Indiana Pacers (25-55) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (49-31)
April 9, 2022 1:00 pm EDT
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers 14.5; Over/Under: +231
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The Indiana Pacers pay a visit to the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Indiana Pacers have been in terrible form as they’ve lost 13 of their last 16 games overall and they will be looking to put an end to an eight-game losing streak after getting stopped by the 76ers in a 131-122 loss on Tuesday. Buddy Hield led the team with 25 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, Tyrese Haliburton added 21 points with eight rebounds and five assists while Jalen Smith chipped in with 19 points, seven rebounds and three blocks off the bench. As a team, the Pacers shot 47 percent from the field and 12 of 40 from the 3-point line, but their defense cost them in this one as they were always fighting a losing battle after getting blown out by 49-28 in the second quarter. Oshae Brissett had a night to forget as he finished with just four points on one of nine shooting from the field.
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers have been in fine form as they’ve won six of their last 10 games, but they will be aiming to bounce back after having their three-game win streak halted by the Raptors in a 119-114 road loss on Thursday. Joel Embiid led the team with 30 points and 10 rebounds, Tyrese Maxey added 22 points while Danny Green drained six 3-pointers to finish with 18 points. As a team, the 76ers shot 49 percent from the field and 19 of 36 from the 3-point line as they poured in 33 points in the first quarter to take an early 15-point lead, but they couldn’t hold off the Raptors in the second half who rallied behind a combined 67 points from Pascal Siakam and Gary Trent Jr to slip away in the end.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pacers are 1-5 ATS in their last six games playing on three or more days’ rest and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS win. The 76ers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record, 0-6 ATS in their last six games against a team below .400 and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Philadelphia and the Pacers are 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings overall.
The Pacers already have five players listed as out and they also have Jalen Smith and Goga Bitadze listed as questionable for this one. The 76ers are just about at full strength except for the injured Georges Niang, and they were on a nice run before getting stopped by the Raptors in a close one on Thursday. You never know what you’re going to get from the Pacers who are already looking to the offseason and they just don’t have the firepower to hang in this one. Give me the 76ers to take care of business in a big home win.