On Saturday night, the Philadelphia 76ers will play the first game of their six-game road trip — the longest road stretch they’ll face this season — in Indiana against the Pacers. The Sixers have lost three in a row and have fallen out of first place in the Eastern Conference into a tie for fourth. The Pacers are 5-8 after recording an 11-point win over the Jazz in Utah two nights ago.
Let’s get into our Sixers vs. Pacers betting pick with player prop predictions, odds, and analysis for this November 13, 2021 matchup.
Sixers vs. Pacers Betting Pick (November 13, 2021)
There are plenty of teams that Sixers fans despise. The discussion must begin with the Boston Celtics given the proximity, the constant presence in the Sixers’ division and the Celtics’ decades of dominance over the Sixers in past and recent times. Larry Bird once choked Julius Erving, and of course he did that in the Boston Garden because had he done it at the Spectrum he was even money to get out of the building unscathed. The Celtics essentially got Brett Brown fired, though few can argue that wasn’t a necessary outcome.
Of course, there are others. There aren’t enough bad things that can happen to the Los Angeles Lakers to make a right-thinking Sixers fan happy. Kobe Bryant’s untimely and tragic demise papered over the fact that one of Philadelphia’s native sons made his name and fame in Tinseltown. And Iverson stepping over Tyronn Lue was fun and all…but the Sixers lost that series in five games and were never meaningfully in contention to win that championship.
Then there are the lesser rivals. Most Sixers fans have no use for the Toronto Raptors (the Kawhi shot), the New York Knicks (because eff New York) and the Atlanta Hawks (because eff Trae Young). After that, though, it gets sort of hazy. There are so many games, and so many teams, and so many cities, and if you have a rivalry against every team you really don’t have a rival at all.
In a related story, the Sixers are in Indiana tonight to play the Pacers, and unless we’re missing something here, there is absolutely no juice in this matchup. The Pacers have been the superior franchise for the past two decades, by a long way. The Pacers have made the playoffs in nine of the last 11 seasons and had three straight Eastern Conference finals appearances early in the last decade.
But there just aren’t many Sixers/Pacers moments. Did you know that the Sixers beat the Pacers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2000? It happened, but it’s not exactly memorable. And the Sixers and Pacers just haven’t been good at the same time much in the two decades since.
So tonight’s game is just another night in the League, another city, another result, and another game knocked off the interminable schedule when it’s over. Kind of like the state of Indiana itself, this game is just kind of there.
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Sixers vs. Pacers Odds
Here’s the line for the Sixers and Bucks at FanDuel Sportsbook:
- Spread: Sixers +3 (-110), Pacers -3 (-110)
- Moneyline: Sixers +126, Pacers +148
- Total: 213
Bets We Like With a Sixers Win
Sixers to Win and Over 215 Total Points (+292, FanDuel Sportsbook)
The Sixers are in a mini-tailspin, and their history playing the Pacers in Indiana isn’t great — they’ve lost four of their last five games there. But if they can find a way to win, it will probably be with another potent offensive performance. Even in losses on Thursday night to Toronto and on Tuesday night to Milwaukee, the Sixers scored 109 points each time. The Pacers just rung up 111 points on the Jazz, a very good defensive team. So if you believe in the Sixers’ chances tonight, a little taste of a +292 parlay probably wouldn’t hurt you.
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Bets We Like Independent of Outcome
Tyrese Maxey Over 16.5 Points (-125, Caesars Sportsbook)
If it hadn’t arrived already, the time has come to accept that Tyrese Maxey is a legitimate scoring two-guard in the National Basketball Association. Maxey is averaging over 17 points per game, and has been the player who has benefited most from Ben Simmons’ prolonged absence. Maxey went over 30 in each of his last two games; if this prop was 20 or more, we would have to pass. But 17 is a very reachable number for a guy who has played 39 minutes or more in each of his last five games. To an extent, Maxey will probably get to 17 points just by being out there so long.
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Seth Curry Under 15.5 Points (-118, FOX Bet)
We knew that regression was coming for Seth Curry. It doesn’t make him less valuable — the Sixers didn’t enter the season expecting Curry to score 20 points every game or to shoot 60% from the field or to shoot 50% from the three point line. It was fun while he was doing it but no one in their right mind thought it could last. And, well, regression is here. Curry has scored 15, 14 and 11 points in the last three games he played. Curry is back in his role as a lesser contributor, and this prop reflects that reality.
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Andre Drummond Under 13.5 Rebounds (-115, DraftKings Sportsbook)
Here we have a classic market overcorrection. Andre Drummond has been a real find for the Sixers from the past offseason. It’s almost impossible to believe the degree of upgrade Drummond has provided from Dwight Howard last season as the Sixers’ backup center. And before Thursday night’s 12-rebound performance, Drummond had pulled down 20 or more boards in two consecutive games. It’s all great, but it doesn’t make him a player who you should just assume is going to get 10 rebounds in a game, much less 14.
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Sixers vs. Pacers Prediction
There is very little to like about the energy surrounding the Sixers right now. COVID-19 protocols forced a number of players to miss time, including the still restricted Joel Embiid. The tacit, inevitable reality of all of these star players missing time is that not only are the Sixers playing their backups — they’re playing them for extended minutes that those guys aren’t used to logging. Maxey had two games last week where he was over 44 minutes played, and in his last three he was over 39 minutes played. He’s 21, but that’s still a lot of basketball. Until the roster rounds back out, the Sixers are going to be a leggy team, a fact that is not going to be helped by a six-game road trip.
Pick: Pacers -3 (-112, Barstool Sportsbook)
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