The Portland Trail Blazers host the Los Angeles Clippers at the Moda Center this Friday. We expect another high-intensity game from two of the best offensive teams in the league.
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Pacers vs. Nets Game Information
keeping it loose at Friday shootaround pic.twitter.com/ToerEbYmhW— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) October 29, 2021
- When: Friday, October 29, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
- Where: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
- TV: NBA TV
- Radio: 710 ESPNLA (Clippers) / Rip City Radio 620 AM (Blazers)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Los Angeles Clippers (+2.5) / Portland Trail Blazers (-2.5)
Why Bet on the Indiana Pacers?
It appears that the Pacers have not figured out the season just yet, as they are 1-4 after five games. Their only win to date was a 102-91 overtime home victory over the Miami Heat on Oct. 23, which has since been followed by two losses to the Milwaukee Bucks (119-109 at home) and the Toronto Raptors (118-110 on the road). That being said, the Pacers seem to be better than their record suggests; Indiana lost the first two games of the season by a mere total of two points.
Normally, facing a stacked team like Brooklyn after back-to-back losses is seen as an unenviable position to be in, but the Pacers could be catching the Nets at the perfect time, with the latter not living up to high expectations so far. As a team, the Pacers should be able to keep up offensively with the Nets.
For one, Indiana has scored at least 100 points in each game it’s played this season. One concern for Indiana, though, is its backcourt that won’t have Malcolm Brogdon. With the former Virginia Cavaliers star out, TJ McConnell likely will get a start. While it’s a downgrade, McConnell is still a serviceable guard who’s contributing 11.1 points, 7.5 assists, and 1.0 steal per 36 minutes.
Why Bet on the Brooklyn Nets?
Although the Nets are off to a slow start, a team with Kevin Durant and James Harden will always be a threat. While it looks like Brooklyn is missing Kyrie Irving, the Nets should be fine sooner than later, and a matchup against a one-win Indiana team could get it going again. Brooklyn is coming off a 106-93 home loss to the Miami Heat last Wednesday, a game where Durant dropped 25 points to go with 11 rebounds.
Harden had 14 points, but it took him 12 shots from the field to get there. With Brogdon out for Friday’s game, Harden’s eye should light up the moment he sees a slimmer backcourt for Indiana. In any case, the Nets have Durant, who continues to do Kevin Durant things on the court.
On the season, KD is putting up 29.8 points on 54.8 shooting from the field. Durant’s ability to play anywhere on the floor should open up driving lanes and spots behind the arc for the Nets, who are making 12.4 triples per game. Also, note that the Raptors went 14 of 30 from the 3-point area in their win over Indiana.
Pacers vs. Nets Betting Trends
- The Pacers are 19-7-2 ATS in their last 28 road games against a team with a losing record.
- The Pacers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games in Brooklyn.
- The total has gone OVER in 8 of Indiana’s last 10 games.
- The Nets are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games at home against a team with a losing record.
- The Nets are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 home games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Brooklyn’s last 5 games.
Pacers vs. Nets Expert Betting Prediction
Brogdon’s absence will definitely be felt on both ends of the floor by the Pacers, but the duo of Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner can compensate for that. The Pacers have the muscle to dominate Brooklyn at the post. Five years ago, LaMarcus Aldridge and Paul Millsap were terrific frontcourt assets. This time, they’re nothing more than bench ornaments. They can give the Nets throwback performances once in a while, but it won’t come against Sabonis and Turner. All that being said, sometimes, all a team needs to win and cover is Kevin Durant.
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