Indiana Pacers vs Washington Wizards Prediction & Match Preview – October 22nd, 2021 | NBA Season 2021-22
The 2021-22 NBA season will continue on Friday when the Washington Wizards host the Indiana Pacers at Capitol One Arena. The Wizards will look to continue their strong start to the season, while the Pacers will look for their first win of the season. This showdown is a rematch of the two-team tournament game fight that determined the eighth seed in last season’s playoffs.
Indiana is coming off a 123-122 loss on Opening Night against the Charlotte Hornets. The Pacers were on their way to an easy victory, but the Hornets came back strong in the third quarter to keep the game close going into the fourth. Domantas Sabonis had a chance to win the match in the final seconds, which he wasted.
Meanwhile, the Wizards spent their Opening Night up north against the Toronto Raptors. Washington came out shooting in the first half and held its lead for a comfortable 98-83 win.
Fixture: Indiana Pacers vs Washington Wizards | NBA Season 2021-22.
Date & Time: Friday, October 22nd; 7:00 PM ET (Saturday, October 23rd; 4:30 AM IST).
Venue: Capitol One Arena, Washington, DC.
Indiana Pacers preview
The Indiana Pacers were in control of their game against the Charlotte Hornets. In a rematch of their tournament showdown last season, the Pacers once again dominated the Hornets.
They scored 75 points to Charlotte’s 59 in the first two quarters. However, LaMelo Ball led a furious 24-0 streak in the third quarter as the Hornets limited the Pacers to just 13 points in the third.
He was close in the fourth, with the Indiana Pacers leading 122-121 with just 12.7 seconds remaining. Then the Hornets were fouled and PJ Washington scored the game-winning free throws with 4.6 seconds left. Domantas Sabonis missed the final shot when the Pacers lost their first game of the season.
Washington Wizards preview
The Washington Wizards began their season on the road against the Toronto Raptors. The Wizards have revised their roster following their offseason trade from Russell Westbrook to the LA Lakers.
Bradley Beal set things in motion against the Raptors. He led the Wizards with 23 points, three rebounds, and four assists. Newly hired point guard Spencer Dinwiddie also made a good debut, adding 13 points, four rebounds, and six assists.
From the bench, Montrezl Harrell had a monstrous game with 22 points and nine rebounds. Harrell was acquired from the LA Lakers in the Westbrook trade, along with Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Pacers vs Wizards match prediction
Both teams look good on paper, and the Pacers have a slight advantage in terms of depth. However, the Wizards will enter the game with momentum and home advantage, which could be a good competition between the two Eastern Conference teams.
Where to watch Pacers vs Wizards?
The Indiana Pacers vs Washington Wizards game can be streamed live on NBA League Pass. Meanwhile, local fans can catch the game on NBC Sports Washington and Bally Sports Indiana.