The previous two meetings between the Pacers and Sixers have come down to the final possession. Take Indiana plus the points Thursday night in Philadelphia.
The Oddsmakers have caught up with the Philadelphia 76ers, a good team, but not great, on a 2-5 ATS run.
Their depth got some bad news this week as Elton Brand's dislocated right shoulder is still hurting. He is becoming more and more aware of pain and restrictiveness as he tried to shoot or reach for rebounds.
Against the Celtics he had a large protective pad around the shoulder, but he played only 8 minutes, 40 seconds of the first half, then sat out the second half. And now the question is whether the Sixers should consider shutting him back down.
These teams have met twice this season and each game was a squeaker, decided by one and two points. Indiana's potent offense should keep this one close, as well. Play the Pacers.
Free Pick: Pacers +5½ (-110)