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Play-in tournament: Indiana Pacers at Washington Wizards odds, picks and prediction

May 3, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) taps Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) against the Indiana Pacers in the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Indiana Pacers (35-38) and Washington Wizards (34-39) face each other in a Eastern Conference play-in game Thursday at Capital One Arena in Washington. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze the Pacers vs. Wizards odds and lines, with NBA picks and predictions.

The Pacers routed the visiting Charlotte Hornets by a 144-117 score as 1.5-point favorites Tuesday as the Over connected. Indiana went 0-3 SU/1-2 ATS, failing to cover in two trips to D.C.

The Wizards are looking to push past the Pacers and move along to secure the eighth seed and a date with the No. 1 Philadelphia 76ers. If they are able to beat Indiana again, it will likely be a high-scoring game, as the Over hit in each of the three regular-season meetings.

Pacers at Wizards: Odds, spread and lines

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 7:05 a.m. ET.

  • Money line: Pacers +125 (bet $100 to win $125) | Wizards -155 (bet $155 to win $100)
  • Against the spread/ATS: Pacers +3.5 (-115) | Wizards -3.5 (-105)
  • Over/Under: 236.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

Pacers at Wizards: Key injuries

Pacers

  • SG Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring) questionable
  • SG Caris LeVert (illness) questionable
  • PG Edmond Sumner (knee) questionable

Wizards

  • SF Deni Avdija (ankle) out
  • C Thomas Bryant (Achilles) out

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Pacers at Wizards: Odds, lines, predictions and picks

Prediction

Wizards 126, Pacers 121

Money line (ML)

The WIZARDS (-155) are moderate favorites and worth a look on the money line if you just want to make a stress-free pick and not worry about covering the spread. Washington was one of the hottest teams in the NBA down the stretch winning 17 of its final 23 games.

Washington wasn’t very hot in their play-in loss to the Boston Celtics, however, falling 118-100 Tuesday. They will look to bounce back against a team they have dominated this season.

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Against the spread (ATS)

The WIZARDS -3.5 (-105) are worth a look to win by at least two buckets, as they covered each of the two regular-season meetings in Capital One Arena against the Pacers +3.5 (-115) this season.

Over/Under (O/U)

OVER 236.5 (-110) is the play despite the super high line. Neither of these teams pay much attention on the defensive end, and they can fill it up on offense with the best of them.

Indiana is averaging 115.3 PPG to rank 6th on offense, and they have allowed 115.3 PPG to rank 25th on defense. Washington posted 116.6 PPG to rank 3rd in offense, and they were dead-last in defense with 118.5 PPG allowed. Look for plenty of points.

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