Indiana Pacers vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 11/23/13
Philadelphia 76ers (5-8) at Indiana Pacers (10-1)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers -13.5 -- Over/Under: 194.5 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers look to stay perfect at home when they play host to the Philadelphia 76ers tonight.
The Pacers had their historic win streak snapped at nine games last Saturday against the Bulls, but look to already be starting a new one as they bounced back with wins over the Knicks and the Celtics. Last night against Boston, Paul George led the way with a game-high 27 points while David West and Luis Scola scored 17 points apiece, but the MVP of the night was probably Lance Stephenson who finished with his second career triple double. On the defensive end, the Pacers were as merciless as ever, especially in the third quarter where they held the C's to just eight points. With the win, Indiana improved to 11-1 on the season and 5-1 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the 76ers were able to snap a four-game skid last night with a 115-107 overtime victory against the Bucks. Spencer Hawes had the hot hand early and finished with 25 points, including a clutch off-balance three pointer to force overtime, while Evan Turner led the team with 27 points, including eight for 12 from the field in the fourth quarter and overtime. Michael Carter-Williams has cooled off since his hot start to the season, but did have himself a nice game of 12 points, eight rebounds, 11 assists and five steals in his second game back from injury. With the win, Philadelphia improved to 6-8 on the season and 5-4 at home.
In ATS trends, the 76ers are 10-26 ATS in their last 36 games playing on no days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a win, while the Pacers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a losing record and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 hames against a team with a losing record and 12-3 ATS in their last 15 home games.
The Sixers will be happy with their dramatic overtime win last night, but that was against the struggling Bucks while this game is against one of the toughest teams in the league. The Pacers have yet to be beaten at home and I seriously doubt that tonight is the night that ends. I'm really tempted to take the Sixers with the hefty spread in this one, but the Pacers have been unflappable at home thus far and I expect more of the same here.