5* NBA Game of the Week
Indiana vs. Philadelphia,
04/17/2012 19:00 EDT,
Score: 102 - 97
Point Spread: -3/-105 Philadelphia
5* NBA Game of the Week on 76ers -3
Motivated by back-to-back defeats and further fueled by a 111-94 loss to Indiana last month, expect the 76ers to take care of business at home tonight.
This is Philly's last home game of the season, a game it desperately needs as it's fading fast in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
The 76ers opened as a 3.5-point favorite at most books, which is significant because favorites of 3.5 to 9.5 points out for revenge for a road loss to an opponent, provided that foe checks in off a home blowout win of 20 points or more, are 38-14 ATS the last 5 seasons. Teams fitting into this situation have won by an average of 10.1 points.
It is also worth noting that Philly is 26-15 ATS when out for revenge for a road loss to an opponent over the last 2 seasons.
The Pacers have covered the spread in 3 straight but are only 8-21 ATS after successfully covering the number in 2 or more consecutive games over the last 2 seasons. They've lost by an average of 5.1 points in this spot.
Lastly, the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. We'll lay the points with the home team tonight.