The best sportsbooks for US players favor the Philadelphia 76ers by six points over the Indiana Pacers in their August 1 NBA game at the Visa Athletic Center in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Indiana Pacers Betting Odds
|76ers||-6 (-110)||211 (-110)||-240|
|Pacers||+6 (-110)||211 (-110)||+200|
Betting Philadelphia 76ers
The Sixers are favored by the best online sportsbooks. Philadelphia head coach Brett Brown admitted that Joel Embiid and Al Horford have not played together in practice yet. That is the latest sign that the change of Ben Simmons from point guard to power forward is for good. Brown said Horford has been has handled his demotion well. Horford himself said that all of the talk about the lineup changes is making a mountain out of a molehill.
“I haven’t,” Horford said, when asked if he had talked to Brown about whether he and Embiid would play together eventually, either in practice or in games. “But the reality is that it’s going to happen at some point. I think we’ll be fine. I do understand the changes and things like that, but I don’t want people to make more of this than what it is. The reality is we’ll be fine, and we’ll be playing together at times, and at times we won’t, and that’s just it.”
The Sixers have been outscored by 1.3 points per 100 possessions when Embiid and Horford have been on the court together this season. When Horford was on the court without Embiid, Philadelphia was plus-5.2 points per 100 possessions. When Embiid was out there without Horford, the Sixers were plus-8.9 points per 100 possessions. The projected starting lineup of Horford, Embiid, Simmons, Tobias Harris and Josh Richardson has been good (plus-8.9 points per 100 possessions) when it has been on the court together. The bad news is that the group has been together for 244 minutes, and appeared in only 22 games.
Betting Indiana Pacers
The Pacers will be the underdog according to the best sportsbooks for US players. Center Domantas Sabonis is back home in LA to get treatment for his plantar fasciitis. His status for the continuation of the Pacers’ season is unclear. Head coach Nate McMillan said that Sabonis would be out “indefinitely.” He elaborated that a decision would be made “in another week or two.” In other words Sabonis likely will miss some of the regular season. He also will have to go back into quarantine for a few days when and if he returns to Orlando.
McMillan said Sabonis left the NBA “bubble” because he would have access to better healthcare in Los Angeles. Sabonis is the Pacers’ only All-Star from earlier this season. He is also their leading rebounder (12.4) and second-leading scorer (18.5). He has missed three games this season. The Pacers won two of them, both against Chicago, a non-postseason team with a 22-43 record. This will be another adjustment for McMillan, whose intended starting lineup has been together for just five games all season as a result of injuries.
“If there’s anything good about this, we have been going through this all season long,” McMillan said. “We have to make some adjustments with our starting lineup as well as our bench.” Sabonis’ loss will impact the second unit as well as the starters. McMillan tends to pull him out of the game first among the starters and then send him back with the second unit. Sabonis is a strong rebounder for an undersized unit and a crucial element of its superlative ball movement.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Pick
With Sabonis, the Pacers would have a chance to at least cover the spread set by the best sportsbooks for US players. Without him, take Philly and the points.