Portland Blazers vs Indiana Pacers Prediction, 4/27/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Blazers vs Indiana Pacers
Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
TV: Bally Sports Indiana
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (-3.5)
The Indiana Pacers (29-31) play the Portland Blazers (32-28) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday. Portland opens this contest as 3.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 223.5.
The Portland Blazers faced off with the Memphis Grizzlies and took a loss by a score of 120-113 in their last contest. Portland finished having earned a 37.1% FG percentage (39 out of 105) and converted 14 of 38 three-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Blazers buried 21 of 25 tries for a percentage of 84.0%. When it comes to grabbing boards, they compiled 53 with 15 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 21 dimes in the matchup as well as forcing 15 turnovers and having 11 steals. When discussing defense, Portland allowed the other team to shoot 46.2% from the floor on 42 out of 91 shooting. Memphis distributed 22 assists and had 9 steals in the game. In addition, Memphis pulled down 54 rebounds (8 offensive, 46 defensive) and added 6 rejections. Memphis finished the game shooting 85.7% from the free throw line by burying 24 of 28 tries. They also knocked down 12 out of their 23 tries from 3-point land.
CJ McCollum is one player who was a major factor for the matchup. He scored 27 points on 10 of 21 shooting. He was on the court for 37:30 minutes and grabbed 2 rebounds. McCollum ended up shooting 47.6% from the floor and also recorded 3 assists. One more player that was a major contributor in the matchup for the Blazers was Damian Lillard. He grabbed 6 rebounds in his 36:31 min on the hardwood. He shot 29.6% from the floor in this game by going 8-of-27 (23 points). When this game wrapped up, Lillard collected 5 assists.
Portland comes into this game with a win-loss mark of 32-28 this year. They have an average of 114.4 pts per game (9th in basketball) while going 44.5% from the field. The Blazers are hitting 37.7% on shots beyond the perimeter (941 of 2,497) and 82.4% from the charity stripe. As a team, Portland is collecting 44.1 rebounds per game and has earned 1,240 assists this year, which is 30th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. They turn the ball over 11.3 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 19.1 fouls per game. On defense, the Blazers are able to force 12.7 turnovers per game while drawing 18.9 personal fouls. The Blazers defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 47.9% (759 of 1,132) and they relinquish 45.7 boards per contest as a group. They are ranked 18th in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,516 conceded on the year. They are surrendering 37.1% on 3-point shots and they are 25th in the NBA in opponents PPG (114.8).
The last time they took the court, the Indiana Pacers went home victorious with a score of 131-112 when they faced the Orlando Magic. The Pacers were able to corral 43 defensive boards and 5 offensive rebounds totaling 48 in this contest. They also coughed up the ball 13 times, while getting 3 steals for the game. The Magic committed 14 fouls for the contest which got the Pacers to the free throw line for 18 attempts. They were able to knock down 16 of the free throws for a rate of 88.9%. With regard to shooting from beyond the arc, Indiana converted 15 of their 32 attempts (46.9%). In all, the Pacers ended up going 50 for 91 from the field which gave them a rate of 54.9%. The Pacers permitted the Magic to bury 40 out of 101 attempts from the field which had them shooting 39.6% for this contest. They went 31.3% from distance by shooting 10 out of 32 and finished the game at 22 out of 28 from the charity stripe (78.6%). When discussing cleaning the glass, Indiana allowed Orlando to pull down 51 in all (15 on the offensive glass).
Malcolm Brogdon was important for the Pacers for this contest. He knocked down 10 of 17 in the game giving him a rate of 58.8%, and totaled 8 rebounds. Brogdon earned 24 points in his 29:32 minutes of playing time and totaled 9 assists in this contest. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Indiana was Edmond Sumner. He ended up with 2 dimes in 36:32 minutes on the court, and he converted 7 out of 13 from the floor. Sumner wrapped this one up going 53.8% from the field while also notching 21 points and 7 rebounds.
Indiana has a win-loss record of 29-31 for the year. On the offensive side of the court, the Pacers are hitting on 46.9% from the floor, which has them ranked 13th in basketball. Indiana has 6,839 pts so far this season (114.0 per contest) and they grab 42.5 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 26.8 times per game (8th in the league) and they are turning it over 13.5 times per contest. The Pacers are responsible for committing 20.3 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 78.7% from the free throw line. The Pacers on the defensive end are ranked 22nd in basketball in points allowed per game with 114.3. They are forcing 15.1 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 46.8% from the field (18th in the NBA). The Indiana defense allows 37.0% on shots from behind the 3-point line (692 of 1,872) and their opponents are making 78.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 25.8 dimes and 46.6 boards per game, which is 25th and 25th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Portland (-3.5)
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