On Tuesday night, the Sixers will be in Indianapolis to take on the Indiana Pacers. The Sixers have won two in a row to climb back into fourth place in the Eastern Conference. At 48-30, the Sixers lead the Bulls by three games, so the Sixers are all but assured of having home court in the first round of the playoffs.
The Pacers are 25-54 and have long since been out of the playoff picture. That probably explains why the Pacers are dead last in the league in attendance this season. We thought Indiana was a basketball paradise! Maybe they’re all home watching “Hoosiers” on DVD.
Let’s get into our Sixers vs. Pacers betting pick with player prop predictions, odds, and analysis for this April 5, 2022 matchup.
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Sixers vs. Pacers Betting Pick (April 5, 2022)
We have so much love for Joel Embiid that it’s hard to say what we’re about to say, but we feel like it’s important to say it: The Most Valuable Player award is not worth your dignity.
Embiid was quoted after the Sixers’ win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night as follows: “If it happens, great. If it doesn’t I don’t know what I have to do. I’ll feel like they hate me. I feel like the standard for guys in Philly or for me is different than everyone else.”
Let’s say Embiid is right, that the MVP voting is some sort of weird popularity contest. We don’t know much about how to become popular, but we’re pretty sure that whining, adopting a victim complex and actively slagging the people who are making the decisions on popularity ain’t the way to go.
As for the Philadelphia angle…well, we haven’t had many great players here. Allen Iverson won the MVP in 2001, the year he took the Sixers to the NBA Finals. Prior to Iverson, you have to go all the way back to Moses Malone (1983) and Julius Erving (1981) to find Sixers MVP’s. We don’t need to tell you how great the Sixers were in the early 1980’s. Neither the Sixers nor Embiid has progressed even to an Eastern Conference final in Embiid’s time here. Stuff like that matters.
It’s OK to be frustrated. It’s just not a great look to show it like that.
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Sixers vs. Pacers Odds
Here’s the line for the Sixers and Pacers at FanDuel Sportsbook:
- Point Spread: Sixers -11.5 (-110), Pacers +11.5 (-110)
- Moneyline: Sixers -670, Pacers +490
- Total: 234.5
Bets We Like With a Sixers Win
Sixers to Win and Over 234.5 Total Points (+117, FanDuel Sportsbook)
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The heavy Sixers money line makes this parlay close to an even-money payer, but that’s fine with us. The Pacers are giving up 115.6 points per game, 28th in the league in points against. Here are the totals in the last four Pacers games: 238, 251, 243, 255. Like a lot of teams playing out the string, the Pacers have more or less stopped playing defense. The Sixers have shown a recent propensity to punish bad defensive teams, as they did to the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday night when they scored 144.
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Bets We Like Independent of Outcome
Joel Embiid Over 33.5 Points (-125, Caesars Sportsbook)
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The same petulance and frustration that fueled Embiid’s complaining on Sunday night are the same elements that make this over feel like a lock. Embiid is quite clearly going to do whatever he can down the stretch to change some minds and win some voters over (at least on the court).
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Tyrese Maxey Over 16.5 Points (-120, DraftKings Sportsbook)
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Maxey’s breakout year has suffered a bit of a winding down phase in the past ten days. He hasn’t scored more than 20 points in any of his last six starts. But two of those games came against teams that were actually trying (Phoenix and Milwaukee) and another came in that inexplicable loss to the Pistons. In what promises to be a wide-open contest, Maxey should have little trouble scoring in the open floor enough times to beat this number.
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James Harden Over 9.5 Assists (-125, FOX Bet)
Harden has had double-digit assists in each of his last two games. The Pacers don’t defend very well and give up a lot of points. Many of those Sixers points project to be created by Harden both in the open floor and in the half-court. At -125, it’s a heavy price, but ultimately it’s worth it.
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Sixers vs. Pacers Prediction
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We are sticking with our tried-and-true formula with the Sixers. We would never lay this amount of points against a good team on the road. The Pacers are very, very far from being a good team, and tonight will mark the 80th game on the schedule for them. They finish the season on the road on Sunday afternoon in Brooklyn — it’s highly probable that many Pacers players will be flying out of JFK or Newark Sunday night to parts unknown, this lost season already in the rearview mirror.
Pick: Sixers -11.5 (-109, Barstool Sportsbook)
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