Indiana Pacers vs Philadelphia 76ers Prediction, 3/1/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Indiana Pacers vs Philadelphia 76ers
Date: Monday, March 1, 2021
Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Odds/Point Spread: Indiana (+2.5)
The Philadelphia 76ers (22-12) play the Indiana Pacers (15-17) at Wells Fargo Center on Monday. Indiana opens this matchup as 2.5-point underdogs. The over/under has been set at 223.
The Indiana Pacers played the New York Knicks and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 110-107 in their last game. Indiana finished the game with a 45.2% FG percentage (38 out of 84) and converted 11 out of their 28 3-pointers. At the free throw line, the Pacers buried 20 of their 25 tries for a rate of 80.0%. Concerning grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 35 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 27 dimes in the game while forcing the other team into 18 turnovers and having 5 steals. Regarding defense, Indiana let their opponent shoot 49.4% from the floor on 40 of 81 shooting. New York earned 26 assists and had 12 steals for this contest. In addition, New York snagged 38 rebounds (4 offensive, 34 defensive) and had 2 blocked shots. New York shot 81.8% when shooting free throws by converting 18 of their 22 tries. They also made 12 of 24 attempts from downtown.
Doug McDermott is someone who was a major contributor in this game. He left the arena with 20 points on 6 of 11 shooting. He played for 22:24 mins played and collected 5 rebounds. McDermott shot 54.5% from the floor but wasn't able to get a dime. One more player that was a factor in this game for the Pacers was T.J. McConnell. He collected 6 rebounds in 46:20 minutes played. He walked away from this one shooting 61.5% from the field in this matchup by connecting on 8-of-13 (17 points). When all was said and done, McConnell accounted for 12 assists.
Indiana heads into this matchup with a record of 15-17 on the campaign. They are averaging 113.0 pts per game (15th in the league) while going 47.1% from the floor. The Pacers are connecting on 36.6% on shots from downtown (394 of 1,076) and 78.4% from the charity stripe. As a team, Indiana is pulling in 42.5 boards per game and is sitting with 850 assists on the season, which ranks 11th in the league in terms of passing. They turn the ball over 13.6 times per game and as a squad are committing 20.5 personal fouls per game. On defense, the Pacers are forcing 15.0 turnovers every game while drawing 19.0 fouls. The Pacers are giving up a FG percentage of 46.2% (481 of 609) and they relinquish 45.0 boards per game as a group. They rank 16th in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 822 relinquished this year. They give up 37.8% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 15th in the league in PPG from their opponents (112.0).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Philadelphia 76ers walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 112-109 when they faced the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 76ers were able to snag 38 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 46 in this matchup. They also coughed up the ball 18 times, while getting 9 steals in the matchup. The Cavaliers earned 26 personal fouls in the game which got the 76ers to the free throw line for a total of 35 tries. They were able to make 23 of the free throws for a rate of 65.7%. Concerning shots from 3-point land, Philadelphia converted 10 of 28 tries (35.7%). In all, the 76ers went 38 out of 84 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 45.2%. The 76ers permitted the Cavaliers to convert 41 of their 97 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 42.3% for this contest. They wrapped up this game 33.3% from downtown by connecting on 8 out of 24 and walked away from this one shooting 22 of 29 from the free throw line (75.9%). Regarding rebounds, Philadelphia permitted Cleveland to collect 53 overall (13 on the offensive glass).
Joel Embiid ended up having an impact for the 76ers in this matchup. He made 13 out of 22 in the game giving him a field goal percentage of 59.1%, and had 13 rebounds. Embiid earned 42 points in his 40:29 mins on the hardwood and totaled 6 assists for the matchup. One more player that ended being a contributor for Philadelphia was Ben Simmons. He wrapped the game up with 8 dimes in his 40:47 mins played, and he put in 11 out of 17 from the floor. Simmons ended up shooting 64.7% from the field and also totaling 24 points and 7 total rebounds.
Philadelphia has a mark of 22-12 on the season. The 76ers commit 20.1 fouls per contest while shooting 78.2% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 23.4 times per game (24th in the league) and they are turning it over 15.6 times per game. Philadelphia has scored 3,867 points for the season (113.7 per game) and they collect 45.9 rebounds per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the 76ers are shooting 47.4% from the field, which is 10th in the league. The 76ers on the defensive side of the court are 9th in the league in points allowed per game with 110.7. They have conceded 23.9 dimes and 42.6 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 11th and 8th in the league. The Philadelphia defense concedes 36.5% on 3-pointers (431 of 1,182) and their opponents are converting on 78.3% of their free throw shots. They are able to force 14.9 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 45.0% from the field (6th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Philadelphia (-2.5)
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