The Indiana Pacers (24-17) travel to face off against the Portland Trail Blazers (11-29) on Friday, January 19th. This game will be played at Moda Center in Portland and televised on ROOT. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 10:00 ET.
Pacers vs Trail Blazers
The Pacers Are Coming Off A Win
The Pacers clinched a 126-121 win over the Kings in their previous game. Going into the second half the Pacers held the lead at 70-57.
Over their last ten games, the Pacers have gone 7-3 and come into today’s game against the Trail Blazers with an overall record of 24-17. In the Eastern Conference, they are currently in 7th place and are 3rd in the Central division.
Against the spread, Indiana are currently above .500, at 24-17 ATS. This season, Indiana has a 10-8 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 14-9 as underdogs.
The Trail Blazers Are Coming Off A Win
The Trail Blazers’ most recent game versus the Nets saw Jerami Grant lead the Trail Blazers with 30 points while shooting 14/26 from the field. Anfernee Simons also added 20 points as the Trail Blazers won the game by a score of 105-103.
Currently, the Trail Blazers have a 11-29 record as they prepare to face the Pacers. In the Western Conference, the Trail Blazers are 14th and in the Northwest division, they are 5th.
So far, Portland is below .500 in their ATS record, currently standing at 18-22. The Trail Blazers are in the midst of a two game ATS win streak as underdogs, and they come in with a 1-3 record against the spread as favorites.
Pacers Offense Breakdown
The Pacers arrive for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top offensive teams, scoring an average of 125.6 points per game (1st).
So far this season, the Pacers have been the top-scoring team in the NBA, averaging 125.6 points per game. They have been especially potent on the road, where they are averaging 123.6 points per game.
Indiana has been the league’s most efficient shooting team, making 50% of their shots. They have also been excellent inside the arc, hitting 59% of their two-point attempts.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Pacers are making an average of 14.1 threes per game, which is 6th in the NBA. Overall, they are shooting 38% from beyond the arc.
Trail Blazers Offense Breakdown
Portland has recorded an average of 107.2 points per game (30th) throughout 40 games games.
When it comes to scoring, the Trail Blazers have struggled this season, ranking 30th in the league at 107.2 points per game. However, they have been slightly better at home, averaging 110.6 points per game.
Portland’s offense has been reliant on the three-point shot, as they are 15th in the league in three-point attempts. However, their three-point shooting percentage is just 35% (20th).
So far this season, the Trail Blazers have been below the NBA scoring average in 77.5% of their games. In terms of pace, they are 18th in the league at 98.6 possessions per game.
Pacers Team Defense
Facing Portland, the Pacers aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 123.4 points allowed per game (29th). The Indiana defense has allowed opponents to shoot 38.1% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 50.5% of their field goal attempts vs. Indiana.
Trail Blazers Team Defense
On defense, the Trail Blazers come into the game ranked 19th in the league in points allowed at 116.7 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 115.3 points per contest (8th). Portland’s defense is currently forcing 14.3 turnovers per game, which is 27th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 23rd in blocked shots, with an average of 4.5 rejections per game.
Key Players For The Pacers And Trail Blazers
In today’s game, our projections have Myles Turner leading the Pacers with 17 points on 6/11 shooting from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 17.2 points per game, along with 7.1 rebounds.
On the other side, Anfernee Simons is our projected leading scorer for the Trail Blazers. We have him ending the game with a team-high 21 and grabbing 3 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 41.8% and is averaging 22.9 points per contest.
Pacers vs Trail Blazers Trends
- Across their last three road contests, Indiana has a 2-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-2, while averaging 113 points per game.
- Through their last ten home contests, the Trail Blazers offense has averaged 101 points per game while allowing an average of 123. Portland posted an overall record of 1-9 while going 3-7 ATS.
- Going back to their previous three games as the underdog, Portland has an ATS mark of 2-1 while going 1-2 straight up.
- As the betting favorite, the Pacers have an ATS record of 2-1 in their last three games. In these matchups, their straight up record was 3-0.
For today’s matchup we are recommending to take the Pacers to secure the win, with an expected final score of 115-105. When it comes to the spread, we believe they’ll cover at -4.5.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 238.5, and our model projects the Pacers and Trail Blazers to reach a combined total of 220 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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