Wizards quietly very good
The Washington Wizards enter the All-Star break as the hottest team in the NBA after winning nine of their last 10 contests.
The Wizards now lead the Southeast Division by two and a half games over the Atlanta Hawks.
The winning streak, including Thursday's 111-98 victory over the Indiana Pacers, has also pushed the Wizards up to third in the Eastern Conference behind the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics.
All five starters were in double figures for the visitors at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis led by Otto Porter Jr. who dropped in 25 points.
Still only 23 years of age, the third overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft has taken his time to acclimatize to the league but adds a third weapon to the Washington offense along with John Wall and Bradley Beal.
Should Kelly Oubre Jr. show a similar improvement over the next couple of years, the Wizards could become a very interesting team in the Eastern Conference.
Taken 15th overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2015 draft out of Kansas and then traded to Washington, Oubre Jr. has shown flashes here and there that he is ready to take the next step.
The Wizards are 3000/1 to win the Eastern Conference with the Celtics 40/1.
The All-Star break couldn't come quickly enough for the Pacers, as the loss to the Wizards was their sixth in a row.
Indiana is currently in sixth place in the Conference, but the Pacers, Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons are all within range of the chasing group of the Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets.
The Celtics are 5000/1 to win the NBA outright with the Cleveland Cavaliers priced at 18/1.
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