Trail Blazers (32-28, 16-12 road) at Pacers (29-31, 11-17 home)
- Time: 4PM PST – 6PM CST – 7PM EST
- Place: Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
- TV: NBC Sports Northwest | Bally Sports Indiana | NBA League Pass
Both Portland and Indiana are on solid ground inside the NBA play-in games which will precede the playoffs this season. However, both teams are going in opposite directions as Portland has lost five in a row and seven out of eight while Indiana has won three in a row.
The Blazers sit as the 7-seed in the West while the Pacers are the 9-seed in the East and the Trail Blazers are one game back of Dallas for the 6-seed while Indiana is 2.5 games back of sixth.
Indiana took a 111-87 win over Portland in Moda Center back on Jan. 14 as Malcolm Brogdon led the Pacers with 25 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Domantas Sabonis had 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead Indiana. Damian Lillard was the high point man for Portland with 22.
Injuries to Key Contributors
- Portland Trail Blazers – N/A
- Indiana Pacers – Goga Bitadze (ankle), Jeremy Lamb (knee) – Day to Day; Domantas Sabonis (back), Myles Turner (toe), T.J. Warren (foot) – Out
Trail Blazers (29-31, ATS):
- The UNDER has been the play in 7 of the last 10 Blazers games
- Portland is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 games vs. Indiana
- The Trail Blazers are 10-3 SU in their last 13 vs. the Pacers
Pacers (28-32, ATS):
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Indiana’s last 7 games
- The Pacers are 2-13 ATS in their last 15 home games
- The OVER has been the play in 6 of Indiana’s last 8 vs. Western Conference opponents
Last Time Out
The Memphis Grizzlies completed the sweep of the Trail Blazers with a 120-113 decision at Moda Center on Sunday evening. CJ McCollum led the Portland attack with 27 points while Jusef Nurkić scored 16 and collected 19 boards. Portland rallied twice in the fourth quarter, but Memphis had the answers with a 10-0 run and then free throws from Ja Morant answering Blazers’ baskets inside of a minute.
Malcolm Brogdon scored 24 points and Indiana outscored Orlando, 41-20, en route to a 131-112 win over the Magic on Sunday evening. Edmond Sumner added 21 points and Justin Holiday netted 20 points which included six threes.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Trail Blazers||-5 (-110)||-200||O 242 (-110)|
|Pacers||+5 (-110)||+170||U 242 (-110)|
*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook
Although the Blazers are struggling right now, the presence of Jusef Nurkić in the middle should have a tremendous impact on this game with Pacers big man Domantas Sabonis still out due to injury. Nurkić has averaged 21 points and 18 rebounds in his last two games and should make an impact inside as third-team center JaKarr Sampson will have the primary assignment.
This should also play a huge role in the Blazers’ three-point game as Indiana will have to choose its poison on how to defend with Damian Lillard leading that three-point game which makes 37.7 percent (8th/NBA) of its shots.
Key Blazers Stat:
The Trail Blazers’ defense has been a problem of late as the five opponents in the five-game skid have shot a combined 48.1 percent from the field while making 64 threes. Three of the losses are by one, one and two points. The Grizzlies combined for 201 field goal attempts so more pressure on the perimeter from the Trail Blazers will be a key in this game.
D-Lill is 10th on the NBA’s all-time list for made threes as he currently sits at 1,996. If he can nail four threes, he will become the second-fastest player in league history to reach 2,000. The Warriors’ Steph Curry did this in 597 games.
Malcolm Brogdon is averaging a career-high 21.6 points per game as his three-point field goal is at the forefront of the average as he makes 39.6 percent per game. Edmond Sumner is another Pacer who is affecting the proliferation of the three as Sumner made four vs. Detroit two games ago, but then he scored off the dribble-drive in getting to the line (7/8). He has started nine consecutive games to begin April where he shot 58.6 percent from the floor while averaging 9.8 points per night.
Key Pacers Stat:
The athleticism of Caris LeVert in the paint could be a problem for Portland as they do allow 54.8 percent from two-point range. Getting to the rim off the dribble has been how he is scoring the ball of late as only two of his 27 makes in the last three games have been three-point field goals.
Watching the 120-point mark and the 50 percent shooting mark is an excellent gauge for how the Pacers fare. When they pass 120 points or make 50 percent of their field goals, they are 16-2 in both scenarios. They are also 24-2 when they shoot a higher percentage than their opponents from the floor.
Winner: Portland 117, Indiana (+5) 114