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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 12/5/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore




PORTLAND (8 - 10) at INDIANA (9 - 9)
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Wednesday, 12/5/2012 7:05 PM
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PORTLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games8-10-2.37-109-898.747.243.8%48.9102.351.348.2%50.8
Road Games4-7-2.84-74-695.545.241.6%51.9101.850.148.0%50.7
Last 5 Games2-3-1.72-33-299.444.642.0%51.8103.451.047.0%52.0
PORTLAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)98.747.236-8343.8%8-2336.5%17-2374.2%491220209155
vs opponents surrendering97.648.837-8344.5%7-2035.5%17-2375.4%511222218156
Team Stats (Road Games)95.545.235-8441.6%8-2434.6%17-2375.8%521320208155
Stats Against (All Games)102.351.339-8048.2%7-1836.3%18-2377.7%511022219164
vs opponents averaging97.849.336-8244.5%7-2035.3%18-2475.3%511122208155
Stats Against (Road Games)101.850.140-8248.0%7-1938.5%16-2175.7%511023199145

INDIANA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games9-9-2.69-97-1190.343.441.1%
Home Games4-2-1.53-33-397.047.341.1%60.591.846.840.9%51.7
Last 5 Games3-2+3.63-23-289.042.840.7%53.090.441.842.1%53.0
INDIANA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)90.343.434-8241.1%6-1932.7%17-2372.5%561319196157
vs opponents surrendering97.74936-8244.4%7-2035.3%18-2375.8%521222208156
Team Stats (Home Games)97.047.336-8741.1%7-1939.3%18-2670.5%601620187128
Stats Against (All Games)91.145.134-8340.6%6-1832.4%18-2279.4%521119218125
vs opponents averaging96.448.436-8244.1%7-2035.2%17-2275.2%511121218145
Stats Against (Home Games)91.846.835-8540.9%6-1634.7%17-2084.2%521018236125
Average power rating of opponents played: PORTLAND 95.1,  INDIANA 95.2
PORTLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/31/2012LA LAKERS116-106W2W192O42-8350.6%361236-7250.0%5224
11/2/2012@ OKLAHOMA CITY92-106L8.5L205U32-8936.0%561139-7651.3%5212
11/3/2012@ HOUSTON95-85W5.5W206.5U39-9341.9%621634-9635.4%6518
11/5/2012@ DALLAS91-114L4L198.5O36-9338.7%531348-7861.5%439
11/8/2012LA CLIPPERS90-103L0L202U32-7542.7%411341-7753.2%5613
11/10/2012SAN ANTONIO109-112L2.5L197O42-8947.2%441540-7057.1%4321
11/13/2012@ SACRAMENTO103-86W2W197U35-7248.6%501536-7746.8%3713
11/21/2012@ PHOENIX87-114L2.5L201P31-7740.3%462046-7759.7%4013
11/25/2012@ BROOKLYN85-98L7.5L193.5U34-7843.6%451639-9242.4%6112
11/26/2012@ DETROIT101-108L-1L193O36-8542.4%481142-8052.5%5416
11/28/2012@ WASHINGTON82-84L-3L193.5U30-8634.9%541131-7143.7%5016
11/30/2012@ BOSTON78-96L4.5L192.5U24-6934.8%502136-7349.3%4419
12/1/2012@ CLEVELAND118-117W1.5W192.5O46-9448.9%491443-9943.4%6316
12/3/2012@ CHARLOTTE118-112W1.5W191.5O43-9246.7%581341-8846.6%4915
12/5/2012@ INDIANA              
12/13/2012SAN ANTONIO              
12/16/2012NEW ORLEANS              

INDIANA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/31/2012@ TORONTO90-88W-1.5W190U37-7847.4%531833-9136.3%5410
11/2/2012@ CHARLOTTE89-90L-6.5L182.5U33-8339.8%711731-8536.5%4710
11/5/2012@ SAN ANTONIO79-101L8.5L193.5U27-7934.2%551941-8747.1%488
11/7/2012@ ATLANTA86-89L4W191.5U35-8541.2%461538-8743.7%6017
11/9/2012@ MINNESOTA94-96L1.5L183O37-8444.0%441335-7050.0%4412
11/14/2012@ MILWAUKEE85-99L4.5L189.5U30-8037.5%651938-9141.8%546
11/18/2012@ NEW YORK76-88L7L185.5U28-7139.4%541933-9036.7%568
11/19/2012@ WASHINGTON96-89W-3W180O34-7048.6%542031-8735.6%5010
11/21/2012NEW ORLEANS115-107W-7.5W181O40-9243.5%61839-9242.4%569
11/23/2012SAN ANTONIO97-104L4.5L190.5O38-9241.3%581341-8349.4%4710
11/27/2012@ LA LAKERS79-77W8.5W196U29-7936.7%621724-7631.6%7019
11/30/2012@ SACRAMENTO97-92W-1.5W187O37-8543.5%49932-7542.7%5012
12/1/2012@ GOLDEN STATE92-103L5L188.5O34-7445.9%421638-8047.5%4517
12/4/2012@ CHICAGO80-76W4W180.5U29-8036.2%541228-7338.4%5319
12/9/2012@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
12/15/2012@ DETROIT              
12/18/2012@ MILWAUKEE              
12/21/2012@ CLEVELAND              
PORTLAND: GUARDS: Portland will turn point guard duties over to rookie DAMIAN LILLARD. The leap from Big Sky Conference to NBA will be a big one, but Lillard is an efficient scorer who can manage the offense . . . WESLEY MATTHEWS is more of a glue guy. He can't create his own offense, but he can heat up as a streaky catch-and-shoot guy . . . RONNIE PRICE should emerge as Lillard's top backup, a role he's filled at numerous stops . . . Second-rounder WILL BARTON could emerge as a rotation player. He's a versatile wing who must prove he can play off the ball . . . SASHA PAVLOVIC will play both the two and three, and can still stroke it from long distance . . . NOLAN SMITH, a misstep of the last regime, is a fringe roster player . . . ELLIOT WILLIAMS, a defensive-minded combo guard, tore his Achilles in mid-September and expects to miss the entire season. FORWARDS: LaMARCUS ALDRIDGE had a couple of health scares over the past six months, but he should enter the season 100 percent. He's clearly Portland's best player . . . NICOLAS BATUM felt rightly disrespected by his secondary role in Portland. All signs point to a bigger role in 2012-13 . . . VICTOR CLAVER is an athletic scrapper who won't do much offensively even if he does get big minutes . . . JOEL FREELAND could become their first big man off the bench . . . JARED JEFFRIES is still relevant as a defensive specialist . . . The highlight of LUKE BABBITT's career might be that mention on Onion:Sportsdome. CENTERS: J.J. HICKSON is a black hole on offense and a liability on defense, but he can score and rebound, which is good enough to be the starting center in Portland's weak frontcourt . . . MEYERS LEONARD might not be quite ready for 30-plus minutes, but he'll have to learn on the fly due to Portland's lack of veteran bigs. He has some long-term upside as a 7-footer with some nice athleticism and touch inside 10 feet.
INDIANA: GUARDS: The Pacers went 7-2 during the regular season and won a playoff series with GEORGE HILL in the starting five. He averaged 13.9 PPG and 5.3 APG in those regular season starts . . . PAUL GEORGE is a defensive stopper who is making strides on the offensive end. If he can find the touches, his scoring average will rise . . . D.J. AUGUSTIN has a skill set similar to Hill's. Maybe he'll push him for minutes later in the year, but more likely he'll shoot corner threes off the bench . . . GERALD GREEN is another athlete for their second unit . . . LANCE STEPHENSON has a chance for a bigger role, but he's been atrocious to this point of his career. FORWARDS: DANNY GRANGER's touches dropped last season, but his shot selection improved as last year went on. He'll continue to be a borderline All-Star . . . DAVID WEST's knee should be fully recovered from his torn ACL in late 2010-11. He was their best player in the postseason and should be a star this season with his ability to knock down shots . . . TYLER HANSBROUGH looks like he's settling in as a career second unit player. His lack of athleticism really limits his upside . . . JEFF PENDERGRAPH may or may not hold on to a roster spot in a 12th-man role. CENTERS: They're paying ROY HIBBERT like a franchise player, and he has the ability to control both ends of the court. The question is whether they'll now play him 30-plus minutes, or continue to use him as more of a part-time player . . . IAN MAHINMI should step in as a decent backup center . . . Rookie MILES PLUMLEE was a part-time player at Duke and is highly unlikely to contribute in his first season.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (PORTLAND-INDIANA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Trail Blazers-Pacers Preview* ==============================


Portland (8-10) at Indiana (8-9), 7:00 p.m. EDT

The Portland Trail Blazers' bench has helped the team pick up its scoring - and get back into the win column - after a rough start to their longest trip of the season.

Ending that stretch with another strong effort could be asking a lot with the defensive-minded Indiana Pacers up next.

Portland looks to close out its seven-game trip with a third consecutive victory Wednesday night when Indiana returns home from its own successful road stretch.

The Blazers' reserves are averaging a league-low 14.8 points, and they totaled 57 as the team averaged 86.5 points on the first four games of its trip.

Portland's bench, though, is coming off its two best offensive games of the season. Two days after totaling 29 points in an 118-117 double-overtime victory over Cleveland, Luke Babbitt had nine of the bench's 31 points in Monday's 118-112 overtime win over Charlotte.

Babbitt made three 3-pointers, including a game-tying shot with 22 seconds left in the fourth period that capped Portland's rally from 18 down in that period.

"Luke was big," forward LaMarcus Aldridge said after the Blazers won two straight road games for the first time since seven consecutive victories spanning Feb. 5-March 8, 2011. "He played solid on defense and he was big for us. They were doubling the block so coach (Terry Stotts) wanted to put a shooter out there. You can't leave Luke out there open. He opened up the floor for us."

While the Pacers (9-9) should be aware of Babbitt setting up from beyond the arc, they should probably be more concerned about Nicolas Batum, Wesley Matthews and rookie Damian Lillard. They're a combined 39 for 113 from beyond the arc on the trip, and their 130 3s this season are more than 19 teams.

Indiana, though, is holding teams to 32.4 percent from long range, and it is among the league leaders in scoring defense (91.1 ppg) and field goal defense (40.6 percent). With Danny Granger likely out another two months with a left knee injury, the Pacers likely have to keep leaning on their defense since they're one of the lowest-scoring teams in the NBA with 90.3 points per game.

Paul George is coming off a season-best 34-point performance in Tuesday's 80-76 win over Chicago, but the Pacers' shooting percentage (36.3) was their worst in a victory since hitting 34.9 percent in an 81-76 win over Houston on Dec. 26, 2006.

Center Roy Hibbert posted his first double-double in four games on Tuesday with 10 points and 11 boards, but it was his block of Luol Deng in the final seconds of regulation that helped Indiana return home at .500 and complete a four-game road swing with three wins.

"That's my staple," said Hibbert, who has at least two blocks in each of the last 12 games. "If my offense isn't going, I always have to play defense."

That's going to be key against Aldridge, who is averaging 23.6 points and 9.4 rebounds since missing the Blazers' first game of the trip - a 98-85 loss to Brooklyn on Nov. 25 - with a stiff back.

Aldridge led the Blazers with 17 points in their last game versus Indiana, a 92-75 road loss on March 13. Portland was held to a season-low 20 field goals in that contest, and its five assists were an NBA low in 2011-12.

Indiana has won two straight in this series after dropping the previous five.

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