Date & Time: Saturday, 1st August, 7 PM ET (Sunday, 4:30 AM IST)
Venue: Visa Athletic Center (WWOS), Orlando, FL
The Indiana Pacers and Philadelphia 76ers both boast a 39-26 record currently with the former holding the head-to-head edge. The two franchises are placed fifth and sixth in the East respectively and will be trying to avoid the top three seeds in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
Philadelphia 76ers Preview
Fitness issues have plagued the Philadelphia 76ers yet again. They've missed the services of both Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons for extended stretches during the regular season. However, both players look ready for the NBA restart.
There were some concerns regarding Embiid in the scrimmage games as well but he seems to be available for the Philadelphia 76ers' first NBA restart game. How he and Simmons combine in the paint will have a huge bearing on the outcome of the game.
Key Player - Joel Embiid
Joel Embiid has played only one of the Sixers' three regular-season games against the Indiana Pacers and led his side to a win with a 32-point, 11-rebound performance in that tie. Indiana dominated the Philadelphia 76ers in his absence in the other two games so Brett Brown will be expecting Embiid to make his interior presence felt on both ends of the court.
76ers Predicted Lineup
Shake Milton, Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid
Indiana Pacers Preview
The Indiana Pacers enter this tie with questions surrounding the fitness of two of their key players Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. While Oladipo looks more and more likely to play the rest of the NBA season, Sabonis is out with a foot injury.
Sabonis has been Indiana Pacers' best player this season and his unavailability leaves Nate McMillan's side with a solitary reliable big in Myles Turner. The likes of TJ Warren and Malcolm Brogdon looked solid in the scrimmage games and will be hoping to make a mark in the tie against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Key Player - Myles Turner
Indiana Pacers' biggest worry heading into this game is the sheer size of Philly's lineup. So how Myles Turner matches up with Joel Embiid and co. will dictate the flow of the game. Turner had a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double as well as three blocks in the last tie between these two franchises so he will be hoping to replicate the same.
Pacers Predicted Lineup
Victor Oladipo, Aaron Holiday, Malcolm Brogdon, TJ Warren, Myles Turner
76ers vs Pacers Match Prediction
Even though the Indiana Pacers are likely to have Victor Oladipo back for this game, he hasn't really looked at his best in the NBA bubble. At the same time, the Pacers are at a significant disadvantage given the absence of Domantas Sabonis.
The Philadelphia 76ers are meanwhile expected to have a largely healthy roster with both Embiid and Simmons available to play. This invariably edges the tie in Philly's favor on paper so they are favorites for the win tomorrow.
Where to watch 76ers vs Pacers?
Local broadcast of the match will be available on NBC Sports Philadelphia and FOX Sports Indiana. The game will not be available on national TV. You can also live stream the match via the NBA League Pass.
Published 01 Aug 2020, 02:09 IST