By Andy Popp
GAME 41: Blazers (24-20) vs Indian Pacers (16-23)
January 22, 7PM, CSN
Previous match-up(s): N/A
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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
The Blazers are interested in Anthony Randolph.
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.
NUMBER OF BACK TO BACKS THIS SEASON (IN SETS)
vs San Antonio
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.