Portland @ Indiana
Current Records: Portland 26-33; Indiana 34-24
What to Know
This Thursday, the Portland Trail Blazers are hoping to patch up the holes in a defense that has allowed an average of 115.34 points per matchup. They will square off against the Indiana Pacers at 8 p.m. ET Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Bragging rights belong to the Trail Blazers for now since they're up 8-1 across their past nine matchups.
The contest between Portland and the Boston Celtics on Tuesday was not a total blowout, but with Portland falling 118-106 at home, it was darn close to turning into one. Shooting guard Gary Trent Jr. wasn't much of a difference maker for Rip City and played for 29 minutes but put up just seven points on 3-for-10 shooting.
Meanwhile, Indiana took their game at home on Tuesday with ease, bagging a 119-80 win over the Charlotte Hornets. That looming 39-point mark stands out as the most commanding margin for Indiana yet this year. Their power forward Domantas Sabonis did his thing and almost dropped a triple-double on 21 points, 15 rebounds, and nine dimes. That's three consecutive double-doubles for Sabonis.
Portland isn't expected to pull this one out, but with the spread at only 9.5, it might come down to a lucky bounce or two. They have failed bettors playing the spread in their past five games, so buyers beware.
The Trail Blazers are now 26-33 while Indiana sits at 34-24. Indiana is 20-13 after wins this season, and Rip City is 16-16 after losses.
How To Watch
- When: Thursday at 8 p.m. ET
- Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse -- Indianapolis, Indiana
- TV: TNT
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $8.75
The Pacers are a big 9.5-point favorite against the Trail Blazers, according to the latest NBA odds.
Vegas was right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 9.5-point spread, and stayed right there.
Portland have won eight out of their last nine games against Indiana.
- Jan 26, 2020 - Portland 139 vs. Indiana 129
- Mar 18, 2019 - Portland 106 vs. Indiana 98
- Oct 29, 2018 - Portland 103 vs. Indiana 93
- Jan 18, 2018 - Portland 100 vs. Indiana 86
- Oct 20, 2017 - Portland 114 vs. Indiana 96
- Dec 10, 2016 - Indiana 118 vs. Portland 111
- Nov 30, 2016 - Portland 131 vs. Indiana 109
- Feb 28, 2016 - Portland 111 vs. Indiana 102
- Dec 03, 2015 - Portland 123 vs. Indiana 111