The Indiana Pacers and the Philadelphia 76ers will be in the limelight as they square off in primetime on ESPN tonight. This game takes on added significance because of the fact that these two young teams are essentially tied for a playoff spot as well. Our pick from Indiana and Philadelphia odds were taken from Top Bet sportsbook.
These teams have only played once so far this season which was way back on January 9th when the Sixers defeated the Pacers 96-86. Down the stretch however these two will face off 3 times total including this contest.
Recently Philadelphia has been paced by young star player in the making, Evan Turner. This is great for the 76ers’ front office to see because up until recently Turner had not met the expectations of being the number 2 pick overall in the 2010 draft.
In order to reward the youngster for his quality play, head coach Doug Collins has made the young upstart a member of the starting five. While he had a dreadful 1 for 12 night shooting the ball the last time these teams met, do not expect a similar performance as Turner has averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds per game in his last 3 outings.
The 76ers were last in action on Sunday in a resounding victory over the Knicks at home in Philly. Turner paced the starters with 24 and Lou Williams came off the bench with a stellar 28 point effort of his own.
The Pacers on the other hand are 5-5 in their last 10 games. However the losses in this stretch have all been to future Eastern Conference playoff teams.
The Pacers seemed to find their stride defensively speaking last night when they held the Trail Blazers to just 31% shooting from the field. Bench player Louis Amundson provided an offensive lift with 21 points in the game as well.
Of note also, is the fact that the 76ers will get center Spencer Hawes back from injury. Hawes has been sidelined since February 9th, but coach Doug Collins said that he expects Hawes to start on Wednesday night, but see limited minutes as they work him back into game shape.
The under is 11-2 in Philly’s last 13 ATS vs. the Central Division. Overall the under is 9-3 in their last 12 contests.
Something that is also glaring is that the Pacers are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games and vs. the eastern conference the under is 8-2-1 in their last 11. Bet Philadelphia at a pick at the best online sportsbooks.