Points at a premium for Wizards and Pacers

Points at a premium for Wizards and Pacers
November 19, 2012, 10:00 am
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Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) puts a stop to the drive in the lane by Washington Wizards' power forward Trevor Booker.

(AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

Perhaps Indiana is just the team the 0-8 Wizards need to face to get win number one tonight at Verizon Center. Without their best player Danny Granger due to injury, the Pacers have struggled out of the gate with a 4-7 record, but what's more glaring is Indiana's 1-6 road mark.

Like the Wizards, the Pacers are struggling mightily to score, averaging just 88 points a game -- which is good for second to last in the league. Only the Wizards score at a lower rate at 86 points per contest. Washington scored just 76 points in its most recent loss to Utah, while the Pacers could only muster that same amount in a loss at New York Sunday. The Wizards' leading scorer is Jordan Crawford at a paltry 12.4 points a game, while Indiana is led by David West's 14 per game.

The Pacers, the third seed in the eastern conference playoffs last season, beat the Wizards 89-85 back on November 10 in Indiana. It was one of several games the Wizards felt like they should have won.

"We’ve got to play with confidence and believe in yourself and in each other," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "It's going to come."

We'll see if that first victory comes tonight.

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