Both the Portland Trail Blazers and Indiana Pacers are trying to avoid the play-in tournament in their respective conferences and earn their way directly into the NBA playoffs. The teams close their season series on Tuesday night from Indianapolis with Portland likely favored on the NBA odds, depending on injuries
How to Bet Trail Blazers at Pacers NBA Odds & TV Info
- When: Tuesday, 7 PM ET
- Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
- TV: NBA League Pass
- Stream:com, NBA TV app
- NBA Odds: TBA (Blazers likely favored)
Indiana won at Portland 111-87 on Jan. 14 to end an 11-game road losing streak in the series. Domantas Sabonis had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and Malcolm Brogdon had 25 points and seven assists for the Pacers, who led by 25 in the second quarter and maintained a double-digit advantage the rest of the way. CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard each scored 22 for the Blazers, playing the second of a back-to-back. The Pacers hadn’t won in Portland since 2007. Indiana has now won consecutive games over the Trail Blazers for the first time since 2012. Indiana has not swept the regular season series against Portland since the 2007-08 season.
Why Bet on Portland? Betting Analysis
Portland is not helping its playoff chances on a five-game losing streak. It was beaten 120-113 at home by Memphis on Sunday. The Blazers had five fast-break points in the opening half — compared to 25 for the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies how now won the season series and the playoff tiebreaker should both teams end with the same record.
All-Star Damian Lillard finished with 23 points, well off his average this season of 28.5 points. He missed three games earlier this month because of a hamstring injury, but recently he hasn’t looked like himself. The Blazers have failed to put together consecutive victories in the month of April and have slide out of the No. 6 spot in the Western Conference as a result. Individually, Lillard is shooting 37.1 percent from the field and averaging 22.1 points per game through 10 outings this month. He’s now gone nine straight games without shooting at least 50 percent from the field.
“I’m just not playing well enough,” Lillard explained. “If we’re going to be better, I know that our team’s success is parallel to me being better and I just haven’t played good.”
Lillard added that this is the “worst year physically” he has had in his nine-year playing career, but the All-Star guard said he doesn’t intend to sit out any more games as the Trail Blazers fight for a favorable playoff position.
CJ McCollum had 27 points in the loss. McCollum has now scored at least 20 points in five of the last six games. Norman Powell had a solid game, scoring 17 points with five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Jusuf Nurkic had 16 points and 19 rebounds.
“I think we’re a little frustrated right now,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “You look at some of these games, the one-point losses. I don’t think we were out of sorts against Boston or against San Antonio, or Denver or the (Los Angeles) Clippers, so I think recently we’ve been playing good basketball and came up short in some close games.”
The Trail Blazers will now have the unenviable task of trying to end a losing streak on a long road trip as Tuesday starts a six-game trip.
Why Bet on Indiana? Betting Analysis
The Pacers won their third in a row Sunday, 131-112 over Orlando to get two games within the .500 mark at 29-31. Playing less than 24 hours after rallying to beat Detroit, the Pacers had a 41-20 edge in the third quarter.
The Pacers are 15-2 this season when they score 120 or more points. The Pacers are 15-2 this season in games in which they shoot 50 percent or better from the field, and 23-2 when they shoot a higher percentage from the floor than their opponent.
Indiana was without starters Domantas Sabonis (back strain) and Myles Turner (foot) and reserves Jeremy Lamb (knee) and Goga Bitadze (ankle) again. Sabonis, who has had 40 double-doubles and six triple-doubles, has missed the last four games and hasn’t played since April 18. The Pacers are 5-2 without Sabonis.
Malcolm Brogdon posted 24 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. Brogdon has now scored 29, 26 and 24 points over his last three games, respectively, while pulling down 31 rebounds during that stretch. Edmond Sumner had 21 points and seven rebounds. Making another start for the shorthanded Pacers, Sumner played a season-high 37 minutes and took advantage of the increased opportunity for the second straight game.
The Pacers have lost 16 games this season in which they have held a lead during the fourth quarter. Indiana is 8-9 this season in games decided by five points or fewer including a 4-6 record at home.
Portland’s defense leaves an opening for Indiana’s hot scorers. The squad ranks 29th in defensive rating, giving up 116.7 points per 100 possessions. Over their two most recent outings — a back-to-back set against the Grizzlies — they surrendered a combined 250 points.Expert Prediction
- Blazers 118, Pacers 116
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