Indiana Pacers vs Philadelphia 76ers / NBA – Both teams recorded defeats before this duel, which ended their series of victories. Indiana has recorded three wins in a row before their defeat by Houston, while the 76ers made two triumphs before their surprising defeat by the Nets. This will be the first of their four mutual duels in the regular part of the season.
Indiana Pacers vs Philadelphia 76ers begins 08.11.2018 at 02:00 CET
After Paul George’s departure two seasons ago, Indiana Pacers were predicted a significant drop on the table and the inability to fight for the playoffs. However, it is obvious that Victor Oladipo is an excellent successor and somebody around whom they can create a team for the future. Oladipo is playing very good this season (he has a few nights ago scored a three pointer which has brought his team a victory over Boston) and led the team with an average of 23 points per match (with 7.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists). Pacers’ are currently at effect of seven wins and four defeats and they are second in their division.
They have the third defence in the league, and only 24th attack. They are not very strong in rebounds (only two teams are weaker than them in the league in this segment), and they are now welcoming the third rebounding team in NBA (76ers record 9 rebounds on average). Young Sabonis is a revelation for the Pacers this season, who is the second shooter and first team jumper, while their summer boost Evans is coping well as the sixth team player. They need more points from wing Young (9.9), and they especially lack a stronger game from the young center Turner under the basket (only 4.9 rebounds per match).
Probable lineups Indiana Pacers: Collison, Oladipo, Bogdanovic, Young, Turner
Philadelphia is a team that will surely be in the top of the East, as well as NBA league, in the upcoming years. They have such a great composition that can only thrive, and time is working for them. However, if they continue to play like they did at the start of this season, then it will be difficult to have a more significant effect in the regular part of the season, because they have only won matches in their hall, while they lost all of them as guests. Their effect of six wins and five defeats currently ranks them at the fifth place in the East, though they have the effect of 5-5 against the teams from their conference (they will have a difficult task against teams from the West).
They are a better team than Pacers in attack, but their defence is significantly weaker thank the Pacers’. 76ers have a wider attack and they are surely more versatile than the team from Indiana. Embiid can create major problems for the inner line of Indiana, while Simmons, Fultz, Redick, McConnell and Shamet will be a constant threat to the outside line of the hosts. Simmons and Oladipo have similar characteristics in their game, but the 76ers’ guard can rely more on the help of his teammates.
Probable lineups Philadelphia 76ers: Simmons, Fultz, Covington, Saric, Embiid
Indiana Pacers vs Philadelphia 76ers PICK
Indiana has won the last eight duels at home against 76ers and they want to continue this series. If the 76ers do not want to be considered a team that wins only in their hall, they must stop this negative tradition in Indianapolis. They have the knowledge and the game for something like that, so we expect a good resistance from the 76ers, and perhaps even a victory.
Pick: Philadelphia +2.5 points
Odds: 1.95 at pinnacle (down to 1.86 can be played)
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