Basketball is officially back and two Eastern Conference teams (with the same record) will kick off their seasons on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. ET from the Orlando bubble. It is the only one of five games on Saturday not nationally televised on ESPN.
76ers at Full Strength
The Philadelphia 76ers are currently locked into an Eastern Conference postseason spot, but have the chance to improve their seeding over the next few weeks. The Sixers, the No. 6 seed, currently have the same record as No. 5 Indiana, the team they'll square up with on Saturday.
"As players, we've all been given these platforms where people, kids, look up to us, people listen to us. To take the platform we have & this opportunity to spread a message we think is worth sharing & fighting for is really important."— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) July 30, 2020
Important words from @MatisseThybulle. pic.twitter.com/yAdcMSDxZB
The Sixers are at full strength and have one of the better starting fives in the East. Joel Embiid (23.4 ppg), Tobias Harris (19.4 ppg) and floor general Ben Simmons are the team's big three, while Al Horford, Josh Richardson, and Shake Milton figure to be key role players. The Sixers defense ranks sixth in points allowed (107.4 ppg) and first in rebounds per game (41.9 rpg).
Pacers ShorthandedThe Indiana Pacers are currently locked into a postseason spot but these seeding games may be difficult. The Pacers will be without Domantas Sabonis for a while and their other big star, Victor Oladipo, is questionable. Per reports, he's going to announce on Saturday whether or not he'll be playing. He played limited minutes in Pacers exhibition games.
What was your favorite play from our three scrimmages?— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) July 30, 2020
1️⃣ - @Original_Turner
2️⃣ - @The_4th_Holiday
3️⃣ - @VicOladipo x @MalcolmBrogdon7
4️⃣ - @TJMcConnell x @dougmcdermott#IndianaStyle x #WholeNewGame pic.twitter.com/fnHrgI9KZS
Worst case scenario, look for Malcolm Brogdon to be the go-to guy, with T.J. Warren and Myles Turner doing their fair share. Warren is actually the team's leading scorer with 18.7 points per game while Brogdon is putting up 16.3 points and 7.1 assists per game. They'll likely lean on their defense to win games, as they have for years. Indiana's defense ranks in the Top 10 in points, field goal, and three-point percentage allowed.
Stats & Trends
- Under is 5-1 in 76ers last 6 Saturday games.
- Under is 8-1 in 76ers last 9 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Under is 15-5-1 in Pacers last 21 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Under is 4-0 in Pacers last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
This is a really good spot for bettors. Roll with the UNDER in the Pacers-76ers game and roll confidently. Defenses are going to progress faster than offenses with all the limitations players have and these offenses are actually good. The Pacers and 76ers are No. 6 and No. 7 in the NBA in points allowed, and the Pacers will be without one (maybe two) of their best bucket-getters.