Preview: Pacers vs Blazers

Preview: Pacers vs Blazers
January 23, 2013, 8:30 am
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The Portland Trail Blazers are looking to break this six-game skid and four-game home skid tonight against a defensive minded Indiana Pacers team that is sitting pretty with the third best record in the Eastern Conference.

Tonight's game will be the second and final meeting between these two teams after the Pacers (26-16) took the first one 99-92 back on Dec. 5 in Indiana. The positive stat is that the Trail Blazers (20-21) have defeated the Pacers three straight times at the Rose Garden.

After the game tonight, the Trail Blazers have a home-and-home matchup awaiting with the much-improved Los Angeles Clippers. This losing streak could not have come at a worse time.

It's just something that we have to get through,” Trail Blazers guard Ronnie Price said. “It's not going to get any easier for us at this points. We got a tough schedule ahead. We got to fight to get out of this one.”

The Pacers on Monday, defeated a tough Memphis Grizzles squad in Memphis 82-81 to begin their four-game road trip.

The All-Star to be out of Fresno State, Paul George, nearly had a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine assist. David West had a team-high 14 points.

In the first 12 games of the season, the Trail Blazers were 10-2 in games decided by six or fewer points. That successful trend has taken a 180. All six of the Trail Blazers losses during this steak have been within six or fewer points. According to Elias, the Trail Blazers are the first team in NBA history to play 10 straight games decided by six points or fewer in a single season.

This Trail Blazers team has shown that they are capable of winning big ball games when they aren't expected to. They have been able to compete and comeback from huge deficits. As of late, they haven't been able to get over that hump of coming out of the game victorious.

These next few weeks and even games, we'll really find out what this team is all about and we'll get a good read on if they are a playoff team or lottery bound team.

Damian Lillard is dealing with a sore right hamstring and didn't take part in practice yesterday. has been told that it isn't anything serious and he is expected to play tonight.

Tonight's game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet at 7 p.m. and on 1190/102.3 FM KEX radio.