- Philadelphia has been on a tear over its last eight games and is a 6.5-point road favorite against Indiana on Tuesday night (8 pm ET)
- Indiana will likely be without Malcolm Brogdon for a seventh consecutive game, while the 76ers expect to welcome Ben Simmons back to the lineup
- Read below for a full breakdown and pick on the game
The Philadelphia 76ers are arguably the NBA’s hottest team, and they take on the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night, who they’ve already defeated twice this season.
The Pacers battled back to win against Cleveland on Monday night, but face a rested 76ers side in the second game of a home back-to-back. Indiana has been a poor home team against the spread this season, and are 6.5-point underdogs against the top team in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers are in danger of missing the playoffs, but have been good in the back half of consecutive games, and are 10-5 overall and ATS in such contests.
76ers vs Pacers Odds
|Team||Spread||Moneyline at FanDuel||Total|
|Philadelphia 76ers||-6.5 (-110)||-280||OFF|
|Indiana Pacers||+6.5 (-110)||+230||OFF|
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Surging Philly Looks to Keep Things Rolling
Philadelphia has won its last eight games, and last three on the road. Although the 76ers are a ho-hum 16-16-2 ATS as the away side this season, Indiana is an even more disappointing 10-23 ATS at home.
casual 23-point first half for Joel Embiid: pic.twitter.com/KYhy4SsEyX
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) May 8, 2021
Joel Embiid has scored at least 30 points in three of his last five games, and scored 29 in another during that stretch. The star center only played in one of the two previous games between the two, but had 24 points and 13 rebounds in Philly’s March 1st win. On average, Indiana has allowed the most points in the paint in the league this season, but they’ve been even worse than usual in their last three games prior to Monday’s win.
76ers guard Seth Curry has been a reliable three-point shooter all year, but he has been especially sharp lately. He didn’t play in the team’s last game against Detroit, but in the four games prior, he has shot 61.5% from beyond the arc. Ben Simmons also missed the team’s last outing with back tightness, but is expected back in the lineup against the Pacers.
Depth Concerns for Indiana
If shooting guard Kelan Martin didn’t have a career 25-point night off the bench for Indiana on Monday night, the Pacers likely would have taken a loss to one of the East’s worst teams. For his career, Martin has averaged 4.6 points per game, and this season on a depleted roster, he’s averaging 2.9.
Kelan Martin is having himself a GAME. Another clutch 3-pointer to build on the #Pacers' lead.
— Bally Sports Indiana (@BallySportsIN) May 11, 2021
The Pacers usual starter, Malcolm Brogdon, has been out since April with a hamstring injury, and though he hasn’t been ruled out for Tuesday night’s game, updates on his return have been sparse. All indications are pointing to Brogdon likely missing the game against Philly as well, but even if he were to play, it would be hard to expect him to step in after two weeks in this scenario and light it up.
Two of Indiana’s starters, Oshae Brissett and Edmond Sumner, finished with eight and two points respectively on Monday. The brother combo of Aaron and Justin Holiday combined for 12 points off the bench — 11 of which were scored by the latter. The Pacers’ bench has been a strength this season, but it almost has to be without significant support for Domantas Sabonis and Caris LeVert elsewhere on the roster.
Full Steam Ahead for Philly
Even though the Pacers are coming off a nice win at home, and have been a good team in the second half of back-to-back games, there seems to be too much working against them on Tuesday. During this eight-game winning streak, the 76ers have beaten their opponents by an average of 18 points.
Martin sank three-of-four three-pointers against Cleveland, but the rest of the Pacers shot a pedestrian 36% from distance. The 76ers have been a top-10 defense defending threes and Doc Rivers should have a full complement of players at his disposal on Tuesday night. Philadelphia covered in both of its previous games against Indiana and are positioned to do so once more against a reeling Pacers side.
Pick: Philadelphia -6.5 (-110)
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