NBA Odds: Pacers and Trail Blazers' Season Wins Outlook

Pacers' Paul George during a preseason game

Charles Stark

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 3:10 PM GMT

For today's NBA futures we are going to head to both conferences and take a look at the Indiana Pacers and Portland Trail Blazers. Indiana made interesting move hiring a new coach and Portland surprised everyone last season. Will these teams fare better or worse this year?

 

 

Portland Trail Blazers

Last season Portland won 44 games and gave Golden State all they wanted in the conference semi-finals. For a team that wasn't supposed to do very much progress, surprised the NBA by not only making the playoffs but coming very close to upsetting the Warriors. Damien Lillard has proved to be one of the best point guards in the NBA and head coach Terry Stotts has proved time and time again he can do a lot with a little. However, to believe they are going to be three games better than last season I think is a bit of a stretch I love McCollum and Lillard in the backcourt but the pickup of Evan Turner is not going to make them all that much better. In short, I think this team overachieved last season and I have a hard time believing they're going to repeat the same performance in the Western Conference. No doubt they have a legitimate shot to make the playoffs and possibly make some noise but I believe the safer NBA pick is probably taking the under.

 

Free NBA Pick: Under 45.5
Best Line Offered: at Paddy Power

 

Indiana Pacers

Last season Indiana won 45 games but lost in a very hard fought series versus Toronto that went seven games in the postseason. I don't know if getting rid of head coach Frank Vogel was the right move but they did pick up a very good coach in my opinion in Nate McMillan. I was so impressed with how Vogel last season changed the Pacers from being a slow-paced lockdown defensive team to moving to an up-tempo spread the floor team, that was one of the more unheralded coaching jobs of last year. I like some of the talents they picked up with Jeff Teague and Thaddeus Young but what of course makes them tick is the play of Paul George. If George stays healthy and McMillan can get back into the swing of being a head coach the learning curve will probably be short for the Pacers. Al Jefferson is also another quiet pick up who can add some points here and there. I'm a little bit surprised at this line being set lower than their wins last year as it doesn't seem like this team is going to change all that much even with a different coach. No way they get to this many wins if they're playing in the Western Conference, but because they are in the East I believe they can go over this total.

 

Free NBA Pick: Over 44.5
Best Line Offered: at Paddy Power

 

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