Free NBA Picks Today: Indiana Pacers vs Philadelphia 76ers 1/18/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Indiana Pacers vs Philadelphia 76ers 1/18/23
Sat 18th March 2023

The Philadelphia 76ers (47-22, 21-12 Away), one of the league’s top scoring defenses, are on the road to face the Indiana Pacers (32-38, 19-16 Home) on Saturday.

Philadelphia is playing the second of a back-to-back after blowing out the Charlotte Hornets 121-82 at Spectrum Center yesterday, their seventh straight win.

With 38 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, and four blocks, Joel Embiid had a standout performance. The 76ers are the third seed in the Eastern Conference.

Indiana found victory on Thursday at Fiserv Forum, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 139-123. Andrew Nembhard topped the scoresheet with 24 points.

With 20 points and six assists, Buddy Hield also played a part. The Pacers are 11th in the Eastern Conference.It’s the final meeting of the season between the teams.

Philadelphia will be looking for a season sweep against Indiana after coming out on top in all three of their prior games, the most recent of which was a 147-143 victory at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on March 6, their fifth straight head-to-head victory. Embiid led the 76ers with 42 points and three assists.

Tyrese Haliburton had 39 points and 16 assists in defeat. Embiid is averaging 33.5 points per game, best in the league, to lead the Sixers in scoring this season. Embiid also has grabbed 10.2 rebounds per game, eighth-most in the league.

Meanwhile, James Harden is dishing 10.8 assists. Haliburton (20.8 ppg) and Myles Turner (17.9) have been the primary providers of the Pacers’ offense. Turner also has collected 7.6 rebounds per game, while Haliburton has tallied 10.4 assists per game, second-most in the league.

The 76ers rank as one of the best scoring defenses in the NBA, third-best with 110.3 points per game allowed. The teams have split their last 10 games at Gainbridge Fieldhouse (5-5). Philadelphia has won five in a row away from Wells Fargo Center this season.

Meanwhile, the 76ers are 7-3 this season when playing the second of a back-to-back and 4-3 in such games against opponents with at least a day of rest. The Pacers are 3-2 with a rest advantage. Philadelphia is 8-2 in the last 10 games with an average margin of +11.2 (121.2-110.0).

For the season, the 76ers are averaging 115.2 points per game, compared to 110.3 for opponents. Indiana has gone 6-4 over the last 10, scoring 124.1 points per game on average while holding opponents to 123.1 (+1.0 margin). The Pacers are averaging 115.9 ppg for the full season while allowing 118.0.


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Jalen McDaniels: 8.0 | 16.1 | -8.1
Points per game:
Tobias Harris: 10.8 | 14.7 | -3.9


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Tyrese Haliburton: 54.0 | 34.9 | +19.1
Bennedict Mathurin: 8.0 | 22.1 | -14.1
Points per game:
Tyrese Haliburton: 34.0 | 20.8 | +13.2
Bennedict Mathurin: 7.0 | 16.6 | -9.6
Rebounds per game:
Buddy Hield: 6.8 | 5.0 | +1.8
Myles Turner: 4.3 | 7.6 | -3.3
Assists per game:
Tyrese Haliburton: 17.5 | 10.4 | +7.1

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Philadelphia 76ers -6.5 (-105)

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