2-0 Monday, 61-57-1 overall.
76ers (-1.5) @ Pacers (212)
Pick: 76ers -1.5
We were spot on with our Miami Heat fade yesterday as the Heat lost by 18 points in DC against the Wizards off the big win against the Sixers on Saturday and with a big home game looming against Toronto on Thursday. While betting against teams that come off of emotional wins is often wise in the regular season, betting on teams on the wrong end of those scores is usually smart as well. The Sixers have another key game in the late afternoon in Indianapolis against the Pacers, another team that figures to be jockeying for homecourt advantage in the opening round of the playoffs during the next three months. The Pacers are still awaiting the season debut of star Victor Oladipo, but with the former Hoosier still sidelined, the Sixers are undoubtedly the more talented team here. Handicapping the NBA regular season is not as simple as taking the team with more talent, but when that team is off a disappointing loss like the 76ers are, it’s safe to assume they’ll bring a good effort today and that should be good enough to win.
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