Pacers go for 6th Straight at 76ers

Pacers Basketball

Both Teams Hope to Get Stars Back Tonight

The fans at Wells Fargo Center will the Indiana Pacers and the Philadelphia 76ers when they take their seats on Friday.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, FS Indiana, NBCS Philadelphia

LINE: 76ers -3.5; O/U: 219.

Joel Embiid is playing like an MVP candidate again with Jimmy Butler out of the lineup. The Philadelphia 76ers are missing their closer. The 76ers hope to have Butler back from a groin injury on Friday.

Butler was injured in Monday’s win over Detroit. He is considered day-to-day. He sat out Wednesday and watched Philadelphia send the Brooklyn Nets to the free-throw line 43 times in a 127-124 setback.

The Pacers are familiar with playing without a star but got Victor Oladipo (knee) back from an 11-game absence on Wednesday. They fit him in seamlessly while cruising to a 113-97 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. It pushed their winning streak to five straight.

The Pacers are 18-10 on the season. Indiana is allowing an average of 95 points during its winning streak. They limited Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo to 12 points on Wednesday. Thaddeus Young finished with a team-high 25 points, 11 rebounds, five steals and four assists in the victory.

C Myles Turner is averaging 24.5 points over the last two games.

The 76ers are 19-10 on the season. Philadelphia was also missing reserve power forward Mike Muscala on Wednesday with an undisclosed illness.  Embiid recorded his 25th double-double with 33 points and 17 rebounds. He only attempted only three shots in the second half. That can’t happen again against the Pacers tonight.

SG Furkan Korkmaz scored 18 points in each of the last two games. It raised his season average to 5.8 points.

PREDICTION: 76ers 111, Pacers 106

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NBA Betting Odds & Trends

Indiana Pacers
The Pacers are 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Indiana is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indiana’s last 5 games
The Pacers are 8-4 SU in its last 12 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana’s last 5 games on the road
The Pacers are 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games when playing Philadelphia
Indiana is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana’s last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
The Pacers are 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
The Pacers are 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Indiana’s last 7 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
Philadelphia 76ers
The 76ers are 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Philadelphia is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia’s last 7 games
The 76ers are 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Philadelphia is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 5 games at home
The 76ers are 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games when playing Indiana
Philadelphia is 4-14 SU in its last 18 games when playing Indiana
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 6 games when playing Indiana
The 76ers are 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Indiana
The 76ers are 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Indiana
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Philadelphia’s last 7 games when playing at home against Indiana

Next up:
Indiana home to New York Sunday, December 16
Philadelphia at Cleveland Sunday, December 16

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