The Sixers are in a tight battle for Eastern Conference playoff positioning, but their first loss at home since 2017 might have set them back in their quest for early-round home-court advantage.Tuesday night, the 6th-place Sixers faced the 3rd-place Pacers, just two games separating them in the standings.With 21 seconds left in the game, the Pacers went up by five points on two free throws.
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers are steadily gaining momentum towards the playoffs as they've won four of their last six games and they will be looking to build on Sunday's 120-97 win at Brooklyn. The 76ers enter this contest with a 6-4 record in their last 10 games and a 20-10 mark at home.
Philly made one last run in the final two minutes, using a J.J. Redick 3-pointer and Embiid layup to make it a 99-96 game with 46 seconds to play. He shot 52.9% from the field, making 9 of his 17 attempts (2/4 from the line, 1/2 from three-point range). The 76ers rank third in offensive rebounding percentage (25.6 percent), while in ranks 24th in defensive rebounding percentage (76.4 percent). More importantly, it clinched the head-to-head tiebreaker for the Pacers, who have won two of three games against Philadelphia this season.
The 76ers have played 7 games during the last two weeks.
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Off night for Victor Oladipo. Young was also impressive, going 7-for-11 from the field while recording a double-double with 19 points and 10 boards.
The 76ers rank third in assists per game (25.9) while the Pacers rank 22nd (22.1). The 76ers rank 29th in steals allowed per game (8.8). He has averaged 23.4 PTS, 10.9 REB, 3.2 AST, 0.7 STL and 1.7 BLK with 3.8 TO.
Philadelphia averages 13.6 second chance points per game, which ranks sixth in the league.
The Pacers have been a great "under" team recently. He's averaged 23.8 PTS, 5.3 REB, 4.3 AST, 2.2 STL, 0.8 BLK and 3 TO this season.
Philadelphia ranks 14th in three pointers allowed per game (29.3) while in ranks 26th (30.8).
The Pacers' average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.6, up from 1.6 for the season.