Indiana Pacers at Portland Trail Blazers
Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 9:00 PM (Moda Center)
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The Indiana Pacers travel to the Moda Center to take on the Portland Trailblazers. The Pacers are a surprise in the East this season and have won eight of their last ten games and come in on a two-game winning streak. The most recent Pacer win was a double-digit 129-118 win over the Golden State Warriors to improve their record on the season to 30-16. The Trailblazers lost their last game out to Dallas Mavericks 133-125 to drop their record on the season to 19-27 on the year.
The Pacers come in averaging 109.5 points per game which ranks 18th in the NBA in scoring offense. Indiana as a team shoots 47.5% from the field which ranks 3rd in the league in team shooting percentage. Leading the Pacers in scoring is TJ Warren who comes in averaging 18.3 points per game while adding 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists. Manning the paint is forward Domantas Sabonis who is averaging 17.9 points while adding 12.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. The facilitating point guard Malcolm Brogdon comes in with a team-high 7.3 assists per game and is adding 17.1 points per game.
The Timberwolves have scored 111.4 points per game which ranks them 15th in the NBA while shooting just 43.3% from the field. The Timberwolves are led by center Karl-Anthony Towns who comes in averaging 26.6 points per game while adding 10.9 rebounds to lead the team in both categories. Towns have missed 15 games this season and when Towns is out, Andrew Wiggins carries the scoring load and is averaging 22.6 points per game while adding 5.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists. Point guard Jeff Teague comes in averaging 6.1 assists per game while adding 13.2 points per game.
The Timberwolves are one of the worst defenses in the NBA and have allowed 115 points per game which ranks 26th in the NBA in scoring defense while opponents have shot 46.4% from the field. The Pacers are one of the best defenses in the league allowing 106.4 points per game which ranks 8th in scoring defense while opponents have shot 44.5% from the field and 9th in defensive field goal percentage.
The Pacers have been one of the best bets in the NBA this season with a 25-19-2 record ATS on the year while Portland has struggled this season and is just 16-28-2 ATS on the year. Final score prediction, the Pacers continue their dominant run through the NBA winning and covering the spread.