Turner leads balanced attack as Pacers edge 76ers

Marco Green
March 14, 2018

Sabonis has played an integral role, primarily off the bench, for Pacers head coach Nate McMillan.

The opening line favors the Philadelphia 76ers to win at -5.5, 56% have picked the Philadelphia 76ers to cover the spread.

Myles Turner sank 9 of 12 shots and scored 25 points as the Indiana Pacers beat the Sixers 101-98 before a raucous Wells Fargo Center crowd.

Embiid missed a long 3-pointer from the top of the key to potentially tie the game. They turned the ball over 21 times, which the Pacers converted into 29 points, while IN only had 10 turnovers. The Pacers committed just nine.

IN ranks third in fast break points per game (14.9) while Philadelphia ranks 19th (10.3). I'd be curious to go back and watch the tape and see how many happened in the first three to four seconds of a shot clock.

IN ranks third in points off turnovers per game (18.3) while Philadelphia ranks last in points off turnovers allowed per game (19.4).

There was plenty of reason for Brown to label Tuesday night's contest a big game. The duo went a combined 5-for-32 from the field, but their teammates picked them up and both players made key plays down the stretch as IN (40-28) picked up a 101-98 victory over the 76ers (36-30). The Pacers (40-28) are No. 3.

The Pacers and upstart 76ers could meet in the first round of the playoffs - and the game had some intensity reminiscent of a postseason matchup.

Victor Oladipo and Bojan Bogdanovic, the Pacers' two leading scorers, could not buy a bucket on Tuesday night in Philadelphia.

The Pacers have played 8 games during the last two weeks. Former Sixer Thaddeus Young scored six of his 11 third quarter points as soon as Simmons left and helped IN take a 80-71 lead.

Joel Embiid scored 22 points in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome a glut of turnovers as the Sixers saw their 11-game home winning streak snapped in a 101-98 loss to the Indiana Pacers. He has averaged 20.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists in six lifetime visits to Philadelphia. Saric and Embiid each had four turnovers.

In games where they reach the century mark, the Pacers are 31-14 and the 76ers are 33-18. "We got the matchups we wanted and we were able to score the ball". Some if I have to own.

The Pacers rank highly on steals per game (#4), field goal percentage (#5) and three point percentage (#5). Young was also impressive, going 7-for-11 from the field while recording a double-double with 19 points and 10 boards.

But the turnovers again negated that defensive effort.

"Energy, we were on lockdown", Embiid said.

Also, the Sixers showed some signs of helping and recovering on high screen picks (at least Embiid and Saric), which is a better option than simply defensively switching every time.

The game's Over/Under (O/U) opened at 210.5 points with Philadelphia set as a 5-point favorite.

The Sixers are still giving up way too many points off of miscues, lazy passes, loss of control, and bad passes. Why is it still a problem?

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