NBA Betting: Washington and New Orleans to combine for over 200.5 points


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The Washington Wizards have been in the NBA play-off wilderness since 2008, but are on course to end that this season, simply because they play in the woeful Eastern Conference.

While other teams have been dumping salary and trading away talent for a shot at the lottery, the Wizards have taken advantage, compiling the East's fifth-best record, even though they are two games below .500.

Washington look primed for a push with two veterans ready to contribute. After acquiring guard Andre Miller at the trade deadline, the Wizards were bolstered by the news that Al Harrington is ready to return after being out since December with a knee injury.

They play host on Saturday to the New Orleans Pelicans and these are two teams who love to shoot the ball from long range, both averaging over 38% from beyond the arc.

Washington's indifferent home form makes a Pelicans win at 2.95 tempting, but 2.50 for both teams to combine for more than 200.5 points, looks great value.

 

The Indiana Pacers have been the leading team in the Eastern Conference since the start of the season, trying to keep as much distance between themselves and the Miami Heat. After losing game seven of last year's Eastern Conference finals in Miami, the Pacers would prefer any possible re-match to be on their home floor.

That's why, despite still leading the East by 1.5 games over Miami, the Pacers made a move at Thursday's trading deadline, dealing power forward Danny Granger to Philadelphia for swingman Evan Turner.

The 30-year-old Granger was once the face of the franchise, but injuries and a decline in production have seen his role diminish to the point his departure is no longer considered a loss, and Turner, who was averaging 17.4 points per game for Philadelphia, will give the Pacers' backcourt additional depth.

At 3.60 to win the Championship and 2.00 to win the Eastern Conference, the Pacers are worth a look despite their recent dip.

 

Best bet: Take over 200.5 total points on New Orleans at Washington, at 2.50