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The Portland Trail Blazers return home to host the Indiana Pacers on Friday night after going 0-3 on a trip against three teams the Blazers were favored to defeat.

Portland is a three-point favorite over the Pacers (3-6), but don’t be fooled by their record.

Indiana began the season 1-5 while playing without guard Caris LeVert, who was down with a stress fracture in his back. He returned Saturday for the team’s 97-94 loss to Miami, with LeVert starting and playing 16 minutes and scoring 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

In the following two games, wins over San Antonio and the New York Knicks, LeVert averaged 18.5 points per contest. Clearly, the Pacers are a different team with LeVert in the lineup. He and point guard Malcolm Brogdon form one of the best backcourt tandems in the NBA and will provide a tough challenge for Portland’s Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.

Indiana coach Rick Carlisle told reporters recently that having Brogdon and LeVert are a tough matchup for opposing guards.

“Those guys create a problem because they both shoot the three well, they both attack the rim well, they both play the midrange game well,” Carlisle said.

Brogdon is averaging 22.3 points and seven assists per game, but his three-point shooting has been off. A career 38.2% shooter on threes, Brogdon is shooting 25% so far this season.

Indiana entered Thursday night ranked eighth in offensive rating (109) and 23rd in defensive rating (109.4).


Portland’s bench has been a strength much of the season, but Wednesday at the Cavaliers most of the reserves struggled. All five reserves had negative plus-minus ratings.

“That was the first time all year that the second unit wasn’t really good,” Portland coach Chauncey Billups said. “That happens sometimes.”

Anfernee Simons had a strong game, scoring 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting, while Cody Zeller put up seven points and five rebounds in 14 minutes. But Zeller had a plus-minus of minus-17 on the evening. Nassir Little played 11 minutes and went scoreless with zero rebounds. Larry Nance Jr. took just one shot in 21 minutes and went scoreless but did have five rebounds and two assists.

Tony Snell, being eased into the rotation after missing the team’s first six games with a sprained ankle, played just five minutes and didn’t record a statistic.

Billups in no way blamed the bench for the loss despite four of the starters finishing with plus in the plus-minus category.

“We shouldn’t have to go into games hoping that our second unit gets us the lead or pushes the lead up,” Billups said. “Our first unit has to be good. I’ve got no problem at all with those guys. I mean, they come in and play hard. It just wasn’t their night for the most part, especially in first half.”


What: Trail Blazers (3-5) at Pacers (3-6), 7 p.m. Friday.

Where: Moda Center.

Radio: Rip City Radio (KPOJ 620 AM).

TV channel: Root Sports (in Portland: Comcast 34/734, DirecTV 687).

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Moneyline: POR -160 | IND +140

Spread: POR -3 | Over/Under: 224
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