Philadelphia 76ers vs Indiana Pacers Prediction, 1/31/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Philadelphia 76ers vs Indiana Pacers
Date: Sunday, January 31, 2021
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Odds/Point Spread: Philadelphia (-2)
The Indiana Pacers (11-8) host the Philadelphia 76ers (14-6) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Sunday. Philadelphia opens this game as 2-point favorites. The O/U opens at 223.
The Philadelphia 76ers stepped onto the hardwood against the Minnesota Timberwolves and walked away with a win by a score of 118-94 in their last game. Philadelphia ended the contest with a 44.8% field goal percentage (39 of 87) and buried 8 of their 16 shots from beyond the arc. At the free throw line, the 76ers made 32 of their 38 attempts for a percentage of 84.2%. When talking about rebounding, they compiled 51 with 12 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 20 assists for this contest as well as earning 11 steals and 6 blocked shots. With respect to defense, Philadelphia allowed their opponent to shoot 42.7% from the field on 35 out of 82 shooting. Minnesota doled out 20 assists and had 3 steals in this matchup. In addition, the Timberwolves had 38 rebounds (4 offensive, 34 defensive) and had 4 blocks. Minnesota went 77.8% from the free throw line by burying 14 of their 18 shots. They buried 10 out of their 33 attempts from beyond the arc.
Joel Embiid is one player who was a major contributor in this matchup. He totaled 37 points on 10 of 19 shooting. He saw the court for 26:38 mins and also snagged 11 rebounds. Embiid ended up going 52.6% from the floor and also distributed 3 dimes. One more player that was a major factor in this game for the 76ers was Tobias Harris. He collected 11 rebounds and had 3 dimes. He finished the game shooting 35.3% from the floor for this game by going 6-of-17 (17 points). In all, Harris played 34:18 minutes.
Philadelphia steps onto the court with a mark of 14-6 on the season. The 76ers are shooting 36.5% on shots from distance (225 of 617) and 76.8% from the free throw line. They have an average of 113.6 points per game (9th in the NBA) while connecting on 47.4% from the floor. They cough up possession 16.0 times per contest and as a unit are committing 20.8 fouls every game. As a team, Philadelphia is collecting 46.1 boards per game and has accumulated 476 assists on the season, which is 9th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. Defensively, the 76ers have forced 15.3 turnovers per contest while drawing 21.9 fouls. They are relinquishing 36.7% on shots from distance and they are ranked 10th in the NBA in PPG allowed (109.7). The 76ers defense is giving up a FG percentage of 44.3% (306 of 437) and they relinquish 43.4 boards per contest as a unit. They rank 26th in the NBA in giving up assists with 499 conceded this season.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Indiana Pacers walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 108-105 when they faced the Charlotte Hornets. The Pacers were able to collect 30 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards totaling 39 for the game. They also turned away 4 tries while getting 7 steals in this contest. The Hornets were called for 13 personal fouls in the game which took the Pacers to the free throw line for 13 tries. They were able to knock down 10 of those for a percentage of 76.9%. With respect to shots from distance, Indiana buried 11 of 35 attempts (31.4%). When the game finished, the Pacers ended up shooting 42 for 87 from the floor which gave them a rate of 48.3%. The Pacers permitted the Hornets to knock down 43 out of their 85 attempts from the field which had them at 50.6% in this contest. They went 43.2% from 3-point land by connecting on 16 out of 37 and finished the contest at 6 out of 9 at the free throw line (66.7%). In relation to how they rebounded, Indiana allowed Charlotte to get 42 in total (9 on the offensive glass).
Domantas Sabonis ended up being a factor for the Pacers in the game. He buried 8 out of 16 in the matchup for a rate of 50.0%, which gave him 22 points. Sabonis grabbed 11 boards in his 37:45 minutes of time on the hardwood and earned 6 assists for the game. An additional guy who came through for Indiana was Malcolm Brogdon. He totaled 21 points in 36:23 mins played by way of 8 of 20 from the floor for the matchup. Brogdon ended up shooting 40.0% from the floor while earning 8 dimes and 4 rebounds.
Indiana has a mark of 11-8 this season. Indiana has earned 2,152 pts this season (113.3 per game) and they grab 42.6 rebounds per contest. The Pacers are committing 20.7 fouls per contest and they go 76.8% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offensive execution, the Pacers are hitting on 47.7% from the field, which ranks them 6th in basketball. They are assisting teammates 26.8 times per contest (5th in the league) and they cough up possession 13.7 times per contest. The Pacers are ranked 16th in the NBA in points given up per game with 110.7. The Indiana defense allows 39.4% from downtown (246 of 624) and their opponents are converting on 76.7% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 25.4 assists and 44.3 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks them 23rd and 12th in the NBA. They are forcing their opponents into 15.2 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 46.1% from the field (18th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Indiana (+2)
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