76ers vs. Pacers Prediction
Can the Indiana Pacers pick up a big win at home tonight when they welcome the Philadelphia 76ers to town at 7PM ET?
543 Philadelphia 76ers vs. 544 Indiana Pacers
Thursday, January 17, 2019
7PM ET – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Pacers are the slight favorite at home, as they are getting odds of -2.5 points against the 76ers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 224.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 58 percent going on the Pacers as the home favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Philly looking for road success
The 76ers are coming off a 149-107 win at home over Minnesota on Tuesday for its second straight win, but Philly has failed to cover in its last two road games. The 76ers are 29-16 on the season, 10-12 on the road, 21-24 against the spread and 27-18 with the over.
Philadelphia is putting up 115.4 points per game on offense this season, which ranks fourth in the NBA. The 76ers also shoot 47.2 percent from the floor. Defensively, the 76ers are giving up 112.4 points per game while allowing opponents to shoot 45.1 percent from the field. Joel Embiid is leading the team with 27.0 points and 13.3 rebounds per game while Ben Simmons adds 16.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 8.2 assists per contest.
Pacers hoping to heat up
Indiana has won its last two games, including a 131-97 victory over Phoenix on Tuesday. The Pacers have covered in both wins, but had failed to cover in five straight prior to that. Indiana is now 29-14 on the season, 15-5 at home, 23-20 against the spread and 22-21 with the under.
The Pacers have the league’s top defense, giving up just 103 points per game. Offensively, Indiana puts up 109 points per game while shooting 48.3 percent from the field and 37.3 percent from the arc. Victor Oladipo is leading the team with 19.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. Domantas Sabonis is adding 15.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The 76ers are 8-17 against the spread in their last 25 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games.
The Pacers are 17-7 against the spread in their last 24 games against Atlantic Division opponents, but just 1-5 ATS in their last six conference games.
Surprisingly, road teams have won and covered in both meetings this season. However, it is Indiana’s home defense that will be the difference in this game. The Pacers are allowing just 97 points per game at home. Indiana has a roster that can properly combat Philly when healthy. Myles Turner can give Joel Embiid some problems and the Indian frontcourt can guard the perimeter. The 76ers lack in defense, especially on the road. I think Indiana will defend its way to a win and cover tonight.
NBA Prediction: Indiana Pacers -2.5