Portland Trail Blazers vs. Indiana Pacers Total Betting Pick
The Portland Trail Blazers continue their current four-game road trip this Friday night with a stop at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to square-off against the Indiana Pacers. Tip-off for this inter-conference clash set for 7 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
Point Spread: Indiana -6
Total Line: 196
Trail Blazers vs. Pacers Game Overview
Portland has split the first two games of this trip with a 100-90 loss to Washington as a one-point favorite this past Monday followed by Wednesday's 94-90 victory over New York as 2.5-point favorites. The win over the Knicks was just the second time the Trail Blazers covered in their last nine games. They are 35-14 straight-up overall with a 26-23 record against the spread. This includes a 16-9 SU (14-11 ATS) at home with the total going OVER in 15 of the 25 games.
Led by LaMarcus Aldridge's team-high 24.1 points and 11.6 rebounds, Portland is ranked first in the NBA in both of these categories with a total of 107.7 points and 46.5 rebounds a game. Scoring has been an issue over the course of a 2-3 SU record in its last five games with an average of just 91.8 points. The total has stayed UNDER in four of the five contests. Defensively, the Trail Blazers have actually played much better during this stretch by allowing an average of 98.9 points. This compares to a season average of 103.1 points that is ranked 26th in the league.
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Indiana continues to set the pace in the Eastern Conference with an overall record of 38-10 that has it three games ahead of Miami in the standings. The Pacers bring a three-game winning streak into this matchup after losing three of their previous five games. The bad news for bettors is a 3-5 mark ATS over these last eight games. They are 31-17 ATS overall with a 17-8 mark ATS at home. The total has stayed UNDER in 17 of 25 home games this year.
Defense continues to be the driving force behind Indiana's success this season. It is ranked first in the league in points allowed; giving-up an average of just 90.2 points a game. It is averaging 98.4 points and pulling down 45.5 rebounds, which is ranked sixth. The Pacers are hoping to have Lance Stephenson back in the lineup for Friday night after missing his last start with a sore back. He is averaging 14.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and a team-high 5.3 assists. Paul George leads the team in scoring with 22.7 points and Roy Hibbert is pulling down a team-high 7.7 rebounds.
The Trail Blazers 1-4 ATS in their last five road games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a SU winning record. The total has stayed UNDER in five of their last seven games against the Eastern Conference.
The Pacers are 25-9 ATS in their last 34 home games and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games playing on two days' rest. The total has stayed UNDER in 18 of their last 26 games at home.
The home team in this matchup is a perfect 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings and the total has stayed UNDER in five of the last seven games.
There are quite a few favorable trends for a play on Indiana in this game, but the UNDER on the total jumps off the page given Portland's current form combined with the Pacers' shutdown defense and a slightly inflated total line.