Portland Trail Blazers vs. Indiana Pacers - 1/18/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Indiana Pacers - 1/18/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers (24-20) at Portland Trail Blazers (23-21)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center)

The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -4 -- Over/Under: 215 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Indiana Pacers and Portland Trail Blazers meet Thursday in NBA action at the Moda Center.

The Indiana Pacers look for another victory after winning five of their last six games. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 107.4 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 106 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Victor Oladipo is averaging 24.3 points and four assists while Myles Turner is averaging 13.9 points and 6.5 rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic is the third double-digit scorer and Darren Collinson is dishing 5.3 assists. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 38.6 percent from beyond the arc and 77.2 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.9 rebounds per game. The Indiana Pacers have split their last eight road games.

The Portland Trail Blazers need a win here after splitting their last eight games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 104 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 103.3 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 25 points and 6.5 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 21.6 points and 4.1 rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Shabazz Napier is dishing 2.4 assists. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 79.2 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won four straight home games.

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The Pacers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 6-15-3 ATS in their last 24 home games, 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Pacers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Portland, 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Indiana Pacers seem to have figured things out again, as they've put together a nice stretch of winning recently and are outscoring teams by nine points in their last five games. The Portland Trail Blazers have been hit or miss all year, but they have won four straight at home despite outscoring teams by just 0.6 points at home this season. The points are probably the right play based on the numbers, but I still think the Portland Trail Blazers are due for a breakout stretch where they start to show their potential and make a move in the West. If we were getting six points, I'd be on the Pacers. Give me Portland and the reasonable line.

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Randy’s Pick Portland Trail Blazers -4

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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