Pacers vs. 76ers Prediction
Will the Philadelphia 76ers be able to grab their first win of the season when they host the Indiana Pacers tonight at 7PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Pacers are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -4.5 points against the 76ers. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 213.5 points. Indiana has won six straight meetings with Philly and the Pacers are 5-1 against the spread in those six games.
Indiana is now 4-4 on the season following a 122-115 OT win over the 76ers at home on Thursday. They were an 11.5-point favorite in the game, so they fell to 2-6 against the spread. They have yet to cover on the road this year, going 0-4 ATS. Indy is averaging 110 points per game on offense, but also giving up 113.3 points per contest on defense.
Philly fell to 0-7 on the season with the OT loss to the Pacers on Thursday. They are 4-3 against the spread despite their winless record, including a 3-2 mark ATS at home. While the defense is giving up 107.4 points per game, the offense is the main issue, as they are posting just 94.7 points per contest. That ranks 29th in the NBA right now. Injuries continue to be an issue as the team is already without Ben Simmons, Nerlens Noel and Jarryd Bayless. It is also expected that they will rest Jahlil Okafaor tonight. The second-year center is averaging 12 points and 4 rebounds per game this season.
Philadelphia hit 14 3-pointers in the OT loss on Thursday. Okafor had 15 points in the game but won’t play today. However, Joel Embiid is expected to play and he wasn’t in the lineup in the previous meeting. Embiid is averaging 17.6 points and 6.8 rebounds in his minimal action this season. Indiana has struggled on the road this year and Philadelphia should have some confidence going into this game knowing it took the Pacers to OT in Indiana. Look for the 76ers to cover.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: PHILADELPHIA 76ERS +4.5