Authored by NBA Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2014 Basketball game on Thursday December 4, 2014 at 10:00 pm EST.
The (7-11) Indiana Pacers of the Eastern Conference Central division will make the trip from Phoenix, where they played on Tuesday Night to “RIP CITY” to take on the (14-4) Portland Trailblazers of the Western Conference Northwest division in 2014 NBA action. The team will play at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter in Portland, Oregon. This Sports Handicapper believes it’s going to be a while before the Indiana Pacers start rolling; they’ve had injuries to core players at the start of the season but are getting healthy. The Portland Trailblazers are one of the hottest teams in the league and want to put as much distance from Oklahoma City as they can in the Northwest. The Opening betting line has Indiana as an eight-point road favorite Against The Spread, and the total is at 195′-points for Thursday Night’s game.
2014-15 Indiana Pacers have lost two in a row, both on the road and the latest an 116-99 setback at Phoenix December 2nd. The Pacers end this west coast journey on December 5th at Sacramento. Indiana is 14-6 their last twenty vs. Portland and the over is 11-1 their last twelve away from the Hoosier State. Indiana is 4-2 Against The Number their last six, going over the total five times and staying under twice their last six Free Winning NBA Expert Point Spread Predictions on the road. Cleveland has scored over 105 points in their last four and will need to continue to push and score. Indiana has forward David West back in the fold and we all know about the Paul George injury but the real problem has been at point guard where George Hill has not played this season due to a knee injury. Indiana must get better at the position until Hill returns, even then many expert feels he can’t carry the team to their desired level.
The 2014-15 Portland Trailblazers have won nine of ten straight up, their lone loss in the ten a 110-99 clunker at home vs. Memphis. Portland is scoring over 103 points per contest, right where they feel comfortable. Portland is 3-1-1 Against The Spread their last five at Moda going over just once in the five. The Trailblazers have covered the last three vs. Indiana and are 3-0-1 Against The Spread in their last 4 following a loss to the number. The key to a Portland win is to dictate the flow on the game, they don’t want to get into a slow down game with Indiana.
Free Pick: Indiana+8.