Indiana Pacers vs. Philadelphia 76ers Preview
This is a direct clash for the fifth position in the East and possibly the fourth, currently held by the Miami Heat. Both the Pacers and the 76ers have the same record (39-26) and are two wins behind the Heat (41-24). Many are saying that the intensity of matches isn’t going to be the same as before, because there won’t be any need to fight for the home-court advantage, as there isn’t one inside the Orlando bubble. On the other hand, certain teams have preferences when talking about their rivals, and it won’t be odd to see them fighting to have a more “suitable” rival in the first round of the NBA playoffs. For now it seems that Boston isn’t that rival.
Indiana Pacers vs. Philadelphia 76ers Odds
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How and When to Watch Indiana Pacers vs. Philadelphia 76ers
When: Saturday, August 1, 7 pm ET
Where: Visa Athletic Center, Orlando, Fla
How to watch: NBA TV
Pacers Looking Good During the Scrimmage
Apart from the match against the Spurs, which they lost, 111-118, the Pacers were looking pretty sharp during their scrimmage games. At first, they defeated Portland Trail Blazers in a pretty intense matchup, 91-88, and after that took down the Dallas Mavs, 118-111. All this without Domantas Sabonis who was injured, and won’t play this match. The former Gonzaga Bulldog will spend some time away from the court.
Meanwhile, what bothers the Pacers fans is the situation surrounding Victor Oladipo, who played during the recent period, but is questionable for this action.
Apart from these two guys, the only one missing for the Pacers is going to be Goga Bitadze.
Simmons and His Three-Point Shooting – an X-Factor?
Many of the 76ers fans are hoping to see the new and improved Ben Simmons, who allegedly spent a lot of time during the pause to work on his three-point shooting. There were even some footages of the Aussie practicing and making numerous straight threes after his team arrived in Orlando.
Philly recorded two losses and a win in their scrimmage contests. The first game was against the Grizzlies, 90-83, and after that one, came defeats, vs. OKC Thunder, 102-97, and Dallas Mavs, 118-115 OT.
Ryan Broekhoff is out for this one, the same as Zhaire Smith.
Head to Head Matches
These two teams met three times since the start of the season, and right now, the Pacers have the edge. The 76ers won in the opener at home, 119-116, with the next two games taking place in Indianapolis. Both concluded in Pacers’ favor, 115-97 and 101-95. It seems that the home court presented a big advantage in these matchups.
It will be interesting to see how Indiana handles Joel Embiid and Al Horford in this one, as they lack depth under the rim. Both Bitadze and Sabonis are very important for their game inside the paint, especially the latter one who became one of the best big players in the NBA.
Only because of this we are suggesting to bet on Philly’s plain win, which currently stands at -210. The spread is +5 on the Pacers and wouldn’t want to risk with that right now.