With souvenir Ws from Phoenix and Utah packed away, the Pacers face a tougher road challenge against the Blazers. Portland rolled past the Pacers, 114-96 in the second game of the season. Like tonight, Myles Turner was missing and while Jusuf Nurkic didn't have a monster game the first time around, his size and ability will create problems for the Pacers thin front court.
C.J. McCollum lit up the Pacers for 28 points while Victor Oladipo had his worst shooting night of the season. Vic has exploded to raise his game several levels and he will need to do so again, by not simply neutrallizing McCollum's impact but actually winning that matchup. Then the Pacers just have to worry about Damian Lillard...yeah.
Domas Sabonis will need to avoid foul trouble against Nurkic as he returns to Portland where he was born and where his dad Arvydas remains a local legend.
Great matchup and a great test for the Pacers as they face the Blazers with an opportunity to really put together an impressive road trip.
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Pacers (24-20) at Blazers (23-21) - 10:00 PM EDT at Moda Center
TV: FOX Sports Indiana
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected starting lineups
Pacers: Darren Collison (PG), Lance Stephenson (SG), Bojan Bogdanovic (SF), Thaddeus Young (PF), Domantas Sabonis (C)
Blazers: Damian Lillard (PG), CJ McCollum (SG) Evan Turner (SF), Al-Farouq Aminu (PF), Jusuf Nurkic (C)