NBA Roundup: Pacers squeak past 76ers

Lloyd Doyle
March 14, 2018

Myles Turner led six players in double figures with 25 points to lift the Indiana Pacers past the Philadelphia 76ers 101-98 Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

The Pacers are quietly playing as well as any National Basketball Association team. With 11 points and 13 rebounds, Philadelphia's Ersan Ilyasova put together a good outing.

James is averaging a triple-double over his last 15 games. IN has won 14 of its last 17 contests in Philadelphia. The 76ers rank third in offensive rebounding percentage (25.6 percent), while in ranks 24th in defensive rebounding percentage (76.4 percent).

Unlike the previous two quarter, the Sixers never allowed the Pacers to extend the lead and went blow for blow with the three seed in the east. Much like IN, 76ers games have a slight tendency to go under the projected point total (50.8 percent).

Oladipo won the jump ball, and Bojan Bogdanovic wisely smacked the loose ball off of Ben Simmons to give IN possession, and the 101-98 victory. "We are trying to go to the playoffs, and you have to be able to go on the road and win games". More importantly, it clinched the head-to-head tiebreaker for the Pacers, who have won two of three games against Philadelphia this season.

Turner matched a season-high with 25 points, including two clutch free throws in the final 21 seconds. Victor Oladipo and Lance Stephenson scored 11 points each and Darren Collison had 10.

At home, Philadelphia is 20-9 ATS with 16 unders and 13 overs.

ATLANTA - Russell Westbrook picked up the 100th triple-double of his career, and the Thunder used a 16-0 run late in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Hawks.

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

In games where they reach the century mark, the Pacers are 31-14 and the 76ers are 33-18.

Joel Embiid dominated the second half and scored 29 points in the game to go with 12 rebounds. IN began the day in third in the East, two games in front of sixth-place Philadelphia. Their weakest areas are blocks per game (#25), assists per game (#22) and defensive rebounds per game (#22).

Oladipo appears back in form after totaling 44 points in his last two games on 17-of-29 shooting. Myles Turner has 30.1 fantasy points per game. The 21-year-old leads the team with 8.0 rebounds per game and ranks fifth with 11.8 points a night.

Towns shot 13 for 17, including making all three of his 3-point attempts, and showed no ill effects after getting knocked in the face with about a minute left in the first half. In their last 26 games overall, the under is 18-7-1.

Philadelphia is 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs over their last five games.

The Indiana Pacers have been in fine form as they've won nine of their last 12 games and they will be gunning for a third straight win after escaping Boston with a 99-97 win on Sunday.

The Pacers' average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.6, up from 1.6 for the season.

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