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It's been multiple months since both teams have been in action, but the Philadelphia 76ers are set to take the court against the Indiana Pacers at 7 p.

m. ET on Saturday at Visa Athletic Center. The teams will square off in the first seeding game for either squad on Saturday night in the NBA bubble, with Indiana holding the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference and Philadelphia currently occupying the sixth playoff slot. 

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Philadelphia is favored by 5.5 points in the latest Pacers vs. Sixers odds from William Hill. The over-under, or total number of points expected, is set at 217. Before entering any Sixers vs. Pacers picks, you'll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times, and it's already returned over $4,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks during the 2019-20 season. It also was a blistering 52-32 on all top-rated NBA spread picks before the coronavirus shutdown, returning almost $1,700 on those picks alone. Anybody who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Pacers vs. Sixers. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA betting lines for 76ers vs. Pacers:

  • Pacers vs. 76ers spread: Pacers +5.5
  • Pacers vs. 76ers over-under: 217 points
  • Pacers vs. 76ers money line: Indiana 210, Philadelphia -250
Why the Pacers can cover

Indiana won two of the first three meetings with Philadelphia this season. The Pacers will be challenged to overcome the absence of Domantas Sabonis, who left the NBA bubble because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot. He was averaging 18.4 points per game and 12.4 rebounds per game. Myles Turner missed Thursday's scrimmage. But Victor Oladipo may be able to return after missing 52 games because of knee and quadriceps issues. He has practiced for the past two days. Oladipo has averaged 13.8 PPG this season. 

The Pacers need Oladipo to step forward, considering they were tied with Philadelphia at 22nd in points per game (109.3) before the shutdown. They were 24th in the league in rebounding (42.8 RPG), so the loss of Sabonis will certainly be felt in that department.  Defense will be a key for Indiana, as they were tied for fourth in the NBA with Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Denver with 107.4 points allowed per game. 

Why the Sixers can cover

Philadelphia returns to the playoff positioning battle with two of its key players ready to resume playing after missing time due to injuries. Ben Simmons was out of action because of a back injury before the shutdown. He will be fully ready to go on Saturday night. Simmons has averaged 16.7 PPG, 8.2 assists per game and 7.8 RPG this season. 

Joel Embiid missed the Sixers' last two scrimmages because of a calf problem but is expected to play against the Pacers. Embiid was not available in 21 of the Philadelphia's first 65 games because of various ailments. He averaged 23.4 PPG, and 11.8 RPG before the shutdown. The Sixers will need Embiid to stay healthy if they hope to make a strong playoff push. They won 29 of 31 home games this season and will now have to show they can prevail in neutral conditions. 

How to make Pacers vs. Sixers picks

The model has simulated Pacers vs. Sixers 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you that the model is leaning over, and it's also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in well over 60 percent of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins 76ers vs. Pacers? And which side of the spread hits in well over 60 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Pacers vs. 76ers spread you need to jump on Saturday, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.  

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Golf betting skyrocketing as robust area heads to PGA Championship

LAS VEGAS — It was as soon as theorized that when Tiger Woods aged and pale from dominance, golf may turn into outdated information, too. However throughout a 12 months of endless unhealthy information, the enterprise of golf betting is doing greater than surviving and truly thriving.

In hiding for many of the summer time, Woods will reappear at this week’s PGA Championship in San Francisco. He’s not among the many favorites, but wagering on the 12 months’s first main is projected to be file breaking.

As a substitute of Woods main the way in which, Justin Thomas is the best choice on the William Hill odds board at 10/1, adopted by Bryson DeChambeau (11/1), Brooks Koepka (12/1), Rory McIlroy (14/1), Jon Rahm (15/1) and Dustin Johnson (20/1).

“There are 10 or 12 guys who can win in a given week, and one other layer of gamers behind that who may win perhaps annually, so golf is a sexy betting choice proper now,” DraftKings sportsbook director John Avello mentioned. “I feel it will break all of our golf information.

“It appears each week the deal with is greater than the week earlier than. After soccer, basketball and baseball, golf is our fourth-best betting occasion.”

It has been 16 months since Woods gained the Masters. In Might 2019, Koepka repeated because the PGA champ by conquering Bethpage Black on Lengthy Island. The coronavirus pandemic pressured a juggling of this 12 months’s main schedule, giving the PGA the consideration of first to the tee. For the reason that Tour restart in June, golf betting has gained steam.

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“The deal with goes to be robust,” William Hill sportsbook director Nick Bogdanovich mentioned. “I might not be shocked if it reached Masters stage.”

Woods, 44, has performed in just one event since February. He tied for 40th on the Memorial July 16-19 after taking pictures 71 in two rounds and 76 in two rounds. Woods complained of again stiffness on the time, and his odds are drifting as excessive as 30/1 this week.

“You’ll be able to by no means depend him out, however I don’t suppose Tiger wins it,” Bogdanovich mentioned. “I might not be excited about backing him in any matchups, both.”

Woods missed the reduce at Bethpage final 12 months, when Koepka carried a seven-stroke lead into the ultimate spherical and beat Johnson by two.

“Something round 25/1 to 30/1 goes to draw Tiger enterprise,” Avello mentioned. “Koepka goes to attract a good quantity of motion, though his odds usually are not that good this week. DeChambeau will most likely be common, too.”

Koepka briefly took the lead Sunday on the FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis, Tenn., earlier than driving a ball right into a watery grave on the 72nd gap and ending in a tie for second. Thomas walked away with a three-stroke win at 12/1 odds and reclaimed the world’s No. 1 rating.

“I actually do imagine Thomas is one of the best participant,” Avello mentioned. “He’s so good in all features of the sport.”

TPC Harding Park is a difficult course with heavy tough, so driving accuracy shall be a key statistic and extra essential than size off the tee — which is the first energy for DeChambeau, a bulked-up bomber who has not gained a significant, and McIlroy, who has 4 main titles however none since 2014.

Bogdanovich mentioned he recommends Webb Simpson (28/1) and Collin Morikawa (35/1) as longer photographs this week. Simpson gained the 2012 U.S. Open on the Olympic Membership in San Francisco.

Westgate SuperBook golf oddsmaker Jeff Sherman mentioned he’s eyeing Xander Schauffele (22/1) and Matthew Fitzpatrick (45/1) as worth bets.

“Xander gained’t have the stress of being everybody’s choose this week. He’s not being talked about an excessive amount of, and I feel the 25/1 vary is honest,” Sherman mentioned.

“We did see the golf deal with come again somewhat bit final week due to the return of the NBA and NHL, however I count on this deal with to be double of what we usually do on the PGA.”

Sherman mentioned he’s fading Woods, who has not gained the PGA since 2007, in head-to-head participant matchups.

There have been eight tournaments and eight completely different winners — Daniel Berger, Simpson, Johnson, DeChambeau, Morikawa, Rahm, Michael Thompson and Thomas — because the PGA Tour restarted two months in the past. Thompson was the longest shot at 125/1 odds two weeks in the past.

“The golf handicappers have been choosing some winners currently, however good luck choosing one this week,” Bogdanovich mentioned. “This one is so extensive open.”

Matt Youmans writes for VSiN.com, The Sports activities Betting Community.

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