Indiana Pacers vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 3/1/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia 76ers (13-45) at Indiana Pacers (24-34)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers -11.5 -- Over/Under: 189.5 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia 76ers travel to Indianapolis to take on the Indiana Pacers tonight.
The Philadelphia 76ers were able to snap a five-game losing streak on Friday with a hard-fought 89-81 win over the shorthanded Wizards on Friday. Offensively, there wasn't much to write home about because other than Nerlens Noel's 14 points and Robert Covington's 13 points, the Sixers were pretty poor in scoring the basketball, shooting just 35 percent from the field. However, the Sixers did a great job on defense, holding the Wizards to just 32.3 percent shooting and John Wall to 7 of 26 shooting from the field. Despite the win, Philadelphia is still only 13-45 on the season which is only one win better than the league-worst New York.
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Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers have won seven of their last nine overall and are coming off a solid 93-86 win over the Cavaliers who were without LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. The game didn't start too well for the Pacers as they fell behind by 28-19 after the first quarter, but they were able to dominate the second and third quarters by a combined 55-33 which flipped the game on its head. Rodney Stuckey led the team with 19 points off the bench while George Hill racked up a triple-double of 15 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. Indiana has really done everything they can to climb the Eastern Conference standings and now they find themselves in a logjam of five teams playing for the final spot in the playoff race.
In ATS trends, the 76ers are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a losing record, while the Pacers are 5-0 ATS in their last five home games and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the 76ers are 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings and the Over is 6-1-1 in the last eight meetings in Indiana.
The Pacers should definitely win this game by double digits especially since they've already beaten the Sixers in their own building by 106-95 back on Feb. 20, but I'm always worried about the backdoor cover.