Indiana Pacers vs Washington Wizards Prediction, Preview and Odds - 10/22/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 7:00 pm ET, Friday, October 22, 2021
Venue:  Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
Where to Watch:  NBCS-DC


Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Pacers +2.5, Wizards -2.5; Over/Under:  228.5 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Pacers +2.5, Wizards -2.5; Over/Under:  228 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Pacers NL, Wizards NL; Over/Under:  NL points

Season Record

Indiana Pacers:  0-1 (3rd place, Central Division)
Washington Wizards:  1-0 (1st place, Southeast Division)
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Indiana Pacers vs Washington Wizards Preview and Analysis

Recent Form
Indiana Pacers:  lost on the road on Oct. 20 against the Charlotte Hornets 123-122.
Washington Wizards:  won on the road on Oct. 20 against the Toronto Raptors 98-83.

Indiana Pacers Analysis

The Pacers are coming into this game with a 0-1 record to start their season off after losing their first game of the season in a heart-breaking fashion. They lost their season opener to the Charlotte Hornets 123-122. They dominated the Hornets in the first half taking a 16 point lead into halftime. They got dominated in the 2nd half though, more specifically the third quarter as they were outscored by 20 points in that quarter alone. They actually scored more points in 3 quarters of that game but still came out with the loss as that 3rd quarter really hurt them. Domantas Sabonis led the team in points in that game with 33 along with 2 assists and 15 rebounds. Malcolm Brogdon and Chris Duarte also had a great game with 28 and 27 points respectively. Those 3 key players practically made up their entire offense in that game. Brogdon led the team in assists with his 11 while Sabonis led the team in rebounds with 15. The Pacers opened as a 2.5 point underdog in that game with the line closing at around 1.5 while the total opened at 228.5 and closed around 223 points. They covered the spread in that game but the moneyline did not cash for them with the 1 point loss and the game shot way over the total with 253 total points.

Washington Wizards Analysis

The Wizards are coming into this game with a 1-0 record to start their season after winning their season opener on Wednesday. This game will be their home opener. They won their first game of the season on the road in Canada against the Toronto Raptors 98-83. They dominated that game in the 1st half taking a 20 point lead into halftime and the Raptors could never recover from that in that one. Bradley Beal had a very nice game as he led the team in points with 23 along with 4 assists and 3 rebounds. Montrezl Harrell was 2nd on the team scoring 22 points off the bench along with 1 assist and 9 rebounds in that game. Spencer Dinwiddie led the team in assists in that game with 6 while Kyle Kuzma led the team in rebounds with 15. The Wizards opened that game as a 3.5 point underdog with that getting down to 2.5 at most books by close while the point total opened at 220 and got up to 223 by the time that line closed. The Wizards covered the spread in that game and won straight up on the moneyline as a +115 underdog while the game stayed under the total with neither team reaching 100 points in that one.


Pacers vs Wizards Prediction

The Wizards are coming into this game as a 2.5 point favorite with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sports book. They looked good in their first game, they did not have a lot of offense in that game but they did not need it as their defense was very good. They did not allow the Raptors to score even 85 points. Now they get a Pacers team coming into town for their home opener that just blew a massive lead in Charlotte to lose by 1 point. The best bet to place in this game is on the Wizards to cover the spread here as they will win this game with good defense and by a good margin.
Pacers Wizards Prediction:  Our NBA Pick for Friday, October 22, 2021 (7:00 pm ET start time) is Wizards 101 Pacers 89.
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NBA Betting Trends

Indiana Pacers: 70-63 O/U when the total is greater than or equal to 220. 466-447 O/U as an underdog. 357-348 O/U as a road underdog. 540-509 O/U in road games. 
Washington Wizards: 1014-988 O/U in all games. 72-57 O/U when the total is 220 to 229.5. 405-366 O/U as a favorite. 314-283 O/U as a home favorite. 515-472 O/U in home games. 

Key Injuries

Indiana Pacers:  K. Martin (SF) Out Fri - Hamstring injury. J. Holiday (SF) Ques Fri - Ankle injury. J. Lamb (SG) Ques Fri - Wrist injury.
Washington Wizards:  C. Winston (PG) Out Fri - Hamstring injury. B. Beal (SG) Ques Fri - Hip injury. R. Hachimura (PF) Out Fri - Personal.

Players to Watch

Indiana Pacers: Domantas Sabonis is one player to watch in this matchup. He led the team in points and in rebounds in their first game and was their biggest force on offense by far. He will need to step up in this game and lead his team to their first win of the season so look for him to play well here and pick up a lot of the slack.
Washington Wizards: Bradley Beal is one player to watch in this contest. He led his team in points in their last game and is their best offensive weapon on this team. He is questionable to play in this game but if he is a go then look for him to have another great game as he will lead them in scoring yet again.

Notable Quotes

"The building had been pretty dead in the first half. A lot of that was we were playing well. But they got going and the energy in the building got going, and when that happens, crazy things happen in this league." - Rick Carlisle on his team blowing a 15 point lead after halftime and going on to lose their season opener by 1 point in that game.
"I just like the way we played. We started strong, we talked about having momentum. We knew at the start they were going to play with high energy and be very physical. We weathered the storm and made shots early." - Wes Unseld on how his team played in their season opener.

Starting Lineups

Indiana Pacers
PG    Malcolm Brogdon
SG    Caris LeVert
SF    T.J. Warren
PF    Domantas Sabonis
C    Myles Turner
Washington Wizards
PG    Spencer Dinwiddie
SG    Bradley Beal
SF    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
PF    Rui Hachimura
C    Daniel Gafford

Statistical Leaders

Indiana Pacers
PPG: D. Sabonis (33)
APG: M. Brogdon (11)
Reb/G: D. Sabonis (15)
Washington Wizards
PPG: B. Beal (23)
APG: S. Dinwiddie (6)
Reb/G: K. Kuzma (15)
Indiana Pacers: Rick Carlisle (1st season)
Washington Wizards: Wes Unseld (1st season)

Amedeus Mastrangelo

About the Author:

Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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