Philadelphia 76ers vs. Indiana Pacers - 3/14/14
Indiana Pacers (47-17) at Philadelphia 76ers (15-48)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers travel to the Wells Fargo Center to battle the Philadelphia 76ers tonight.
The 76ers are mired in a horrific 18-game losing streak and it looks like that streak will be safe for at least another couple weeks as seven of their next eight games are against teams above .500. On Wednesday, Henry Sims had himself a nice double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds while James Anderson and Thaddeus Young added 17 and 16 points respectively, but but it was never going to be enough as the 76ers shot just 39 percent from the field, committed 21 turnovers and put the Kings to the foul line an amazing 50 times.
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On the other side of the Eastern Conference standings, we have the Pacers who will be relieved after snapping their four-game losing streak with a 94-83 win over the Celtics on Tuesday. David West scored an efficient 24 points on 11 of 13 shooting while Paul George added just 12 points, but with the defense holding the Cetlics to just 35 percent shooting, it was more than enough. It was great to finally see the Pacers play some solid defense again but it was even better to see Andrew Bynum make his debut for the team, scoring eight points and 10 rebounds in just 16 minutes off the bench.
In ATS trends, the Pacers are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall and 3-13 ATS in their last 16 road games, while the 76ers are 16-36 ATS in their last 52 games overall and 4-22 ATS in their last 26 home games.
Head to head, the Pacers are 13-5-2 ATS in the last 20 meetings in Philadelphia and the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings overall.
The Pacers are obviously going to be favored by double digits in this game but I won't make my pick until I see the line for this game so please check back later for my free pick.
As expected, the Pacers have opened as massive favorites as visitors here but it does look like a couple points too many. I can't see this game being close at all but there's always a chance of a backdoor cover.