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2021 NBA Handicapping
(14-6) Philadelphia 76ers vs. Indiana Pacers (11-8)
Date: Sunday, January 31st
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indiana, Indianapolis
NBA Moneyline Odds: 76ers -129 | Pacers +116
NBA Betting Odds: 76ers -2
NBA Betting Total: 223.5
Sunday, January 31st finds the Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers playing in their first meeting this season.
The 76ers hold the all-time record between the clubs with 101 wins in 183 meetings. Last season, the clubs played four times with the Pacers winning three of the four contests.
After ending the Lakers’ unbeaten road streak in a nail-biter (107-106) the 76ers followed that game up with an absolute oust of the Timberwolves of 118-94.
Philly wasn’t certain Joel Embiid would play as he took a hard fall when LeBron James pushed him while he was in the air. He did suit up versus Minny and looked great collecting a double-double of 37 points and 11 rebounds — in under 27 minutes!
Tobias Harris also collected a double-double (17 points, 11 rebounds) while Shake Milton (13), Seth Curry (12), and Ben Simmons (11) were the other double-figure scorers.
Joel Embiid’s presence on Sunday is uncertain. As noted, he took a hard fall on his back and had missed games prior to the game versus the Lakers due to back spasms.
Mike Scott is experiencing knee swelling and will be out until early February. Terrance Ferguson (personal) missed the last match and won’t play Sunday, while Vincent Poirier (health and safety) is out indefinitely.
After starting the season 6-2 the Pacers have leveled off a bit registering a 5-6 record through their last 11 games with four of those losses versus teams not currently on the playoff ladder (Kings, Mavericks, Raptors, Hornets).
In their most recent game, the Pacers lost to the Hornets 105-108 with their comeback attempt falling a little short.
Domantas Sabonis registered his 18th double-double in 19 games with 22 points and 11 rebounds. The lone match he failed to collect double-digit rebounds was against the Raptors but he played under 11 minutes.
Malcolm Brogdon (21), Myles Turner (20), Jeremy Lamb (12), and Doug McDermott (11) were the other double-digit contributors.
Doug McDermott injured his thumb and back in the last game making him questionable for Sunday.
TJ Warren (foot surgery), and LeVert (kidney) are out indefinitely.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 8-1 in PHI last 9 games as a favorite.
- Over is 9-4 in PHI last 13 overall
- Under is 9-4 in IND last 13 games as an underdog
- Under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
Free Philadelphia 76ers vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Prediction:
In the loss to the Hornets, the Pacers scored 60 points in the paint but collected only six points on the fast break and shot only 31.4 percent (11 of 35) from the perimeter.
The 76ers allow 44.3 points in the paint (7th best). Conversely, Philly ranks dead lask for opponent fast-break scoring allowing 16.6 points per game.
That means Nate Bjorkgren will need to shift his offense to attack the 76ers weaknesses. Fortunately, the Pacers typically score more on the break (16.1) ranking sixth in the league.
Philly on the other hand should fire away from deep as the Pacers rank 28th for perimeter defense allowing teams to shoot 39.4 percent.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick:
The 76ers have one of the most impressive defensive units and although they rank fifth by season end it wouldn’t be surprising if they’ve climbed into the top spot.
The Pacers will need to be focused and aggressive on offense but I like the 76ers unless Embiid doesn’t play as Philly has lost all four games he hasn’t played in.
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