National Basketball Association
Philadelphia at Indiana
When: 6:00 PM ET, Sunday, March 26, 2017
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana

With a definite possibility to move north or south in the standings over the final 10 games, the Indiana Pacers continue their three-game homestand Sunday against the Philadelphia 76ers. Indiana sits one game back of two teams tied for fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings, but only one game up on the eighth spot with the regular season winding down.

The Pacers' current homestand features multiple games against likely lottery teams, but it started with a 125-117 loss to Denver on Friday. Nuggets rising star Nikola Jokic torched the Pacers for 31 points and 17 rebounds, although the 76ers have no such interior force with Joel Embiid (knee) sidelined until the summer. Fellow rookie Dario Saric continued to step up in Embiid's place in Thursday's 10-point win at Chicago, setting a career high with 32 points as Philadelphia improved to 1-2 on its five-game road trip. The teams split a pair of overtime meetings in November with Paul George putting up 54 points in the two outings.

TV: 6 p.m. ET, CSN Philadelphia, Fox Sports Indiana

ABOUT THE 76ERS (27-45): Saric shot 12-of-19 with a pair of 3-pointers and added 10 rebounds against Chicago, while fellow rookie Shawn Long set a career high with 18 points in 19 minutes. T.J. McConnell chipped in 10 points and eight assists and also has 10 steals in the last three games, while backcourt mate Gerald Henderson matched his high for the month with 14 points. Jahlil Okafor (knee) missed his second straight game and is questionable for Sunday, although Richaun Holmes has played well in his place.

ABOUT THE PACERS (36-36): Indiana has lost three of its last four games, allowing at least 100 points in all four of those contests, and the team gave up at least 30 points in all four quarters versus the Nuggets. George (27), Jeff Teague (21) and Myles Turner (20) combined for 68 points as the team shot over 50 percent from the field and a crisp 13-of-24 from the arc. Teague has surpassed his season scoring average (15.3) in four straight games and is 11-of-22 from 3-point range over the last five outings.


1. Saric has scored at least 10 points in 22 straight games.

2. George's last five games have featured a 39-point effort versus Charlotte and a 37-point performance at Boston.

3. Sixers F Robert Covington is 6-of-23 from long range over the last four games.

PREDICTION: Pacers 101, 76ers 93
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Philadelphia 27-45 W1 17-19 10-26 3-3 24-42 6-6 18-24
Indiana 36-36 L2 25-11 11-24 3-0 33-36 7-7 20-24
Last Meeting
Philadelphia Indiana
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/11/16 IND 105 PHI 109 109 54 41.9 105 40 44.3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Philadelphia J. Embiid 25 33.3 12
Indiana P. George 26 45.0 7
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Philadelphia R. Holmes 12 4 8
Indiana T. Young 10 1 9
Assists Player  
Philadelphia S. Rodriguez 9
Indiana M. Ellis 5
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Philadelphia D. Saric 985 42.0 158
Indiana P. George 1522 44.6 300
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Philadelphia D. Saric 482 107 375
Indiana M. Turner 529 124 405
Assists Player  
Philadelphia T. McConnell 476
Indiana J. Teague 590
Quickchart Matchup
Philadelphia Philadelphia Off vs  Indiana Indiana Defense
Philadelphia Off vs Indiana - Points For 102.6 Points For
Philadelphia Off vs Indiana - Points Against 105.3 Points Against
Philadelphia - FG% 44.3 FG%
Indiana - FG% 45.0 FG%
Philadelphia - Reb 42.9 Reb
Indiana - Reb 44.8 Reb
Indiana Indiana Off vs  Philadelphia Philadelphia Defense
Indiana Off vs Philadelphia - Points For 104.3 Points For
Indiana Off vs Philadelphia - Points Against 107.8 Points Against
Indiana - FG% 46.3 FG%
Philadelphia - FG% 45.7 FG%
Indiana - Reb 41.8 Reb
Philadelphia - Reb 44.9 Reb