Vegas Play of the Day: Philadelphia 76ers at Indiana Pacers

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Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, left, and New York Knicks’ Michael Beasley battle for position during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017, in New York. The 76ers defeated the Knicks 105-98.

Sat, Feb 3, 2018 (12:45 p.m.)

We’ve entered the fourth season of the annual South Point-lined Play of the Day competition, effective July 1.

Starting bankrolls have reset to $10,000, with the maximum bet being to win $1,000 and the minimum wager $300. Ray Brewer won back-to-back titles in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, after Taylor Bern prevailed in 2014-15.

Philadelphia 76ers plus-1.5 at Indiana Pacers: $330 to win $300

Philadelphia has been a different team when Joel Embiid is on the floor this season. The standout center is set to appear on back-to-back nights for the first time in his NBA career tonight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

This line should therefore be pulled further in Philadelphia’s direction. The scheduling spot is mostly neutral, because Indiana is also playing on back-to-back nights and its third game in four days.

The Pacers might not have their own young big man, Myles Turner, on the floor tonight. Although he hasn’t made quite the impact of Embiid, Turner is one of Indiana’s best players and the drop-off is noticeable when he’s out.

This line was minus-2 when I started writing this Play of the Day and has already trimmed down a point at several sports books, so jump on it quick. With Embiid in the lineup, Philadelphia should be laying points.

Current Standings: Granger (15-11, $13,009), Brewer (23-19, $10,850), Keefer (21-20-1, $10,056), Grimala (9-16, $5,275)

Case Keefer can be reached at 702-948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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