Indiana Pacers vs. Philadelphia 76ers
The Philadelphia 76ers can wrap up the last available spot in the East if they take down the Indiana Pacers tonight. The Pacers are -5.5 point favorites over the 76ers with an over/under point total set at 188.
With just three wins in their last 10 games, the 76ers have been stumbling their way towards a playoff berth, but at least they were able to rout the Cavaliers by 103-87 in their last outing. It took a while for the Sixers to get going, but after some stern words from coach Doug Collins, Jrue Holiday ignited the team with five treys to lead the team with a game-high 24 points and ensure victory. Andre Iguodala also added 19 points and 13 rebounds, but with the game practically won after three quarters, coach Collins was able to rest his starters and give his reserves plenty of playing time. Philadelphia is now three games clear of the ninth placed Milwaukee, so a win here would secure a playoff berth.
Meanwhile, the Pacers have probably been the hottest team heading into the playoffs, with 11 wins in their last 12 games, including seven wins on the trot. Their hot form was on full display in their last outing as they took down the Bucks by 118-109 behind a game-high 29 points from Danny Granger. George Hill also had 22 points and eight assists, while David West added 21 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists as the Pacers put together their highest point total of the season. With just three games left to play, the Pacers are locked into the third seed for the playoffs.
Head to head, the Pacers have taken the last two meetings and are 11-5-1 ATS in the last 17 meetings. Based on form, the Pacers should be hot favorites to win this game by double digits in front of their home fans, but while the Pacers have little to play for, the 76ers need a win to clinch the final playoff spot, so it’s possible that the Pacers will rest one or two players for this game. For this game, I’m going to wait till the last moment for any unexpected player absences before placing my bet. If the lineups are as usual, I’m taking the Pacers, but if there are any changes, this could be a great chance for an upset for the 76ers.
Indiana Pacers -5.5 Philadelphia 76ers