The Indiana Pacers will face the Washington Wizards at the Thomas & Mack Center on Friday. This will be the last game of the Summer League for both teams.
The Indiana Pacers are coming off a comfortable 101-87 win over the Detroit Pistons, where draft pick Bennedict Mathurin led the team’s effort. He scored a game-high 20 points, shooting an effective 55.6% from the field.
The Washington Wizards, meanwhile, suffered an 88-106 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. Most players got good playing time, with Vernon Carey Jr. scoring an effective 83.3% from the field.
The Pacers have lost just one game so far, which gives them the edge – but the Wizards will be looking to come out stronger in their final game.
Fixation: Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards | NBA Summer League 2022.
Date and hour : Friday July 15; 9:00 p.m. ET (Saturday, July 16; 6:30 a.m. IST).
Venue: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Indiana Pacers preview
The Pacers have had a solid impact in the Las Vegas Summer League so far, losing just one game – by a narrow margin. The Charlotte Hornets gave them a tough fight, but the Pacers managed to come away with a 96-84 victory. Bennedict Mathurin and Chris Duarte combined for 39 points.
The game that followed – against the Sacramento Kings – led to a narrow 96-103 loss, with the game turning into a 3-point showdown. The Pacers were outplayed 18-9 from beyond the arc, which made it harder for them to make a comeback.
The Pacers then faced the Pistons – with Isaiah Jackson’s performance the difference. He was active at both ends of the court, recording 14 points and four blocks to help the Pacers to a convincing 87-101 victory.
The Indiana Pacers will look to keep that momentum going in the next game, with an emphasis on starting early.
Key player – Benedict Mathurin
Rookie forward Bennedict Mathurin has proven his worth to the Pacers organization, being consistently good through the first three games. He scored 23 points against the Hornets – putting in an effective return of 56.3%.
In subsequent games, Mathurin was able to add value on the boards as well as at defensive end – showcasing his energy. He will play an important role against the Washington Wizards to help them secure a decisive victory.
Indiana Pacers predicted roster
Guardian – Andre Nembhard | Guardian – Aaron Nesmith | Forward – Terry Taylor | Forward – Benoit Mathurin | Center – isaiah jackson
Outline of Wizards of Washington
The Washington Wizards started their Summer League campaign with a well-contested contest against the Pistons.
Jordan Schakel made a solid contribution. He scored a game-high 24 points, shooting 42.9% from the field – while also remaining active on the defensive end. However, the Wizards lost by a six-point margin.
The ensuing game resulted in an important 97-72 victory over the Phoenix Suns, with all players contributing to the team total. Vernon Carey Jr. stood out, recording a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds; have a strong impact.
However, several players struggled to convert their field goals, while the Pelicans benefited from a strong bench contribution – in the ensuing game. The Pelicans ousted the Wizards 88-106, and the Wizards will be looking to bounce back from their tough night.
Key player – Vernon Carey Jr.
Big man Vernon Carey Jr. has been an effective contributor the past two games, racking up points and rebounds efficiently. His size will play a major role against the Pacers’ offensive style of play.
Vernon Carey Jr. has also proven to be an effective rim protector – intensifying some tough situations. He should look to get aggressive early on, building his energy throughout the game.
Washington Wizards predicted roster
Guardian – Pierria Henry | Guardian – Johnny Davis | Forward – Isaiah Todd | Forward – Jordan Schakel | Center – Vernon Carey Jr.
Pacers. vs Wizards Match Prediction
The Indiana Pacers have the edge over the Washington Wizards, given their team composition and chemistry. Bennedict Mathurin has found his place and has contributed effectively so far, alongside some experienced youngsters on their roster.
The Wizards, however, gave us a glimpse of what they are capable of – against the Phoenix Suns – and will be looking to secure a win. It will be interesting to see who emerges victorious, between the two teams.
Where to watch Indiana Pacers vs Washington Wizards?
The Pacers vs. Wizards game will be shown on ESPN 2. The game will also be available to stream on NBA League Pass.