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5 Reasons Why the Washington Wizards Will Upset the Indiana Pacers

5 Reasons the Washington Wizards Will Upset the Indiana Pacers

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The Washington Wizards enter the second round against the Indiana Pacers as the fifth seed whereas the Indiana Pacers are the first seed. Despite that, John Wall and the Wizards should have no troubles defeating the Pacers and once-dominant Roy Hibbert. This is why.

#5: Pacers are Very Similar to the Bulls

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#5: Pacers are Very Similar to the Bulls

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The Wizards are fresh off a five-game series win over the Chicago Bulls, a team that plays a similar style to the Pacers. The only difference is that the Bulls had confidence going into that series. The Pacers don’t. That alone should give the Wizards an upper-hand in this series against Indiana.

#4: Pacers are the Definition of a One-Dimensional Team

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#4: Pacers are the Definition of a One-Dimensional Team

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Despite being the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Pacers are one of the most one-dimensional teams in basketball. Indiana’s offense is a joke and is only getting worse as the year goes on. Unless they dominate defensively, they won’t stand a chance at beating Washington.

#3: Momentum and Confidence

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#3: Momentum and Confidence

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These are two teams trending in completely opposite directions. The Wizards are red-hot and just upset the Chicago Bulls in five games, whereas the Pacers limped into the playoffs and barely got by the 38-44 Atlanta Hawks. Confidence is key in a playoff game and the Wizards have it, the Pacers don’t.

#2: Rest

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#2: Rest

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After a convincing series win over the Bulls, the Wizards have had time to rest and practice, whereas the Pacers have been grinding out games against the Hawks. It may not show early in games, but toward the end of them, it’ll be tough for the tired Pacers to close games out as the electrifying Wizards team never quits under Randy Wittman.

#1: Wizards Can Beat You in Multiple Ways

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#1: Wizards Can Beat You in Multiple Ways

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With John Wall and Bradley Beal in the backcourt and Marcin Gortat and Nene in the frontcourt, the Wizards can beat you in a multitude of ways. Washington is a very talented team which allows Wittman to adjust their style of play to best match the situation. They can blow you out or beat you down in a grind-it-out game. The Pacers will be hard-pressed to limit what Wittman can do with his roster.