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Trail Blazers vs Pacers NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Portland Trail Blazers at Indiana Pacers
  • Where: Indianapolis at Gainbridge Fieldhouse
  • Date: Friday, January 6th
  • Betting Odds IND -1.5, POR +101 | IND -122 O/U 231.5

So far, the Trail Blazers have put together an overall record of 19-18, while going 22-15-0 vs the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Portland has an overall record of 1-2, including going 1-2 against the spread.

In their previous game, the Trail Blazers were favored to win vs the Timberwolves. However, their 113-106 loss, gave them both a straight up and ATS loss. Portland was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Timberwolves by 7 going into halftime. In the loss, Damian Lillard led the team in scoring with 27 points on a field goal percentage of 38.9%.

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So far, the Pacers have put together an overall record of 21-18, while going 24-15-0 vs the spread. Looking back on Pacers’ previous 3 games, they have a record of 2-1 while averaging 126 points per game. Over this stretch, their ATS mark is 3-0.

Indiana will be gunning to get in the win column vs Portland, as they previously lost to the 76ers by a score of 129-126. However, because they entered as 5 point underdogs, they came away with an ATS win. Indiana was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the 76ers by 3 going into halftime. In the loss, Buddy Hield led the team in scoring with 24 points on a field goal percentage of 40.9%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I Similar to their season-long average, the Trail Blazers averaged 104.0 points per game vs the Pacers. On the other side, Indiana saw an improvement in their scoring numbers when playing the Trail Blazers, as they averaged 117.5 points per game in these matchups. The Pacers have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 3-2. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 3 points per game. In these contests, they averaged a combined 219 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 1-4.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

Through 37 games, Portland is averaging 112.8 points per game (17th). When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Trail Blazers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 97.4 per contest. Not only does the team’s offense play at a slower pace, but they their overall lack of efficiency has them ranked 23rd in made field goals per game.

On defense, the Trail Blazers will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 27th ranked unit in points allowed per game.

One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of Jerami Grant, 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 Grant leads the team in scoring at 22.5 points per game while Simons is 2nd at 22.4. For the season, Grant is 90th in the NBA in usage rate and 73rd in player efficiency. Behind him, Simons has taken 21.4% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 44.3%.

Indiana will look to continue with their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 115.8 points per game (10th). The Pacers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.6 made 3’s per game. If the Indiana offense is going to continue to produce at a high level, they will need to do a better job taking care of the ball as they are turning the ball over at an above-average rate.

Currently, the Pacers defense is ranked 26th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 114.94 points per game vs the unit.

Point-Guard Tyrese Haliburton currently leads the Pacers at 20.6 points per game. For the season, he is 88th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 17.2% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Haliburton is averaging 4.0 boards and 10.2 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 6th ranked defense at defending point-guards. Buddy Hield enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 39 games, he is averaging 18.1 and is 116th in the league in player efficiency rating.

Trail Blazers vs Pacers Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Trail Blazers +1.5
  • Free Total Prediction: Under 231.5

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