Pacers at Trail Blazers - 12/3/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (11-5) at Portland Trail Blazers (7-12)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers +1.5 -- Over/Under: 201 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSMW, CSNN
The Indiana Pacers and Portland Trail Blazers meet Thursday night at the Moda Center.
The Indiana Pacers look to build on their impressive six-game winning streak. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 101.8 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 95.6 points on 43 percent shooting. Paul George is averaging 27.2 points and 8.1 rebounds while C.J. Miles is averaging 15.4 points and 1.5 assists. George Hill is grabbing 4.4 rebounds and Monta Ellis is dishing 5.3 assists. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are coming off a Wednesday victory to the Clippers in which they shot 42.1 percent from the field and had 14 turnovers. The Indiana Pacers have won their last four road games.
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The Portland Trail Blazers need a big home victory after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 100.6 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 101.7 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 24.4 points and 6.9 assists while C.J. McCollum is averaging 19.5 points and 3.5 rebounds. Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 7.3 rebounds and Mason Plumlee is dishing 2.4 assists. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 73.1 percent from the free throw line. The Trail Blazers are allowing 40.7 percent shooting in their last five games and have allowed less than 100 points in five of their last eight. The Portland Trail Blazers have lost four of their last six home games. Chris Kaman is questionable with an ankle injury.
The Pacers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest and 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 Thursday games and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Pacers are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Portland and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
While the Pacers are playing out of their mind right now, it is tough to win in Portland. I also really like this Trail Blazers team, due to their size and athleticism. At home and against a team that played last night, I give the slight edge to the Trail Blazers.