The Philadelphia 76ers travel to Indianapolis for one last time in the regular season. They challenge the Pacers on Tuesday night and try to extend a two-game winning streak to three.
Despite falling out of the playoff picture, the Pacers try to end their season on a high note. This is their chance to snap a seven-game losing streak, albeit against a much more composed Sixers squad.
With the regular season coming to an end, Nitrobetting goes over the must-watch games for basketball and betting fans. Check out the 76ers vs. Pacers preview below, featuring game details, crucial stats, the latest NBA betting odds, trends, and predictions.
76ers vs. Pacers Game Information
- When: Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
- Where: Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IA
- TV: NBA TV
- Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic (76ers) / 107.5 FM The Fan (Pacers)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: 76ers (-11.5) / Pacers (+11.5)
Why Bet on the Philadelphia 76ers?
The Sixers are averaging 109.2 points (20th) per game on 46.3% shooting (16th). The team records a 52.4% two-point shooting (22nd) percentage and 36.0% from deep (11th). The numbers might not stack up against the Pacers and seem like a match, but the team does have some of the deadliest scorers in the league. Additionally, the Sixers are the best free-throw shooting team in the league at 82.1%.
Defense is where the 76ers thrive. The squad limits opponents to 106.8 points (sixth) per game. They also have the edge in shooting defense. The Sixers held teams to 45.7% shooting (13th), featuring 52.6% opponent two-point (11th) and 34.5% three-point (eighth) shooting.
A recent addition to the lineup, James Harden, is a threat at the number one position. His duo with Joel Embiid makes for an effective combination that can easily outscore the best team out there. Having a healthy core team will also help the Sixers gain some more advantage in this matchup.
Why Bet on the Indiana Pacers?
The Pacers have to go over the losing slump of seven-straight defeats with only three games remaining. They only faced Philadelphia once in the regular season, but are now lined up with back-to-back games against the Eastern Conference No. 4 seed. It’s going to be a challenging week for Indiana as they finish with an underwhelming 2021/22 NBA season.
Indiana averages 111.0 points (14th) per game on 46.2% shooting (17th). They are relatively better from the short and mid-range with a 54.1% two-point shooting average (11th). The team does most of the damage in the paint, recording almost 50 points in the paint per game good for a fourth-best record in the league. Meanwhile, we are likely to see the side hold back from beyond the arc with a 34.3% three-point percentage (25th).
Offensive rebounding also highlights one of the Pacers’ stronger traits. The team collects 11.3 offensive boards on average, producing more second-chance points along the way.
The hosts are trailing in terms of defense. The Pacers allow 114.3 points (25th) per game. They also have one of the poorest shooting defenses right now, allowing teams to average 48.0% shooting.
Indiana is burdened with injuries this season. The list includes Myles Turner, Malcolm Brogdon, and Goga Bitadze. The core team is virtually lacking right now and it will be a testing night for the hosts once again.
76ers vs. Pacers Betting Trends
- The Sixers are 3-2 in the last five road games (1-4 ATS).
- The Sixers are 5-5 in the last ten games against the Pacers (4-6 ATS).
- The totals went under in seven of the Sixers’ last ten road games against the Pacers.
- The Pacers are 3-7 in the last ten games at Gainbridge Fieldhouse (4-6 ATS).
- The Pacers are 4-1 in the last five home games against the Sixers (4-1 ATS).
- The totals went over in seven of the Pacers’ last ten games.
76ers vs. Pacers Expert Betting Prediction
The Pacers continue to struggle towards the end of the season. This puts them at a clear disadvantage despite playing in front of their home crowd. However, the odds look attractive enough as we’ve seen the Pacers covering the spread in the past few weeks. A win might be a longshot, but Indiana still brings good value to the table. Meanwhile, the Sixers are double-digit favorites in this one. Although the visitors dropped two of their last three road games, they have better overall records and consistent results this season. The Sixers should be good with a healthy lineup coming into the contest.
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