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(1-0) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Indiana Pacers (1-0)
Date: Friday, October 20
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Banker’s Life Fieldhouse
NBA Moneyline Odds: Portland -160 / Indiana +140
NBA Betting Odds: Portland -3.5
NBA Betting Total: 225.0
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Both Portland and Indiana had highly successful opening nights on Wednesday. The Trail Blazers beat Phoenix on their home floor by 48 points, which sets the number for biggest blowout of the season so far. The Pacers scored more points (140) than any other team in their first (or second) game of the season at home against the Nets. Friday night, the two teams will get together in Indiana.
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland’s 48-point win in Phoenix came without CJ McCollum, who was suspended by the NBA for leaving the bench during an on-court incident in a preseason game. He didn’t run into the middle of what was going on, but rather extended too far beyond where the rulebook allows and got dinged with a one-game suspension. He wasn’t very happy about how the NBA handled it but it’s all bygones now. McCollum is available and the Blazers didn’t need him on Wednesday, apparently.
McCollum insertion into the starting lineup will likely send Moe Harkless to the bench and the three guards, including Dame Lillard and Evan Turner, will play alongside Al-Farouq Aminu and Jusuf Nurkic.
Once one of the hot young teams in the NBA several years ago, the Blazers have cooled down with the departure of guys like LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy (am I dating myself?). They enter this season off the radar after slipping in as the 8-seed last season. But this team has some good basketball in it, especially with a full season of Nurkic. They will be firmly in the top half of the NBA.
The Pacers will likely not, even after they scored 140 in their home opener on Wednesday night. Paul George represented the last bit of the era when Indiana and Miami was the best rivalry in basketball (though Lance Stephenson is back) and his departure leaves Indiana in a year-before-the-rebuild mode.
Myles Turner is the guy they have the choice to build around. A lot of people expect him to take another step forward after showing some good improvement in his second season out of Texas, where he didn’t really get to show college basketball what he was capable of. He’s a trendy preseason Most Improved Player pick and he’s off to a good start with 21 and 14 in his first game.
Thadeus Young and Bojan Bogdonovich like to score the ball but are equally averse to playing defense. My thinking is that this Indiana team will play terribly on the road this season — so look to fade — and will win some high-scoring games at home against teams willing to run with them.
NBA Betting Trends:
- POR are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games.
- Over is 7-2 in POR last 9 vs. NBA Central.
- POR are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games overall.
- IND are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- Over is 19-7 in IND last 26 vs. NBA Northwest.
- Head to Head: Underdog is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Prediction: the Blazers win a track meet.
This game fits the description of one Indiana is capable of winning at home, but I think Portland is a little too good for that to happen. I see a ton of points in a 4-7 point Portland win.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Trail Blazers -3.5
NBA Free Score Prediction: Portland 119 – Indiana 112
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