Indiana Pacers vs. Philadlphia76ers Predictions

by | Apr 9, 2022 | nba

Indiana Pacers (25-55 SU, 36-42-2 ATS) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (49-31 SU, 37-42-1 ATS)
When: Saturday April 09 2022, 01:00 PM (ET)
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TV: N

Point Spread: IND +14/PHI -14 (Opened PHI -13.5)
Total: 234 (Opened at 230.5)
Money Line: Indiana Pacers 761/Philadelphia 76ers -1226
Power Rating: PHI -13
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Probable Starting Lineups

Indiana Pacers PG Tyrese Haliburton, SG Buddy Hield, SF Terry Taylor, PF Oshae Brissett, C Isaiah Jackson

Philadelphia 76ers PG James Harden, SG Tyrese Maxey, SF Matisse Thybulle IN, PF Tobias Harris, C Joel Embiid

Key Injuries

Indiana Pacers
Jalen Smith: Groin (QUESTIONABLE)
Goga Bitadze: Foot (QUESTIONABLE)
Malcolm Brogdon: Back (OUT)
Chris Duarte: Toe (OUT)
Myles Turner: Foot (OUT)
T.J. Warren: Foot (OUT)
Ricky Rubio: Knee (OUT)

Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia has no reported injuries at this time.

The Philadelphia 76ers host the Indiana Pacers in an Eastern-Conference matchup. Tip-off is set for 01:00 PM ET at the Wells Fargo Center.

Recent Form

The Indiana Pacers come into this game with an overall record of 25-55, placing them 13rd in the Eastern Conference. Throughout the season, Indiana has struggled in their 39 road contests, sitting at 9-30. Over the Pacers’ last five games, they have picked up just 0 wins. During this stretch, Indiana is averaging 121.0 points per game, 10.0 points more than their season average of 111.2. This uptick in offensive play has come while playing a group of opponents who are collectively giving up 109.0 points per contest. A key reason for Indiana’s recent struggles is a defensive unit giving up 127.0 points over their previous five contests. This figure is up from their season average of 114.5. In the Indiana Pacers’ most recent game, the team fell to Philadelphia by a score of 131-122.

The Philadelphia 76ers come into this game with an overall record of 49-31, placing them 4th in the Eastern Conference. So far, Philadelphia is above .500 at home, holding a record of 22-17. The 76ers have played well over their last five games, picking up 3 wins. During this stretch, Philadelphia is averaging 119.0 points per game, 9.0 points more than their season average of 109.6. This uptick in offensive play has come while playing a group of opponents who are collectively giving up 111.0 points per contest. Even though the 76ers have been adding to the win column, their opponents have had no trouble scoring the ball, averaging 113.0 points per game, up from Philadelphia’s usual rate of 107.2. In the Philadelphia 76ers’ most recent game, the team fell to Toronto by a score of 119-114.

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Individual Player Analysis

As Indiana travels to take on the Philadelphia 76ers, the Pacers’ will be looking for Buddy Hield to have another big scoring night, as he carried the team with 25 points in their last game vs Philadelphia. So far, the 76ers are allowing their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their season average in 50.88% of their games, placing them 19th among NBA defenses. On the other side, Joel Embiid leads the 76ers in scoring, averaging 30 points across his 66 games. Throughout the season, Embiid has outscored his season average in 52.0% of his outings. However, if he hopes to add to this total, Embiid will need to do so against a Pacers defense that has been tough on their opponent’s top scorers. So far, leading scores have surpassed their season average at a rate of just 46.03%. This figure is good for a rank of 9th in the league.

Matchup Analysis

Heading into this matchup, the Philadelphia 76ers are the more efficient team on both ends of the court. This scenario has taken place in 13 of Philadelphia’s 78 games, leading to a winning percentage of 77%. So far, the Indiana Pacers have played 22 games as the inferior offensive and defensive unit. In these instances, they have lost 22 times, by an average margin of -13.0 points.

The Historicals

Heading into today’s matchup, the Indiana Pacers and Philadelphia 76ers have met up for 2 games. In their last meeting, Philadelphia picked up a 131-122 win.

How the Public is Betting the Pacers vs 76ers

67% are betting the Sixers against the spread.

52% are wagering on the game to go over the posted total of 234.0

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Betting Trends Worth Noting

  • Pacers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Pacers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win.
  • 76ers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
  • 76ers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite.

Joe’s Pick to Cover the Spread

The Philadelphia 76ers come into this game with 2 games remaining on the schedule, needing if they hope to move up the 3rd seed. If the Sixers can overtake the Celtics at 3, they would have a first-round matchup with the Bulls rather than a Toronto squad that has given Philadelphia troubles. In terms of betting, the Sixers and Pacers played each other on Tuesday, with Philadelphia winning by 9 points. With a spread sitting 14 points in favor of Philly, I see the Pacers once again keeping this game within that margin.