediction: Ness betting the Timberwoves +4 points on March 28th 2017

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Indiana Pacers
NBA Prediction: Minnesota +4 (March 28th 2017)

The 37-36 Indiana Pacers are are in a three-way tie with Atlanta and Milwaukee for the East’s No. 5 seed. It’s really a ‘horse race’ in the East as only 2 1/2 games separate the No. 5 team and the No. 9 team (Chicago), plus Detroit is one game back of Bulls at No. 10 and the No. 11 Hornets are just a half-game back of the Pistons. The Pacers are 26-11 SU on their home court after a 107-94 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday but open a difficult stretch of four contests in six days.

Minnesota has lost six in a row to take away any realistic chance at grabbing the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs. “We have to get back to playing defense,” Minnesota head coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters. “If we want to win, that’s what you have to do. There’s no easy way out, no shortcuts. It’s about discipline. It’s about doing your job so everyone counts on you.” Thibodeau is known for his defensive-oriented approach but the T-wolves have never really caught on, ranking 17th in points allowed at 105.8 PPG. In fact, during the team’s six-game slide, they’ve allowed an average of 117.5 points.

The Pacers are hoping to advantage of this contest, one of four home games in the final nine of the regular season. Paul George (22.6-6.4) is averaging 28.3 points over the last three games but Indiana lost two of those during a see-saw month in which it has dropped seven of 13 contests overall and gone 1-6 on the road. PG Jeff Teague (15.3-7.8 APG) has lifted his level of play, averaging 20.8 points the last four contests and draining 12-of-21 from behind the arc in a five-game span.

The Pacers have dominated the all-time series with Minnesota (35-18), especially at home where they are 21-5. However, now that the T-wolves playoff hopes have been all but squashed (Minnesota ranks among the most disappointing teams of the season), I expect this talented team to play loose down the stretch and we know that the Pacers are not to be trusted. Take the points.

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)

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.

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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)

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.

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