Philadelphia 76ers vs Indiana Pacers Prediction
The Pacers will be matching up with the Sixers this Saturday night at 7pm EST as we get playoff like basketball inside the bubble for day 3. The current point spread is +/- 5.5 with the Sixers listed as the favorite. The over under line is over / under 213 and money line odds are sitting at Sixers (-235) Pacers (+190) Read our full Pacers vs. Sixers prediction below to find out which way our model is betting
The Pacers are quietly putting together a great year and enter the bubble 5th in the Eastern Conference with a 39-26 record and a 34-28-3 record against the spread. Although the Pacers are the better team in the standings they come into this game as the underdog. The Pacers have a 9-9-1 record against the spread this season as the underdog.
The Pacers will get to see the return of Victor Oladipo, but unfortunately, they have lost Sabonis to a leg injury and he will miss the entire restart. Getting back Oladipo is huge for the Pacers, but the loss to Sabonis may be bigger than it seems. Sabonis is a master at grabbing boards and has average a double double in the three games against the Sixers so far this season. The Sixers length is unmatched and missing your starting big man is going to hurt extra here. The Pacers will be without a starter which hurts, but they have handled the Sixers well in their last two match ups. The Pacers edged out the Sixers the last two times they played, and it was their guards who led the charge. Victor Oladipo was not available in any of the head to heads this season, but knowing the Sixers have had major issues containing guards has to bring a smile to Pacer fans.
Myles Turner will have to step up big on the glass and on defense to contain Joel Embiid. Embiid, has the ability to pop off in any game and without their defensive anchor on the court the Pacers should be on high alert. We may see more of Goga Bitadze in this game, and it will be interesting if he can limit Embiid at all. Keep reading below to see the Sixers preview portion of this Sixers vs. Pacers prediction.
The Philadelphia 76ers are one of the most controversial teams in the NBA, they have a ton of talent, dominate at home, helpless on the road, and struggle to cover large spreads. The Sixers enter the bubble 6th in the Eastern Conference with a 39-26 record and a 28-33-4 record against the spread. The Sixers are a great basketball team but they struggle away from home and their offense stalls out far too often to be a legit contender.
The end of the “regular season” saw the Sixers very banged up and they may have benefited the most out of this layoff. The scrimmages in Orlando also showed that the Sixers may not be using Ben Simmons exclusively as a point guard inside the bubble. This may be a different looking Sixers team than we have seen in the past. It will be interesting to see if it helps them cover the spread
The Sixers have had a lot of issues covering large spreads this season. They are a great team, they win a lot of games, but those games are usually close. The Sixers have also had major issues on defense covering guards. The second time these two teams matched up the Sixers got torched by none other than TJ McConnell, it is scary to think what Oladipo can do to them.
A rested Embiid is a sight for sore eyes in terms of Sixers fans. The man has all the potential in the world but sometimes it just doesn’t show through. We believe if he’s on the court the other team is in trouble, and the Pacers may be missing their best defensive player and rebounder. Embiid should have his way with this Pacers team and a Ben Simmons who shoots three pointers, boy oh boy. See our Pacers vs. Sixers prediction below
Full Sixers vs. Pacers Prediction
There is no easy pick in our Sixers vs. Pacer prediction because this spread is sitting in a tough spot. So far in the bubble we have seen two competitive teams keep the score close, which means we are leaning towards the dog in this fight. The Pacers are getting back their star player but are losing their underrated big man. The Sixers are well rested and back to being healthy to which is a scary thought, but they have trouble containing guards, and throughout the regular season they had trouble covering spreads. It may be smart to take the points and hope for the best, but if you want to see all the data behind our Sixers Pacers prediction make sure you subscribe to BetQL where you can find all the data you need to make an informed bet.