Portland 10-20 away. They've avg'd 108 points last 4 away. Lillard is out. Portland is 0-5 ATS last 5. Pacers 20-10 at home. They've avg'd 108 points last 5 at home. They did cover last 2 home games. The under has hit for them 3 straight games. Prediction- I see this game going OVER the total. Portland doesn't have any defense and Indi can easily put 120 on them. Portland can score as well. Indi will be a challenge in the paint but Portland loves taking jump shots. They are hit and miss.
Why is everyone lowly on the Pacers? Sure they had their worst loss in 33 years against a top tier Eastern team, but that was in Toronto. They made up for it with their largest margin of victory this season against the Hornets in Indiana. Portland on the other hand has very little hope of making the playoffs without Lillard. Blazers have to start winning games at some point to have any hope but not against a solid Pacers team in Indiana. These team's Home/Away Records are flip-flopped with Indiana 20-10 at home and Blazers 10-20 on the road. Blazers won this match up in Portland by ten points 139-129, lead by a smooth 50 piece from Lillard on Jan 26th. Pacers will lock down on CJ and Melo defensively on the perimeter and control Whiteside's rebound production down low with Turner and Sabonis. With Oladipo cleared for action I expect a solid performance from him as Ariza's assignment will certainly be TJ warren. My personal favorite play is 1st Half Pacers -5. Pacers will win by around 10 so buy some points if you can. This is the NBA play of the day considering all our matchups.
I don't think Portland played horrible against Boston. I am not impressed with Indiana. Portland can put up points so if things tighten up on the defensive end I can see an upset. The pacers last couple of wins haven't been against impressive teams . This is a must win for Portland to keep the playoff hopes alive. Expect CJ McCollum to drop 32 points.
Hammering Portland +9.5 this game. CJ and Anthony step the fuck up. Play some D and Cover a spread of basically 10 against a team who is not playing well as of late. I understand without Lilly you guys are fucking dog ass. But come on, you gotta cover this.