The Portland Trail Blazers have been stone cold of late, winning just five of their last 10. They’re also struggling offensively, not the best formula as they head into their visit to the Indiana Pacers on Friday.
Portland – who are 3.10 for victory - have averaged just 91.8 points over their last five games, and it’s been their bench which has flopped, adding a league-low 13.8 per night during that stretch, almost ten less than closest rival Houston.
They’re also shooting poorly, which should be meat and drink for Indiana who also hold opposing reserves to a league-worst 26.9 at home and entire opponents to 84.8 during their 23-2 spell in their own building.
The Pacers are -5.5 on the handicap at 1.85 but although they’ve won three straight, they’ve also only scored over 100 points once in their last six and that was against the lowly Lakers.
If the Blazers get hot again, they can match Indiana. But more likely, expect scoring to be a premium with a great value punt on going under 184.5 total points at 3.90.
Kevin Love’s status for the Minnesota Timberwolves is uncertain for their trip to New Orleans, with his team dropping to 0-2 without him this season in their Wednesday loss to Oklahoma City.
If he’s out, that should make it easy pickings for Anthony Davis who has put up 23.1 points and 11.2 rebounds over his last 10 games, and for New Orleans to avenge their two previous losses to Minnesota this term.
Best bet: Go 184.5 total points in Indiana-Portland at 3.90