Free NBA Pick: Trail Blazers vs Pacers Lines
Looking for Portland Trail Blazers vs. Indiana Pacers free NBA picks? NBA betting sees the Trailblazers taking on the Pacers on Saturday December 10, 2016 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
(12-12) Portland Trailblazers vs. Indiana Pacers (11-11)
Date: Saturday December 10, 2016
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Indiana -2
NBA Betting Total: 215.5
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It’s a battle of the 8th seeds as the Portland Trailblazers head to Indianapolis to meet the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.
The Blazers are coming off of two straight losses and looking to get back on the winning track, while the Pacers try to keep their winning ways going.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers offense has looked impressive in their 12 wins this season, scoring over 100 in 11 of those games. This high-scoring offense has led them to a 110.1 points per game average, good for 5th in the NBA.
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about the Blazers defense. Each of their losses has been the direct result of allowing over 105 points. The team’s 112.5 opponent’s points per game average is 3rd worst in the league.
When the offense isn’t clicking, there’s virtually no way for Portland to win a game because of their lackluster defense.
Damian Lillard continues to show why he is a star. He’s averaging 28 points and 5.6 assists, while shooting 46.2% from the field. His PER is at a career high of 25.6.
His right-hand man C.J. McCollum is playing well above his $3 million/year contract. He’s averaging 22.0 PPG.
The PF position continues to be unstable. Al-Farouq Aminu suffered an injury Thursday merely days after coming back from a 13-game absence due to injury. Ed Davis and Meyers Leonard are covering the power forward position.
The Pacers can’t seem to find their identity, despite having a nucleus of players that looks great on paper.
Even with a defensive minded coach in Nate McMillan, the Pacers’ main problems have been on defense. They haven’t been much better than the Blazers, giving up 107.3 PPG (25th in the league).
Recent acquisition Jeff Teague has not been quite as effective a replacement for George Hill as Pacers hoped. His FG percentage is lowest since rookie season at 41.7%
Superstar SF Paul George is averaging 20.7 PPG, down almost 3 from his brilliant season last year. Shoot 43.7% from the field
Second year Myles Turner is playing above most second year bigs. He’s averaging 14.6 points in 28 minutes and his PER is 20.4, while shooting 51%.
The starting lineup really hasn’t been the problem here.
The bench’s lack of depth has been causing fits for this team, especially in the 2nd and late 3rd/early 4th quarters. It has been tough for the Pacers to keep a lead.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Pacers are 4-2 ATS in last 6 games
- Portland is 2-6 ATS in last 8 games on the road
- Total has gone OVER in 6 of Portland’s last 7 games
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Prediction:
Portland had the Pacers’ number in their last meeting in November, winning easily 131-109. The lack of bench depth will hurt the Pacers on the scoring end and Portland will take advantage of Indiana’s defensive issues.
Portland takes the W at Bankers Life.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Portland +2
The Indiana defense has not been in great form as of late and gave up 131 to the Blazers in their last meeting. Also, this game will be the second half of a back-to-back.
I like Portland and Damian Lillard to take this game
NBA Free Score Prediction: Portland 111 – Indiana 103
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