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|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Washington Wizards||+5.5 (-110)
|O 212.5 (-110)
|Indiana Pacers||-5.5 (-110)
|U 212.5 (-110)
Coming into this game on the second night of a back-to-back, the Washington Wizards are at a distinct disadvantage. Indiana may be on a four-game losing streak, but they present a difficult matchup for Washington due to the quality of their frontcourt.
Indiana Pacers def. Washington Wizards
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|Washington Wizards||Head-to-Head||Indiana Pacers|
|Wes Unseld Jr.||Head Coach||Rick Carlisle|
|14-10 (5th in East)||Standing||9-16 (13th in East)|
|108.0 (19th of 30)||Off Rtg||108.7 (17th of 30)|
|108.2 (14th of 30)||Def Rtg||108.0 (12th of 30)|
|96.8 (24th of 30)||Pace||97.5 (19th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|B. Beal (22.3)||PPG||M. Brogdon (20.7)|
|K. Kuzma (8.7)||RPG||D. Sabonis (12.1)|
|B. Beal (5.9)||APG||M. Brogdon (6.1)|
|K. Caldwell-Pope (1.3)||SPG||D. Sabonis (1.1)|
|D. Gafford (2.0)||BPG||M. Turner (2.8)|
|D. Gafford (.667)/B. Beal (8.6)||FG%/FGM||D. Sabonis (.564)/M. Brogdon (7.4)|
|K. Caldwell-Pope (.377)/K. Caldwell-Pope (2.0)||3P%/3PM||M. Turner (.405)/J. Holiday (2.4)|
|Thomas Bryant||Washington Wizards||25 Oct 2021||Out (Left Knee)||Bryant is without timeline to return after undergoing ACL surgery.|
|Rui Hachimura||Washington Wizards||29 Oct 2021||Out (Not With Team)||Hachimura is out with no timetable for his return.|
|T.J. Warren||Indiana Pacers||8 Nov 2021||Out (Foot)||Warren may return to the court in late December or January.|
|Justin Holiday||Indiana Pacers||30 Nov 2021||Out (Health Protocols)||Holiday is expected to miss at least ten days.|
|T.J. McConnell||Indiana Pacers||2 Dec 2021||Out (Wrist)||There is no timetable for McConnell’s return.|
The Washington Wizards are coming off of a difficult loss to the Toronto Raptors. Against what many would consider to be a “small team”, the Wizards were dominated in the paint while also being unable to execute a consistent offence.
Washington faces a similar issue in the Pacers, while also having to overcome a fantastic interior duo of Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis. The pair combine for 30.3 points, 19.6 rebounds, and 3.1 blocks per game.
Montrezl Harrell and Daniel Gafford fall quite short of Indiana’s pair statistically, but their energy can make up for a lot. If Washington can compete with Indiana’s interior attack, they might have the offensive quality to take a victory.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) December 6, 2021
The Washington Wizards are coming off of a tough match where Bradley Beal struggled from the floor. When Washington face Indiana, Beal needs to be a factor on the offensive end.
In Beal’s last game, a loss to the Raptors, he posted 14 points and 7 assists, on just 4 of 12 shooting from the field.
When Washington’s offence isn’t going, they don’t really have anything else to lean on. Beal is their ace on the offensive end, so Washington need to make it a point to get him scoring early.
The Indiana Pacers are starving for a win, and they’ve got a great opportunity against a fatigued Washington Wizards side. To secure a win, Indiana must limit Washington’s opportunities from three.
In losses, the Wizards shoot under 30% from three-point range. But the Pacers, who are in the bottom third of the league in three-point defence, need to up their standards.
They’re not a strong three-point shooting team, but Washington have a few players that must be limited from deep. Bradley Beal, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Kyle Kuzma should be at the top of the list of players that Indiana must stop.
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) December 4, 2021
The Indiana Pacers are coming off of a loss to the Miami Heat. In that game, Caris LeVert was one of the few bright spots for Rick Carlisle’s team.
In 37 minutes of play, LeVert posted 27 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals. He was an efficient 8 of 16 from the field, despite going just 1 of 5 from three.
Against the high-scoring Wizards, Indiana need LeVert to be engaged from tip-off. He needs to improve on his three-point shooting, but his aggressiveness and ability to get to the free throw line are always welcome.
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|Washington Wizards vs Indiana Pacers Information|
|Teams||Washington Wizards vs. Indiana Pacers|
|Location||Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana|
|Time||7:00 PM EST, December 6th, 2021|
|How to Watch||Bally Sports Indiana, NBCSWA+|
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