Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Pacers Host the 76ers on ESPN

Pacers Basketball

76ers Look for First Road Win Against Pacers



The Philadelphia 76ers and the Indiana Pacers will on Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. This season 76ers have been unable to win on the road. They've barely been competitive in those games. The Sixers will try for a sixth time to get their first road victory tonight.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN, NBCS Philadelphia, FS Indiana

Line: Pacers -3; O/U: 2016

Four of the 76ers five losses away from home have come by at least 15 points. Sunday's dreadful 122-97 setback at Brooklyn was the pinnacle, they hope. That game featured an NBA-high 28 turnovers by Philadelphia. A game like that is not what you want to see for a team hoping to be among the elites in the Eastern Conference.

"To win on the road, you better not turn it over at the rate we've been turning it over," coach Brett Brown told reporters. "You better have an incredible focus on rebounding. Historically, those are the tenets of road wins -- caring for the ball and finishing plays with rebounds. ... I think that togetherness, that toughness, that ability to take punches and come out together on the other side, that is part of growth. We don't have that right now."


The Pacers had won three straight by a total of nine points before suffering a 98-94 loss to Houston on Monday. That was the second of three straight at home. Victor Oladipo scored 28 points in the defeat. That is his NBA-leading 10th straight game with at least 20 points.

The 76ers are 6-5 on the season and it is a crap-shoot as to how they will play from night to night.

Ben Simmons scored 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting in the loss to the Nets. He also had five turnovers and has given the ball up 16 times over his last two road games.

Joel Embiid added 16 points and 15 rebounds while missing his only 3-point attempt. It was part of a 4-for-20 showing from beyond the arc for Philadelphia.

The Pacers are 7-4 on the season. Indiana is attempting an average of 85 shots a game. That is the fewest in the East. They could stand a few more scoring chances that might make the difference in close games like Monday's loss. The team is not prepared to force anything.

"We don't want to just get into a run-and-gun game and make it a shootout," coach Nate McMillan told reporters after the loss to the Rockets. "If we have something early (in the possession), we'll take it. If not we want to make them defend it."


It helps that the team ranks fifth overall in field-goal percentage at 48.9%. led by a 68.4 percent showing by forward Domantas Sabonis.

JJ Redick is shooting 31.3 percent from 3-point range on the road, compared to 44.7 percent at home.

PREDICTION: Pacers 112, 76ers 106



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Philadelphia home to Charlotte Friday, November 9
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