Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum will be looking to lead the Blazers to a much-needed victory on Tuesday after losing five straight. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)
- Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers visit Indiana on Tuesday, April 27th
- Portland will be looking to end a five-game losing skid
- Get the odds, preview, and pick for this contest below
The Portland Trail Blazers and Indiana Pacers face off on Tuesday, April 27th, tip-off at 7pm ET at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Blazers are coming off back-to-back losses to the Grizzlies, who are currently just half a game behind them in the West. Indy meanwhile, is starting to find a bit of a rhythm as the playoff race heats up, winning three straight.
The Pacers rolled Portland in their first meeting of the season, winning 111-87 back in mid-January.
Trail Blazers vs Pacers Odds
|Team||Spread at FanDuel||Moneyline||Odds|
|Portland Trail Blazers||-4 (-110)||-174||Ov 226.5 (-110)|
|Indiana Pacers||+4 (-110)||+146||Un 226.5 (-110)|
Odds as of April 26th.
Crunch Time for Portland
The Blazers are still very much in the playoff conversation in seventh place, but their recent five-game losing skid is slowly catching up to them. Aside from Memphis, who is right on Portland’s heels, the Warriors and Spurs are just a game-and-a-half behind Terry Stotts’ team in ninth and 10th spot, respectively.
If the Trail Blazers don’t break out of their cold streak soon, they could find themselves in the play-in, rather than chasing down Dallas for that sixth and guaranteed spot. Starting with this Pacers contest, Damian Lillard and co. embark on a tough road trip. Portland plays the Nets, Celtics, and Hawks in the next week.
On a more positive note, though: three of these five losses were very close games. The Blazers lost to the Clippers and Nuggets by one and then by only two points to the Grizzlies last Friday.
Up for the challenge. #RipCity pic.twitter.com/w9T8awbRq4
— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) April 25, 2021
Considering that Portland has gone just 2-9 in their last 11 appearances, one would think it’s only a matter of time until they figure things out. The Memphis defeat on Sunday was promising at times as the squad showed real fight in the fourth quarter, cutting a 16-point deficit to 94-92 with just over 10 minutes left. But the Blazers then went ice cold, allowing their opponents to go on a 10-0 run. A late comeback got them within three, but a handful of Ja Morant free-throws sealed the deal.
Unfortunately, Portland has ended up on the losing end in some hard-fought contests. It’s not like they’re being blown out of the water. The Trail Blazers are also 16-12 on the road this season, which is a promising sign heading into Indy on Tuesday.
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Pacers Are Rolling
It hasn’t been the greatest season for the Pacers as they currently occupy ninth place in a tight Eastern Conference. But their recent run is a reason for optimism. However, Indiana did beat three of the league’s worst teams in OKC, Detroit, and Orlando.
Nevertheless, it will give Nate Bjorkgren’s squad some much-needed momentum for these next two games. Despite Portland’s struggles lately, they’re no pushover. Then on Thursday, the Nets come to town.
Sunday’s 19-point win over the Magic was without arguably their best player in Domantas Sabonis, who is out for Tuesday’s game as well due to back soreness. The Lithuanian has been sidelined for over a week, but the likes of Malcolm Brogdon and Caris LeVert have picked up the offensive slack.
Brogdon had 24 on Sunday, while LeVert dropped 18. In fact, the team had seven players register double-digit scoring nights. They were lethal on the fast break, outscoring Orlando 27-6. Indy also had a hot hand from three-point range, shooting 47%. Justin Holiday led the way from downtown, draining six attempts.
getting hot at the right time 🔥@MalcolmBrogdon7: 24p/9a/8r@EdmondSumner: 21p/7r@JustHolla7: 20p/7r@CarisLeVert: 18p/6a@dougmcdermott: 16p/4r@Obrissy: 13p/8r
JaKarr: 11p/5r@TJMcConnell: 7a/3r pic.twitter.com/0OLc9KbSUV
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) April 26, 2021
The Pacers have struggled at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse though, compiling a poor 11-17 record. Coming off an all-around effort from the entire rotation, however, Indiana will be looking to take advantage of Portland.
The Blazers are playing well away from the Moda Center and these last few losses have been very tight. As I said earlier, it was just a matter of a couple of bad possessions that ultimately changed the outcome.
Indiana meanwhile, are a dreadful 8-20 ATS at home. The Blazers are a much better team than the Pacers and they’re going to be salivating for a victory here because their playoff fate is on the line.
I fully expect Lillard and McCollum to lead their team to a crucial win here.
Pick: Portland Trail Blazers ML (-174)
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Quinn Allen is a sports journalist, with a background and education in broadcast journalism (BCIT ’17). He writes about European Football, Basketball, and Baseball for numerous sites across the globe.