Tuesday’s NBA preview breaks down the feature game between the Indiana Pacers and Portland Trail Blazers, along with NBA tips for all other matches being played today.
13:30 (AEDT), Tue 19th Mar @ Moda Center
History: Played 89: Trail Blazers 55 V Pacers 34
Last meeting: October 29, 2018: Trail Blazers 103 d Pacers 93 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Final Thoughts: Fourth in the West hosts fourth in the East in a crucial encounter for both teams.
The 44-26 Indiana Pacers have been stuck in an inconsistent pattern over the past month, winning only four of their last 10.
The downed the Knicks and Thunder at home last week but were edged 102-100 by the Nuggets in Denver on the weekend. They have now lost five straight on the road, pegging their away record back to 17-17.
The 42-27 Portland Trail Blazers have won half of their eight games in March. After comprehensive wins over the Clippers and Pelicans, they ended a three-game road stand with a 108-103 loss to the Spurs.
But the Blazers are a dominant 25-9 at home this season and will be fizzing to play in Portland after playing 12 of their last 15 on the road.
CJ McCollum’s knee injury puts extra responsibility on Damian Lillard, though Seth Curry should revel in a rare starting opportunity for the Blazers.
The Trail Blazers have won eight of their last nine against the Pacers – including the last three by 10-plus points.
Portland prevailed 103-93 in Indianapolis during the early weeks of this season, with seven players racking up double-digit points tallies.
The Blazers’ recent form has been more impressive and they should be able to squeeze out a hard-fought victory at home.
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