The Philadelphia 76ers (25-15) look to put an end to their five-game road losing streak in a matchup against the Indiana Pacers (24-15) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest – Indiana at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, January 13, 2020.
Philadelphia 76ers at Indiana Pacers Free Prediction
The 76ers were unable to cover as 2.5-point underdogs in their 109-91 loss to the Dallas Mavericks in their last contest. The combined points for the game (200) came in well under the projected point total of 222.5. One of Dallas’ biggest strengths was getting to the charity stripe. They had 27 free throw attempts, while Philadelphia had just 12. Ben Simmons had a good performance for Philadelphia, finishing with 11 points, 11 assists and five rebounds.
The last time the Pacers took the court, they were victorious over the Chicago Bulls, 116-105, despite being 1.5-point underdogs. The total points for the game (221) came in over the O/U total of 213. The Pacers held the Bulls to an offensive rebounding percentage of 13.6 (below their season average of 22.6) and had a better turnover percentage (10.9 vs. 14.7). Myles Turner was Indiana’s top scorer with 27 points on 10-for-18 shooting from the field.
The two teams have split their two matchups this season. The Pacers won the most recent matchup 115-97, covering as 4-point favorites. The game finished with a total of 212 points, which was just 4.5 points below the projected point total of 216.5 points. The Pacers had a better turnover percentage (5.8 vs. 10.7) and had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.552 vs. 0.440). Domantas Sabonis recorded a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
Philadelphia is 25-15 straight up (SU), but they are just 18-19-3 against the spread (ATS). A little over half of the 76ers’ games have finished over the total.
Meanwhile, Indiana owns records of 24-15 SU and 20-17-2 ATS. Similarly to Philadelphia, Pacers games have a slight tendency to go over the O/U total (51.3 percent).
Half-court execution will be at a premium when two of the NBA’s slowest-paced teams go head-to-head. Indiana currently ranks 24th in possessions per game (100.8) and Philadelphia is 22nd (101.2).
Philadelphia 76ers at Indiana Pacers Free Pick
Free NBA Tip: ATS Winner – 76ers, O/U – Over
On the road, Philadelphia is 8-11-1 ATS with 10 overs, 9 unders and 1 push.
At home, Indiana is 10-8-2 ATS with 10 overs and 10 unders.
When holding opponents under 100 points, Indiana is 6-1 and Philadelphia is 11-1.
When scoring more than 100 points, the Pacers are 24-9 and the 76ers are 22-7.
Philadelphia ranks third in second chance points allowed per game (11.7) while Indiana ranks 21st (13.5).
The Pacers rank first in steals allowed per game (6.6) while the 76ers rank 13th (7.3).
Philadelphia ranks second in blocks allowed per game (4.0) while Indiana ranks 13th (4.7).
The 76ers rank first in rebounds allowed per game (41.0) while the Pacers rank 10th (44.7).
Philadelphia ranks first in three pointers allowed per game (27.8) while Indiana ranks ninth (32.7).
The 76ers rank third in assists allowed per game (21.8) while the Pacers rank 11th (23.3).
Philadelphia averages 48.1 points in the paint per game, which ranks 14th in the league. Indiana ranks 16th in points allowed in the paint per game (48.3).
Over its last five outings, Philadelphia is 1-4 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
Indiana is 2-3 ATS with 5 overs over its last five games.
The 76ers have been outscored by an average of 5.6 points in their last five games. On the season, Philadelphia has defeated opponents by an average of 3.5 points.
During their last five games, the Pacers have scored an average of 113.2 points per game (3.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 114.2 points per game (7.7 above their season average).