Philadelphia 76ers at Indiana Pacers Betting Pick

Written by superuser | January 28, 2021

Philadelphia 76ers at Indiana Pacers Betting Pick


The Philadelphia 76ers have risen to the top of the very competitive Eastern Conference of the NBA. They’ll take on the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis on Sunday.

MVP candidate Joel Embiid has led the 76ers with 27.7 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. The knock on the center out of Kansas has been his inability to stay healthy.

So far in the 2020-21 season, that hasn’t been much of a problem, and the Sixers have jumped out to a 13-6 record. After several years of supposed tanking, Philadelphia has a lineup that can get it deep into the playoffs.


New Man In Charge

New coach Doc Rivers is hoping to do with Philadelphia what he couldn’t accomplish with the LA Clippers. Just getting to the Eastern Conference finals would be a great accomplishment after their recent history.

They’re coming off a thrilling 107-106 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. They blew a 14-point fourth-quarter lead and needed a Tobias Harris jumper with 2.4 seconds left to get the win. It was the first road defeat of the season for the Lakers.

Rivers has a balanced lineup with six players averaging in double figures in points per game. Harris has been a great contributor, averaging almost 20 points and seven rebounds a game.

Seth Curry, brother of Stephen, is hitting 54% of his threes while scoring 15.6 points a game.

Looking For More

The Pacers are also looking for better playoff success under their new coach Nate Bjorkgren. They are in fourth place in the East with a record of 11-7.

Indiana also recorded a win in its last outing, 116-106 over the Charlotte Hornets.

When you talk about balance, the Pacers almost define the term. They have eight players averaging in double figures in scoring, led by Malcolm Brogdon’s 22.7 points a game.

The Pacers don’t have an elite three-point shooter and are shooting just under 36% from outside the arc.

However, their two-point field goal percentage is .547, sixth in the NBA. They have seven players averaging better than 60% from two-point range, posing a tough inside threat.

Despite that, the Pacers have been outrebounded, both offensively and defensively on the season.

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Embiid is difficult, if not impossible, to defend. His size and touch around the basket make him a true offensive force.

The Sixers have also added support around him, with Curry and Danny Green capable of making three-pointers in bunches.

Philadelphia is only 3-5 on the road and has struggled with some teams it probably should have beaten. In the 76ers’ last game away from home, they lost 119-104 to the lowly 4-14 Pistons. Home or away, that’s not a game they should drop, though Embiid did sit out with back troubles.

The Pacers haven’t exactly been impressive at home, going 6-5 there so far this season. They got above the .500 mark in Bankers Life Fieldhouse with a 129-114 drubbing of Toronto on Monday. Indiana has actually been a better road team, going 4-2 away from home.

The Sixers are probably the more talented team, but they’ve really struggled on the road. This should be a close game, but look for the Pacers to win with their offensive balance.

Indiana 108, Philadelphia 104

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