Indiana Pacers vs Philadelphia 76ers betting tips and predictions for Tuesday’s NBA game. It’s an all-Eastern Conference affair in Indiana tonight as the Pacers host the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2nd of 3 meetings that will be played this regular season. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
There’s not much to play for here for Indiana, as they’ve already been eliminated from playoff contention months ago and currently they are on a 7-game losing streak following their latest loss to Detroit at home. There’s about 8 players on the injury report for Indy at the moment and that’s been the story of their season. Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield are trying their best to hold the team afloat during this difficult time, but nothing is going their way at the moment.
The Pacers have covered just twice in their last 7 games, but they do have a decent record against the spread in home games vs Philadelphia. In their last 6 such games they’ve gone 5-1 ATS, but in most of those games they had a healthy roster that was able to compete which isn’t the case right now. In their last 7 home games overall they have just 1 win to show for.
It’s all about playoff seeding and Joel Embiid’s MVP campaign at the moment for the Philadelphia 76ers. The big man put in another strong performance with 44 points vs the Cavaliers the other day, with the win his team remained in 4th place in the standings, tied with the Milwaukee Bucks who are ahead of them as they hold the tie-breaker. Finishing 4th wouldn’t be that bad, as they would play the Chicago Bulls in the 1st round as things stand.
Philly is one of the toughest teams to predict in the East, on some nights they look like a legit title contender, but then on certain nights they lose to teams like the Detroit Pistons. They’ve won 13 of 20 games and are 12-6 SU in their last 18 vs Eastern Conference teams. Covering on the road has been difficult lately though as they’ve done so just once in their last 5 games.
Philly’s biggest advantage here is Joel Embiid. The Pacers simply don’t have anyone to match-up with him and I think he could be in for another big game tonight. Let’s back the road team to win by double-digits here.
Indiana Pacers vs Philadelphia 76ers Predictions & Odds
Only the Houston Rockets allow more points at home this season than the Indiana Pacers who are giving up 114.4 per game. In their last 3 games overall they’ve given up an average of 124.7 per game which is the 3rd worst mark in the entire league. That’s really good news for Embiid and co. who have scored 144 and 112 in their last 2 outings vs Charlotte and Cleveland. The game played earlier this season between these teams ended with 231 points, which is encouraging for tonight’s bet.
Indiana has gone over the total in 27 of 40 home games, so it’s pretty clear they aren’t focused on defending at all when playing in front of their home fans. In their last 7 games vs Eastern Conference teams they’ve gone over the total in 6 of them, while against the Sixers in the 3 most recent meetings that has happened twice. In a battle between the 28th best defensive efficiency and this seasons’ MVP candidate, I think backing the over is the way to go here.