Date: 21st May 2021
Time: 5:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Capital One Arena, Washington
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The Indiana Pacers will be up against the Washington Wizards at the Capital One Arena on Thursday (Friday, IST). The game is set to be the final one play-in game in the American Basketball League in 2020-21 Eastern Conference. The equation couldn't have been simpler for a sporting contest- the winner will take the eighth and final seed in the Playoffs. While the Wizards have beaten Pacers in all three regular-season games, Pacers are a formidable unit themselves but will need to be on top of their game to come out as the better side in this clash.
Although they are the Wizards who have enjoyed the superior record over Pacers this season, they are heading into this game on the back of a heart-breaking defeat against Boston Celtics. They would need to put that defeat behind them as quickly as possibly before hoping for some brilliance from Russell Westbrook to help them win this crucial game. For the Pacers, Caris LeVert did not play for the side owing to the league's health and safety protocols and could well be out for this fixture which will have an impact on their chances. In his absence, Domantas Sabonis will have added responsibility and will be the key man for the Pacers if they are to advance to the eighth seed.
Probable Starting 5
Washington Wizards- Russell Westbrook, Bradley Beal, Davis Bertans, Rui Hachimura, Alex Len
Indiana Pacers- Malcolm Brogdon, Justin Holiday, Doug McDermott, Oshae Brissett, Domantas Sabonis
Point Guard: Russell Westbrook, Malcolm Brogdon
Shooting Guard: Bradley Beal, Oshae Brissett
Small Forward: Justin Holiday
Power Forward: Doug McDermott, Davis Bertans
Center: Domantas Sabonis, Alex Len
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