Preview: Portland Trail Blazers vs Indiana Pacers | Four Game Winning Streak

By Andy Popp

jeff-fosterGAME 41: Blazers (24-20) vs Indian Pacers (16-23)
January 22, 7PM, CSN
Previous match-up(s): N/A
Related: Trail Blazers Games, Schedule, and WIN Tickets

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The Blazers have won 4 in a row and are trying to make it 5 tonight against the Indina Pacers.

The Pacers' big man, Roy Hibbert, is probable for tonight's game. Which is tough for the Blazers, as the team does not have a center that can play (Sorry, Joel).

The Pacers' horse is Danny Granger, who averages 21.5 points per game. I like Nicolas Batum to slow him down a lot. There are not many backcourt players with enough size and speed to disrupt Grangers' game (Granger is 6' 8″).

The Nets on paper:
Starting five: Danny Granger, Tyler Hansbrough, Josh McRoberts, Darren Collison, Brandon Rush
Off the bench: Jeff Foster, Mike Dunleavy, A.J. Price, Paul George

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES
The Blazers are interested in Anthony Randolph.

STRATEGY
The Pacers' only strength is their rebounding, which is now a problem for the Blazers with Marcus Camby going down. The Blazers win this game on the defensive side of the ball. Stop Granger and the Pacers will go away quietly.

LET'S GET RICH
To date: 19-15-2.
Blazers -5. At home tonight after a day off. Blazers keep rolling.

TRADE ME
Rudy Fernandez

NUMBER OF BACK TO BACKS THIS SEASON (IN SETS)
11

NEXT 5
vs Sacramento
vs Boston
vs San Antonio
@ Denver
@ Indiana

BOTTOM LINE
Make it 5 in a row tonight and the Blazers are 5 games over .500 and looking a lot like a playoff team. Props to Nate McMillian for the job he's done next year. He will do well coaching the Lakers or Heat next season.

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One Response to Preview: Portland Trail Blazers vs Indiana Pacers | Four Game Winning Streak

  1. D January 22, 2011 at 16:07 #

    Andre gonna dap it up tonight!

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