Indiana Pacers vs Portland Blazers Prediction, 1/14/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Indiana Pacers vs Portland Blazers
Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
TV: NBC Sports Northwest
Odds/Point Spread: Indiana (+1.5)
The Indiana Pacers (7-4) go to Moda Center on Thursday where they'll meet the Portland Blazers (6-4). The spread on this contest has Portland as 1.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 230.
The Indiana Pacers faced off with the Golden State Warriors and went home with a win by a final score of 104-95 in their last contest. Indiana wrapped up the game with a 44.3% FG percentage (39 out of 88) and converted 9 of their 28 3-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Pacers made 17 of 25 tries for a rate of 68.0%. Regarding pulling down rebounds, they earned 50 with 10 of them being offensive. They also recorded 26 assists in the matchup while earning 9 steals and 8 rejections. Pertaining to the defense, Indiana allowed 38.6% from the field on 34 of 88 shooting. Golden State earned 25 dimes and had 8 steals for the contest. In addition, the Warriors pulled down 46 rebounds (10 offensive, 36 defensive) and added 8 rejections. Golden State walked away from this one shooting 63.6% from the free throw line by knocking down 14 of 22 tries. They also buried 13 out of their 38 attempts from long range.
Myles Turner is one guy who had an impact for the game. He walked away with 22 points on 7 of 11 shooting. He was on the court for 41:33 mins played and also totaled 12 boards. Turner walked away from this one shooting 63.6% from the floor and recorded 2 assists. One more player that was a factor in the matchup for the Pacers was Domantas Sabonis. He snagged 14 boards and also totaled 6 dimes. He shot 46.7% from the field for this game by shooting 7-of-15 (18 points). Overall, Sabonis saw the court for 36:36 minutes.
Indiana will enter this matchup with a win-loss mark of 7-4 for the campaign. They average 114.6 pts per game (8th in basketball) while going 48.4% from the field. The Pacers are connecting on 36.1% on shots from beyond the arc (133 of 368) and 74.9% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Indiana is pulling down 42.5 rebounds per game and has totaled 290 assists this year, which ranks 7th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.5 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 22.1 personal fouls per game. When they are on the defensive end, the Pacers are forcing their opponents into 15.8 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.2 fouls. The Pacers defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 46.6% (174 of 211) and they surrender 44.0 boards per game as a team. They currently rank 18th in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 267 surrendered for the campaign. They are giving up 39.7% from 3-point land while they are 12th in basketball in PPG allowed (110.1).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Portland Blazers took home the win by a final score of 112-111 when they faced the Toronto Raptors. The Blazers were able to collect 34 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 42 in the matchup. They blocked 6 attempts while getting 9 steals for the game. The Raptors were called for 22 personal fouls in this game which took the Blazers to the charity stripe for a total of 25 shots. They were able to convert 22 of them for a clip of 88.0%. In reference to 3-pointers, Portland converted 14 out of 42 attempts (33.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Blazers finished 38 out of 83 from the field which had them at 45.8%. The Blazers allowed the Raptors to convert 40 of 89 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 44.9% in this game. They went 40.4% from distance by shooting 19 out of 47 and finished the game at 12 out of 12 at the free throw line (100.0%). In regard to cleaning up the glass, Portland allowed Toronto to get 43 overall (7 offensive).
CJ McCollum was important for the Blazers for the matchup. He made 10 of 19 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 52.6%, which gave him 30 points. McCollum grabbed 6 rebounds in his 38:59 mins of time on the hardwood and tallied 5 assists in this contest. One more player that was pivotal for Portland was Damian Lillard. He finished with 23 points in his 40:04 mins played by going 8 of 16 shooting in this contest. Lillard wrapped this one up going 50.0% from the floor in addition to collecting 5 assists and 7 total rebounds.
Portland has a mark of 6-4 for the campaign. The Blazers commit 20.5 personal fouls per game while shooting 80.0% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 22.2 times per contest (27th in basketball) and they cough up possession 11.8 times per contest. Portland has scored 1,173 pts this year (117.3 per contest) and they pull in 44.4 boards per contest. On the offensive side of the court, the Blazers are shooting 44.6% from the field, which has them ranked 21st in the NBA. The Blazers on the defensive end are ranked 25th in the league in points per game surrendered with 115.4. They concede 24.2 assists and 47.6 rebounds every game, which is ranked 13th and 25th in basketball. The Portland defense gives up 35.7% from downtown (135 of 378) and their opponents are knocking down 79.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing 14.4 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 46.2% from the floor (17th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Indiana (+1.5)
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