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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!

Lakers vs. Wizards NBA Point Spread Pick from Teddy Covers: February 2nd 2017

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Washington Wizards
NBA Point Spread Pick: Washington -11 (February 2nd 2017)
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Throughout their 15-0 SU, 14-1 ATS run at home over the past eight weeks, the Wizards have been an under-the-radar moneymaker.  And there’s absolutely no reason to jump off this profit train until we’ve seen legitimate evidence that the markets have caught up with Washington’s improved play.  So far, the markets haven’t made the appropriate adjustments…..

Washington wasn’t very good in November, opening the season with eight losses in their first ten games.  They weren’t much better in their next ten games, going 5-5 SU, including losses to the likes of Orlando and Miami.  On the heels of last year’s disappointing campaign, that was all the betting markets needed to see – Washington’s power rating was set in near bottom feeder range, a below average NBA team.

The results don’t lie.  Since that 7-13 SU & ATS start, Washington is 21-7 SU, 22-6 ATS – the best SU record in the East and the best pointspread record in the league.  The Wizards don’t get many national TV games, they’re not a well-respected franchise after decades of futility, and the betting markets, quite frankly, have been sleeping on the Wizards throughout this impressive turnaround.

Now rested and ready (the Wizards are 3-7 SU on the second night of back-to-backs, lacking depth, but 25-13 SU in their other 38 games), I’m expecting another strong effort from the Wizards tonight
These are the quotes of a ‘bet-on’ team.  Bradley Beal: “We’re a totally different team.  In every way.

Our confidence, our swag as a team. Everything is a lot better.”  More Beal: “I think the joy that we have, the fun that we have is amazing. It’s positive in there and we want nothing but the best for one another. There is great camaraderie, and we just take it all on the floor.”

Head coach Scott Brooks: “That means we’re doing something good the last two months. Guys are playing well. We’re very confident, but we’re not overconfident. We understand that we’ve got to keep plugging along and playing for each other.”  I have NO hesitation continuing to ride the best moneymaker in the league.

Get more Los Angeles Lakers vs. Washington Wizards betting predictions from Teddy Covers at Touthouse.com

The Lakers are likely to be playing without Julius Randle(pneumonia) again tonight.  And LA is the opposite of Washington in one key regard.  The Lakers opened up the season 10-10 in their first twenty games, setting the baseline betting market power rating for this team a good notch or two too high.  Since that time, they are 7-24; every bit the bottom feeder they were last year.

LA is coming off a rare win, knocking off the Nuggets on Tuesday.  Following their last 11 SU victories, LA is 1-10 SU, 3-8 ATS in their next game, consistently letting down off a strong performance.  I’m not expecting max effort or execution from this last place team as they open their East Coast road trip tonight.  Take the Wizards.