LIVE: Indiana Pacers at Philadelphia 76ers


SAT, NOV 30, 2019
7:00 PM ET
Indiana Pacers at Philadelphia 76ers
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Indiana Pacers responded to a two-game winning run with four consecutive victories. After defeating Brooklyn on the road, Indiana beat Orlando, Memphis, and Utah at home. The Pacers now improved to an 11-6 record and are in the 6th position in the Eastern Conference.

The Philadelphia 76ers are in a fine form of five wins in the last six games. Following a narrow road loss to the Toronto Raptors, the Sixers bounced back with a home win over the Sacramento Kings. Philadelphia improved to a 12-6 record and is in the 5th place in the East.

These conference rivals met four times in 2018-19, and the 76ers recorded three wins.

The Pacers secured a surprisingly comfortable win over the Jazz

Indiana was a slight favorite to defeat the Utah Jazz at home, but a big 121-102 victory wasn’t expected. The Pacers scored 32+ points in three of four quarters and didn’t have problems against one of the strongest defenses in the NBA. Domantas Sabonis led Indiana with a double-double of 23 points and team-high 12 rebounds. T.J. Warren also scored 23 with two steals, Malcolm Brogdon added 22 points and game-high eight assists, while Jeremy Lamb chipped in 18 points, eight boards, and six dishes. Victor Oladipo (knee) went through a full scrimmage on Thursday but is still without a timetable for return. JaKarr Sampson (back) is questionable to face Philadelphia on Saturday.

“When you have a number of guys who can score and they’re offensive-minded, what you have to get is that team to sacrifice,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “These guys are sacrificing right now.”

This season, the Pacers have the 17th offense in the NBA that averages 109.5 points per game, and they are facing the 76ers’ 5th defense that allows 104.1 points per contest. The Pacers are 12th in rebounds with 46.1 and 10th in assists with 25.3 per game.

The 76ers edged the Kings at home

Philadelphia had some issues in defeating the Sacramento Kings at home, but the 76ers managed to earn a tight win thanks to the excellent defense. Although they shot only 19.2% from downtown, the 76ers still ended the game with decent 46.2% from the field and kept the Kings to under 20 points in two quarters to book a 97-91 win. Joel Embiid bounced back from his zero-point display against Toronto and led Philly with a double-double of 33 points and game-high 16 rebounds, along with two blocks.

Rookie Matisse Thybulle had the best game of his young career with 15 points, game-high four steals, and a couple of rejections. Tobias Harris contributed with 14 points and six boards, while Ben Simmons recorded a double-double of ten points and 14 rebounds, along with five dishes and two thefts. Josh Richardson (right hamstring tightness) did not return after sustaining an injury. He logged in 17 minutes and had nine points before the injury occurred. Richardson is doubtful to face New York on Friday, and will likely miss that game, but we should consider him questionable to take on Indiana.

“I should play like that every night,” Embiid said. “After the last performance, I had to be a little more aggressive.”

This season, the 76ers have the 18th offense in the NBA that averages 108.7 points per game, and they are facing the Pacers’ 4th defense that allows 103.8 points per contest. The Sixers are 6th in rebounds with 47.2 and 5th in assists with 26.4 per game.

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