Philadelphia 76ers vs. Indiana Pacers - 12/31/19 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Philadelphia 76ers vs Indiana Pacers
Date: Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Odds/Point Spread: Philadelphia -1
Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers (23-12, 3rd in the Atlantic Division) go to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday where they'll meet the Indiana Pacers (21-12, 2nd in the Central Division). Philadelphia opens this game as 1 point favorites. The over/under opens at 212.
The 76ers are covering the spread 48.4% of the time, having gone 15-16-4 ATS. Indiana is covering 56.2% of the time, going 18-14-1 against the spread.
Key Philadelphia 76ers Injuries
12/22/2019 Matisse Thybulle SG Knee Expected to be out until at least Jan 6
Key Indiana Pacers Injuries
12/29/2019 Naz Mitrou-Long SG Ankle Game Time Decision
12/29/2019 Malcolm Brogdon PG Hamstring Game Time Decision
12/28/2019 Edmond Sumner PG Knee Game Time Decision
12/25/2019 Victor Oladipo SG Knee Expected to be out until at least Jan 27
Ben Simmons comes into this game averaging 14.4 points per contest while playing 35.2 minutes per night this year. He grabs 7.0 rebounds per contest and distributes 8.7 assists per game. His FG percentage is 56% while his free throw percentage is 58%. Joel Embiid averages 23.7 points per contest in 30.9 minutes per game. He averages 3.1 assists per game and 12.4 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 48% for the season while his free throw percentage is 83%.
T.J. Warren scores 17.7 points per contest while playing 32.4 minutes per game. He hauls in 3.6 rebounds per contest and has 1.2 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage is at 84%. Domantas Sabonis averages 17.4 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 34.2 minutes per game. He also brings in 13.4 rebounds per game and has 3.9 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage is 74%.
Useful Team Statistics
Philadelphia averages 109.9 points per contest, which is 17th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 4.8 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a unit, which has them ranked 4th. From 3-point territory they shoot 37%, which is good for 7th in the NBA. They average 46.2 boards per contest and 26.5 assists per game, which ranks them 9th and 5th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 11th with 15.5 per game. The 76ers allow 105.1 points per contest, which is 4th in the NBA. They also surrender a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 14th and 13th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 40.4 rebounds a game which ranks 1st, and they allow 21.6 assists per game which puts them in 3rd place in the league. They force 14.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 9th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Indiana is 19th in the NBA with 108.9 points per contest this season. They are 8th in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 3.21. They shoot 36% from beyond the arc, which is good for 9th in the league. They are 21st in the NBA in rebounding with 44.2 boards per contest and 9th in assists per game with 25.2. The Pacers are 28th in turnovers per contest with 13.4. The Pacers give up 105.7 points per game, which ranks them 6th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 6th and 9th in those defensive statistics. They rank 10th with 23.4 dimes allowed per game and 14th with 45.3 boards surrendered per contest. The Pacers are 10th in the league in forcing turnovers with 14.5 per contest this year.
The 76ers are 14th in the league in defensive rating with 105, and their offensive rating of 109.8 is ranked 6th. They are 19th in the NBA in pace with 99.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 54% is 8th. As a unit they are 11th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shot attempts, ranking 25th in the NBA. Philadelphia is 7th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.1 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 51%, which is 19th in the NBA.
Indiana is 25th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.8 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 26th in the NBA. The Pacers are 16th in the league in defensive rating with 105.9, and their offensive rating of 109.1 is ranked 9th. They are 24th in the NBA in pace with 98.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 18th. As a unit they are 18th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 31% of their shot attempts, ranking 29th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's 76ers/Pacers NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Indiana +1
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