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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Indiana Pacers - 3/18/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Indiana Pacers at Portland Trail Blazers
Date & Time Monday March 18, 2019, 10:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Moda Center
Portland, OR
The Line
The Line: Portland -3.5 -- Over/Under 213.5
TV Channel
ESPN, FSIN, NSNW
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The Indiana Pacers pay a visit to the Portland Trailblazers at the Moda Center on Monday night.

The Indiana Pacers have been in a bit of a rut lately as they’ve lost six of their past 10 games and they will be looking to bounce back after having their two-game win streak halted by the Nuggets in a 102-100 road loss on Saturday. Thaddeus Young led the team with 18 points and 10 rebounds, Darren Collison added 17 points while Bojan Bogdanovic and Domantas Sabonis each scored 16 points. As a team, the Pacers shot 45 percent from the field and just six of 24 from the 3-point line as they stormed out of the gates to lead by as many as 18 points midway through the second quarter only to see the Nuggets rally back to take the lead in the third quarter, before stealing the game on a clutch shot from Paul Millsap with just seven seconds remaining. With the loss, Indiana fell to 44-26 overall and 17-17 on the road.    

Meanwhile, the Portland Trailblazers have been in great form as they’ve won nine of their last 13 games and they will be looking to bounce back after having their three-game win streak stopped by the Spurs in a 108-103 road loss on Saturday. Damian Lillard led the team with 34 points and five assists, Jusuf Nurkic added 24 points with 16 rebounds and four assists while CJ McCollum chipped in with just 10 points and five assists. As a team, the Trailblazers shot just 41 percent from the field and seven of 28 from the 3-point line as they hung with the red-hot Spurs for most of the game until the fourth quarter where they were outscored by 36-27 as they struggled without their second leading scorer in McCollum who played just 22 minutes who left the game with a left leg injury. With the loss, Portland fell to 42-27 overall and 17-18 on the road.  

Looking at the betting trends, the Pacers are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games, 23-11 ATS in their last 34 games following a loss and 2-7 ATS in their last nine games against a team above .600.  The Trailblazers are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games against a team with a winning record, 38-18 ATS in their last 56 home games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall.

Head to head, the Pacers are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in Portland and the Pacers are 1-7 ATS in the last eight meetings overall.

The Pacers have been playing surprisingly well to keep their heads above water, so it wouldn’t be a major shock if they pulled off the upset here. However, the Trailblazers were playing some of their best basketball of the season before falling just short against the red-hot Spurs on the road on Saturday. The Pacers are just 1-7 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and I think that trend continues as the Trailblazers stay hot with a narrow win and cover here.

 

Pick:
Portland -3.5
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