Check out our free Pacers vs Trail Blazers pick and preview for this NBA game in Portland. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Pacers vs Trail Blazers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Indiana Pacers at Portland Trail Blazers
- Where: Portland at Moda Center
- Date: Sunday, December 4th
- Betting Odds POR -3.5, IND +133 | POR -162 O/U OFF
So far, the Pacers have put together an overall record of 12-10, while going 13-9-0 vs the spread. Over the Pacers current 2 game losing streak, they have an average scoring differential of -21.5 points per game.
Indiana is trying to bounce back from a 139-119 loss to the Jazz. Going into this game, the team was 4 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Indiana struggled throughout the game, as they were not able to chip away at a 16 point halftime deficit. Leading the team in scoring was Myles Turner, as he contributed 18 points while hitting 77.8% of his shots.
The Trail Blazers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 12-11. So far, the team has gone 14-9-0 against the spread. Against the spread, Portland has a mark of 1-2. Straight up, their record is 1-2 in these games.
Portland is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Jazz at home. With the 116-111 victory, they also covered the spread as 5 point underdogs. Portland went on to win the game, as they led by 9 heading into halftime. In the win, Anfernee Simons led the team in scoring with 45 points on a field goal percentage of 60.0%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In last season’s head-to-head matchups, the teams split the season series. In these games, each team won on their home floor. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Pacers averaged 117.5 points per game vs Portland, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the Pacers saw a boost in scoring, the Trail Blazers averaged 104.0 points per contest in head-to-head meeting vs Indiana. This figure was similar to season-long average. In terms of betting, Indiana has an ATS record of 3-2 in the previous 5 matchups vs Portland. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +7 points per game in favor of the Pacers. Over the course of these games, they averaged 217 points per game, leading a 1-4 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Coming into today’s action, Indiana is averaging 115.8 points per contest. This figure places them 8th in the league. In terms of pace, the Pacers are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 102.2 possessions per game. If the Pacers offense is going to continue to produce at their current level, they would benefit from an improvement in their outside shooting. Currently, they are the 13th ranked team in 3-point shooting percentage.
Defensively, Indiana has had its problems giving up an average of 114.94 points per game (26th).
One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of Tyrese Haliburton, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as Haliburton leads the team in scoring at 19.09 points per game while Mathurin is 2nd at 18.86. For the season, Haliburton is 102nd in the NBA in usage rate and 27th in player efficiency. Behind him, Mathurin has taken 14.9% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 43.0%.
For the season, the Trail Blazers offensive unit is ranked just 24th in scoring at 110.0 points per contest. Coming into today’s game, the Trail Blazers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.9 made 3’s per game. If the Portland offense is going to turn things around, not only do they need to improve their outside shooting but they must do a better job protecting the ball. Currently, they are averaging 14.3 turnovers per game.
Currently, the Trail Blazers defense is ranked 27th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 115.11 points per game vs the unit.
This season, the Trail Blazers offense has primarily worked through Anfernee Simons and Jerami Grant who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 21 games, Simons is 18th in the NBA at 24.81 points per game. so far, him and Grant have accounted for 42% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 47.54 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Jerami Grant is grabbing 4.09 rebounds for Portland to go along with 2.77 assists.
Pacers vs Trail Blazers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Trail Blazers -3.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF