Two teams sitting on the top-6 places of the Eastern Conference are clashing today, when the sixth Indiana Pacers (21-12), are hosting the fifth Philadelphia 76ers (23-12), with both teams having lost two straight games and are looking to bounce back in this game.
Date/Time: 12-31-2019, 15:00 EDT
Spread: Indiana Pacers +1.5
Indiana Pacers have a 21-12 record (18-14-1 against the spread) and are tied with the Raptors in the 6th 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 Pelicans with a 98-120 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Malcolm Brogdon with 18.3 ppg, adding 4.5 rebounds and a team high 7.6 assists per game but he is out with an injury. He is followed by TJ Warren with 17.7 ppg and 3.6 rebounds per game.
Philadelphia 76ers have a 23-12 record (15-16-4 against the spread) and are sitting on the 5th place of the East. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Heat in overtime with a 116-117 score. They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 23.7 ppg, adding a team high 12.4 rebounds per game. He is followed by Tobias Harris with 19.7 ppg and 6.7 rebounds per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Sixers won at home with a 119-116 score. Pacers are 14-3 at home, while Sixers are 7-10 on the road. Sixers are better both offensively, scoring 109.9 ppg to Pacers’ 108.9 and defensively, allowing 105.1 ppg to Pacers’ 105.7. They also have a better field goal percentage (47.2% to 46.6%), while both teams have a similar 3-point percentage (36.6% to 36.4%). Sixers are better both in boards grabbed (46.2 to 44.2) and in dimes made (26.5 to 25.2), while Pacers are better in turnovers committed (13.4 to 15.5). Bookmakers give the Sixers a -1.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds and pick the hosts in this one.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Indiana Pacers Pick: Indiana Pacers +1.5 (-110)
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