Schizophrenic Sixers Not the Wise Play Wednesday at Pacers

Jordan Sharp

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 7:21 PM UTC

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 7:21 PM UTC

The Sixers have found little to no success on the road so far this season, and by starting Markelle Fultz their offense is predictable and easier to defend. The Pacers are an undervalued team on both ends of the court, and as only slight home favorites they have some great ATS value on Wednesday.

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Philadelphia (6-5 SU & 4-7 ATS) at Indiana (7-4 SU & 5-5-1 ATS)Wednesday, 8 PM EST (ESPN)Free NBA Pick: Pacers ATSBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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The Milwaukee Bucks may be the best team in the Central Division now that LeBron James has left Cleveland (again). However, the Indiana Pacers have opened the season looking really good. They’ll go about as far as Victor Oladipo can carry them, and on Wednesday that will be to winning ticket for us.

Sixers’ Road Struggles

I’ll be attending this game in person on Wednesday, and I’m super excited because it’s the first NBA game I’ll attend this season. I have watched these two teams a lot this season, and from the Philly side of things their offense has been kind of bad.

Outside of the stellar play of Joel Embiid and the consistent contributions of Ben Simmons, the rest of the Sixers have either been slumping or disappointing. By starting Markelle Fultz next to Simmons, the Sixers have some of the worst floor spacing of any team in the league. This has led to their three-point struggles. Dario Saric and Robert Covington are able shooters, but they are both streaky as hell, and neither have been gaining much confidence by their respective starts to the year.

The Pacers’ defense, on the other hand, has been pretty respectable. Indiana ranks 13th so far this season, allowing only 108.1 points per 100 possessions, and their defense is forcing the second-most turnovers of any team in the league. Considering the Sixers are the worst team in the league when it comes to turning the ball over, that could be the difference in the game. If the Pacers can keep Philly’s shooters off the line or missing, they should be able to control the tempo, and force the Sixers into some turnovers and bad shots.

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The Sharp Pick

So far this season the Pacers are 3-2 ATS at home, and in those five games the Pacers are holding their opponent to only 103.1 points per 100 possessions. Of all 30 teams, that ranks 7th-best in the NBA for home games.

On the contrary, the Sixers are 0-5 ATS on the road this season, and both their defense and offense have fallen apart in those five games away from the Wells Fargo Center. Philly is allowing 114.2 points per 100 possessions on the road this season, and in those five games they are scoring less than 1 point per possession.

If the Sixers continue turning the ball over, it will be the nail in the coffin for them ATS. This Pacers team is deeper and more experienced than the Sixers, so all it will take is the crowd to be in the game, and for the Sixers to let Oladipo run wild. The Pacers’ defense isn’t great, but it’s good enough to make an already struggling road team look even worse. Go Indiana for an NBA pick.

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