Given Myles Turner's recent and historical performances against the 76ers, we're taking the under on his rebounds and assists line set at 9.5.
Pick 2: Myles Turner Rebounds + Assists U9.5 (-140 on DraftKings)
Hoops fans, grab your popcorn and buckle u, because we're about to delve into the intriguing performance conundrum of Pacers' big man, Myles Turner. He's a player we've all watched, dissected, and debated about, but when it comes to facing off against the Philadelphia 76ers, his stat line takes a noticeable dip. We're here to break down why we're leaning towards the under on his rebounds and assists line of 9.5 for the upcoming game. Buckle up, because we're going in deep.
First off, let's take a look at Turner's season averages. He's been pulling down 8.95 rebounds and dishing out assists per game this season. Not too shabby, right? But a deeper dive into his numbers paints a more nuanced picture. Over his last 20 games, his average has dropped to 8.35. And in his last 10? Even further down to just 7.0. Sure, he's shown signs of life with 9.2 over his last five games, but don't let that minor uptick fool you. Turner's performance against Philly is a different beast entirely.
In his three encounters with the 76ers this season, Turner's rebounds and assists average nosedived to 5.33. That's a far cry from his season average and a clear indication that the Sixers have his number. The towering presence of Joel Embiid, who has a knack for dominating the boards, surely plays into this. Embiid's relentless pressure and formidable skill make it tougher for Turner to secure those precious rebounds.
Additionally, Turner's recent performance hasn't been anything to write home about. In the last five games, he's averaged 6.8 total rebounds and 1.6 assists. The blue and gold need more from their big man, especially against a strong side like the 76ers. But unfortunately, the stats and trends don't suggest a bounce-back game for him.
Despite winning the turnover battle and shooting over 40% from deep, the Pacers fell short against the 76ers in their recent clash. The reason? The battle of the boards. The Sixers ran riot, out-rebounding the Pacers 54-32. Turner, unfortunately, finished with only five rebounds. If the Pacers aim to stifle the 76ers, Turner needs to step up, but his track record against Philly doesn't inspire much confidence.
So, betting enthusiasts and Pacers fans, while we all appreciate Turner's contributions and understand his value to the Pacers, the data doesn't lie. His struggles against the Sixers, particularly with rebounding, make the under on his rebounds and assists line of 9.5 a compelling choice.
Remember, though, the ball is round and anything can happen on any given night in the NBA. But based on the data at hand, Turner's impending clash with the 76ers looks like another tough night on the boards for the Pacers' center. Stay tuned, and let's see how this unfolds.