Philadelphia 76ers at Indiana Pacers - 8/1/20 NBA Picks and Prediction

Philadelphia 76ers at Indiana Pacers - 8/1/20 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia 76ers (39-26) at Indiana Pacers (39-26)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Visa Athletic Center)

The Line: Indiana Pacers +5.5 -- Over/Under: 213 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers meet Saturday in NBA action at the VISA Athletic Center.

The Philadelphia 76ers entered the NBA break splitting their last 10 games. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 109.6 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 107.4 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 23.4 points and 11.8 rebounds while Tobias Harris is averaging 19.4 points and 6.8 rebounds. Ben Simmons is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Richardson is dishing 3.1 assists. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.5 rebounds per game.

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The Indiana Pacers entered the NBA break winning eight of their last 11 games. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 109.3 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 107.4 points on 44.8 percent shooting. TJ Warren is averaging 18.7 points and four rebounds while Malcolm Brogdon is averaging 16.3 points and 7.1 assists. Victor Oladipo is the third double-digit scorer and Myles Turner is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78.7 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.8 rebounds per game. 

The 76ers are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite. The Pacers are 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games and 3-1-2 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The over is 6-0 in 76ers last 6 overall. The over is 5-1 in Pacers last 6 overall. The 76ers are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Indiana and 6-13 ATS in the last 19 meetings.

The Philadelphia 76ers are about as healthy as they've been all season and if they want to avoid likely serious changes this offseason, they need to get their act together and start winning some games. The Indiana Pacers struggled throughout the scrimmages, and they're a hard team to trust with Malcolm Brogdon returning from COVID, Victor Oladipo still recovering from a knee injury and no Domantas Sabonis likely for the remainder of the season. The Pacers don't make excuses and are a gritty team that finds ways to win, but there's a lot working against them here. I'll lay the chalk with the 76ers.

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Randy’s Pick Philadelphia 76ers -5.5

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