Trail Blazers vs. Pacers

The best pro basketball game of Friday night is the Portland Trail Blazers traveling to Indiana to face the Pacers.

 

Portland @ Indiana Preview

pacers vs trail blazersThe 35-14 Trail Blazers are coming off a 94-90 win over the New York Knicks. The 38-10 Pacers are coming off a 89-85 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

The Trail Blazers are lead by Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge. Lillard is averaging 20.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game. Aldridge is averaging 24.1 points, 11.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1 block per game.

The Pacers are lead by Paul George and Roy Hibbert. George is averaging 22.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Hibbert is averaging 12.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 2.4 blocks per game.

 

Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN

 

Key Injuries

For Portland:

Nobody currently injured.

For Indiana:

Lance Stephenson questionable (back).

 

How Portland Wins

Portland will win the game if they do what they do best and score a lot of points. They score an average of 107.7 points per game which ranks 1st in the league. The Trail Blazers are also a very good rebounding team as they rank 5th in the league with 54.3 per game. The final thing they need to do is play better defense. They are one of the worst defensive team in the league. Their opponent score average of 103.1 points per game which ranks 26th in the league.

 

How Indiana Wins

The Pacers will win this game if they can slow down the high scoring Trail Blazers team. Indiana should be able to contain the high scoring Trail Blazers as the Pacers rank 1st in the league in scoring defense. They only give up an average of 90.2 points per game. They have the best scoring differential as they outscore their opponents by an average of 8.2 points per game which ranks 1st in the league as well. The Pacers need to also work hard for the rebounds as both teams are in the top 10 in rebounding.

 

My Prediction

Portland wants to make this a very high scoring game and if they do that they should be able to get the win. However the Pacers want to make this a low scoring defensive grudge match and if they do that Indiana should get the win.

I think with home court advantage the Pacers play to their defensive style. The Pacers slow down the very high scoring offense of Portland and get the win because of it.

Final score

Indiana: 96
Portland: 91

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