In this high caliber Eastern duel between the third and fourth best teams of the conference, the fourth Philadelphia 76ers (41-25), are hosting the third Indiana Pacers (42-24), with both teams coming off single defeats and are looking to bounce back in this game.
Date/Time: 03-10-2019, 13:30 EDT
Spread: Philadelphia 76ers -5.5
Philadelphia 76ers have a 41-25 record (31-35 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 4th place of the East. They have lost three of their last four matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Rockets with a 91-107 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 27.3 ppg, adding a team high 13.5 boards per game but he is out with an injury. He is followed by Tobias Harris with 20.9 ppg and 8 boards per game.
Indiana Pacers have a 42-24 record (34-32 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third place of the East. They have lost two of their last three matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Bucks with a 98-117 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Victor Oladipo with 18.8 ppg, adding 5.6 boards and 5.2 dimes per game but he will miss the rest of the season with an injury. He is followed by Bojan Bogdanovic with 17.7 ppg and 4.1 boards per game.
In their three previous meetings earlier this season the Sixers lead the Pacers 2-1 wins with each team having won on the road. Sixers have a 25-9 home record, while the Pacers are 17-15 on the road. Sixers are better offensively, scoring 115 ppg to Pacers’ 108.5, while Pacers are better defensively, allowing 103.9 ppg to Sixers’ 112. Pacers have better percentages both in field goals (47.8% to 47.2%) and in 3-pointers (37.6% to 35.9%). Sixers on the other hand are better both in boards grabbed (47.1 to 43.1) and in dimes made (27.2 to 26.1), while Pacers are better in turnovers committed (13.4 to 15.1). Sixers are the favorite at home and Vegas odds give them a -5.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Indiana Pacers vs Philadelphia 76ers Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -5.5 (-111)
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