In this high caliber Eastern duel between the third and sixth best teams of the conference, the Philadelphia 76ers (36-29), looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the Indiana Pacers (39-28), who want to extend a winning streak of their own. Indiana Pacers vs Philadelphia 76ers Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 03-13-2018, 18:00 EDT
Spread: Philadelphia 76ers -5.5
Sixers have a 36-29 record (36-27-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 6th place of the East. They have won three of their last five matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Nets with a 120-97 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 23.4 ppg, adding a team high 10.9 rebounds per game. He is followed by JJ Redick with 16.6 ppg, while Ben Simmons adds 16.3 ppg, 7.6 rebounds and a team high 7.6 assists per game.
Pacers have a 39-28 record (38-29 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the third place of the East. They have won five of their last six matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Celtics with a 99-97 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Victor Oladipo with 23.8 ppg, adding 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. He is followed by Bojan Bogdanovic with 14.3 ppg, while Miles Turner adds 13.6 ppg and 7 rebounds per game.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season, each team won at home (Pacers by 8 points and Sixers by 11 points). Sixers are 20-9 at home so far this season, while Pacers are 16-16 on the road. Sixers are better offensively, scoring 107.9 ppg to Pacers’ 106, while Pacers are better defensively, allowing 104.4 ppg to Sixers’ 105.6. Pacers have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 47.64% to Sixers’ 46.78% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 37.29% to Sixers’ 36.5%. Sixers lead the league in rebounding, grabbing 46.6 to Pacers’ 42.4 and are third-best in assists made, with 25.9 to Pacers’ 22.1. Both teams are coming in hot and Vegas odds give Sixers a -5.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat those odds as Pacers will force a closer game or even get away with the road victory.
Indiana Pacers vs Philadelphia 76ers Prediction: Indiana Pacers +5.5 (-108)
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