This is the heart of the discussion.The facts are that, when the expressions are standalone, pre-increment is no worse than post-increment in terms of efficiency, and can even be better. Therefore, there is no advantage in using post-increment instead of pre-increment in such a context. To say "pick whichever one suits you best" is thus bad advice.
Neither is better than the other in this context, hence use whatever you think is best suits this context fine, I think.
But honestly, if you wish to pursue this, go right head. I have no desire to continue this.
It is, as it always has been, an opinion. Arguments can go into discussion forever and I always end up on the defending side.