Indiana Pacers vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 2/7/14
Portland Trail Blazers (34-14) at Indiana Pacers (38-10)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Two of the best teams in the league collide tonight when the Portland Trailblazers take on the Indiana Pacers.
The Trailblazers have lost three of their last five but have bounced back from a loss to the Wizards on Monday by beating the Knicks by 94-90 on Wednesday. LaMarcus Aldridge had an off shooting night, scoring just 15 points on five of 17 shooting while Damian Lillard shot just four of 12 for his 12 points, but the Blazers were able to overcome those rough shooting numbers thanks to Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews who scored 20 and 18 points respectively. On the defensive end, the Blazers were able to hold the Knicks to 40 percent shooting from the field and just four of 21 from three-point range which was telling in the end. With the win, Portland improve to 35-14 overall and 16-9 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Pacers will be looking to build on a three-game win streak after escaping Atlanta with an 89-85 win on Tuesday. David West led the scoring with 22 points and 10 rebounds while Paul George added 18 points, but with no one else contributing much on the scoreboard, the Pacers had to lean on their defense and you can see the results on the stat sheet as they kept all of the Hawks' starters to single figures in scoring. The Pacers did receive a major scare when Lance Stephenson left the game with a sore lower back and did not return but all reports are that he is OK. Indiana is now 38-10 on the season and 15-8 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Blazers are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall, while the Pacers are 25-9 ATS in their last 34 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team above .600.
Head to head, the Blazers are 5-14 ATS in the last 19 meetings overall and 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Indiana.
One of the best offenses takes on the league's best defense tonight in what will be a clash of styles. I would usually take the Blazers with the points, but they've been far below their best lately and could struggle on the road against the best home team in the league.