(NBA) Philadelphia vs. Indiana, 08/01/2020 7:00 PM, Score: 121 - 127
Point Spread: 5.50 | -110.00 Indiana (Home)
Bookmaker: Bet365
Result: Win
8* Indiana (7:05 ET): The Sixers seem to be getting a lot of love from bettors prior to the restart, but have people forgotten just how subpar this team was away from home? Their 10-24 SU road record was easily the worst among the 22 teams invited to Orlando. Therefore, I expect them to struggle more than expected. When the NBA hit the pause button on the season, the Sixers and Pacers were tied with identical 39-26 SU records. The reason that the Sixers are favored by several points is due to the uncertain status of Victor Oladipo. Even if he chooses to not play, I expect Indiana to compete on Saturday. Take the points.

Originally, Oladipo had said he was NOT going to play in Orlando. But there was a change of heart and he suited up from the team’s scrimmages. My guess is that if he was willing to scrimmage, he’s likely to play. With Oladipo in the lineup, there’s no reason to believe the Pacers can’t beat the Sixers straight up and thus taking points is a “no brainer.” But even if he doesn’t play, Philly has proven itself untrustworthy on the road.

As an away favorite, the Sixers are just 4-10-1 ATS this season. Their .641 difference between home and road percentages was set to be the largest of any team since the league went to an 82-game schedule. I view this as an excellent shot at fading the public, who is too high on a Philadelphia team that is - at best - 4th in the Eastern Conference pecking order. If Oladipo plays, it’s a bonus. 8* Indiana