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(24-20) Indiana Pacers vs. Portland Trail Blazers (23-21)
Date: Thursday January 18th
Time: 10:00PM EST
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Pacers -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 214.5
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The Indiana Pacers are looking to keep getting better, and built upon their 4-1 record over the last five games. They face the talented Portland Trail Blazers.
The Trail Blazers are two games over .500 this year. They most recently beat the Phoenix Suns, 118-111. Portland shot 50.5 percent from the floor against Phoenix in the win.
The last time the Pacers and Trail Blazers took the court against each other, was October 20th. The Trail Blazers destroyed the Pacers, 114-96. Look for this game to be closer than the first.
The Indiana Pacers are trying to make the Eastern conference playoffs this season. Right now, the Pacers are four games over .500 and looking to keep improving. Indiana is 4-1 over their last five games, and playing with confidence right now.
Indiana recently beat the Utah Jazz, 109-94. The Pacers shot 53 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from three point land. Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 28 points in the win.
Thaddeaus Young also played well. He finished with 17 points.
The Pacers took an 18 point loss the first time they faced the Trail Blazers. Indiana was limited to 45 percent shooting from the field and 22 percent from three point land. If Indiana is going to keep this game close on the road, they must shoot better from deep.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Pacers are allowing 106 points per game this season. Good enough for 17th in the NBA this year.
If the Pacers are going to be a playoff team, they must improve on the defensive side of the ball. If they can, the Pacers will be a second round playoff team in the East.
Look for the Pacers to play well in the second meeting with Portland. Expect a big game from Oladipo for Indiana.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers are looking to build on their last win against the Suns, 118-111. Portland was led by Damian Lillard. Lillard finished the game with 31 points and seven assists. CJ McCollum also played well. He finished with 27 points in the even point win.
I can’t forget Shabazz Napier. The backup guard is playing well off the bench this year, and had 11 points against the Suns.
The Trail Blazers may have gotten the win last game, but their defense was shredded.
The Suns Devin Booker poured in 43 points on 14 of 29 shooting from the field. If the Trail Blazers are going to defend like that against the Pacers, Victor Oladipo could explode for 40 or more. Oladipo was 5 of 17 finishing with 17 points in the first meeting.
The Trail Blazers are 11-10 at home this season. The team is allowing 103.3 points per game this year. Ranking the Trail Blazers eighth in the NBA this year.
Portland held the Pacers to 96 points in the first game, and forced Indiana into 12 turnovers.
NBA Betting Trends:
- IND are 4-15 ATS in their last 19 Thu. games.
- IND are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games.
- Under is 8-3 in POR last 11 vs. Eastern Conference.
- POR are 6-15-3 ATS in their last 24 home games.
- Over is 10-4 in POR last 14 vs. NBA Central.
Free Indiana Pacers vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
The Pacers are looking for revenge. Indiana is on a hot streak right now, and have won two straight road games. Look for Victor Oladipo to play better in this matchup. He struggled in the first meeting.
Portland is one of the most exciting teams to watch in the NBA this year.
The team has one of the best back courts in the league. Expect a big games from Lillard and McCollum in the rematch.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Trail Blazers -4.5
The Pacers are goingto have to shoot better from three point land to beat Portland at home. Take the Trail Blazers to cover for the win.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Trail Blazers 115 – Pacers 108
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