Free NBA Pick: Pacers vs. Trail Blazers Lines
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(9-9) Indiana Pacers vs. Portland Trail Blazers (9-10)
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 30
Time: 10:00PM EST
Venue: Moda Center – Portland, Ore.
NBA Moneyline Odds: -110
NBA Betting Odds: Portland -7
NBA Betting Total: 217.5
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Neither the Indiana Pacers nor the Portland Trail Blazers have lived up to expectations this season. Indy, who was supposed to be a sleeper out East with its new pieces, is sitting at .500 and third in their division.
Portland, who was supposed to build upon the shocking success it found last year, has taken a clear step back.
There’s plenty of time left in the year to turn things around, but as we hit the quarter-mark of the 2016-17 campaign, but will look to make that happen sooner rather than later.
The Pacers enter this contest having won two in a row against the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers.
One of those wins is far more impressive than the other (see: LA), but both have given this team confidence immediately following a stretch that saw them lose three of four.
Against the Blazers, the strategy has clearly been laid out by teams so far this season: Let Damian Lillard get his numbers; focus on containing the rest of the roster.
At this point in the year, it’s clear that Lillard is going to score whether you defend him one-on-one, trap him at halfcourt, bring double teams, you name it.
What’s also clear, however, is that his individual success is not translating to team success unless he gets help from the surrounding pieces.
While C.J. McCollum almost falls into that category, we’re mostly talking about guys like Evan Turner, Allen Crabbe and Maurice Harkless.
Those are the players Indy needs to contain, otherwise the Blazers’ free-flowing offense could be too much to handle.
Portland Trail Blazers
Getting a third contributor involved in the scoring department is going to be important for Portland. As mentioned, Lillard and McCollum can’t be the only ones running the show.
But offense isn’t the problem in Rip City, even if it’s a two-headed monster doing the bulk of the damage. On the year, the team is fourth in scoring at 109.7 points per contest.
Defense is the Achilles’ heel for this roster. Since Al-Farouq Aminu was sidelined with an injury, this group has fallen to dead last in defensive efficiency.
The team is also 29th out of 30 in points per game allowed.
The loss of Aminu clearly hurts the perimeter defense, but the bigger problem is that Portland can’t defend the paint.
The Blazers will need players like Harkless and Turner to step up in this one to take pressure off of bigs such as Mason Plumlee and Meyers Leonard.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Pacers are 12-0 ATS in their last 12 games after allowing less than 75 points in their previous game.
- Pacers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
- Pacers are 18-5 ATS in their last 23 games playing on 2 days rest.
- Trail Blazers are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
- Trail Blazers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Trail Blazers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- Trail Blazers are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games.
Free Indiana Pacers vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
The Blazers will likely turn things around, but it’s tough to envision them winning a game against a team coming off two important victories.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: IND ATS
Give this win to Indiana both ATS and SU.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Indiana 107 – Portland 98
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