----- Oshae Brissett finished with 24 points and Justin Anderson had 18 points, six rebounds, and four assists as the Indiana Pacers routed the Portland Trail Blazers 129-98 Sunday afternoon at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
The Portland Trail Blazers have now dropped the first four games on their five-game East Coast road trip following their 129-98 defeat to the Pacers Sunday afternoon at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Oshae Brisset scored 24 points leading a Pacers attack with six players in double figures. Indiana (25-47) connected on 57.1% of their shots including 15-of-45 from beyond-the-arc.
The Blazers inexperience continues to be an issue on the current road trip. Portland (26-44) committed 18 turnovers leading to 24 points for the Pacers.
Josh Hart led Portland with 26 points on 11-of-13 shooting including 3-of-5 from three-point range. In his last five games, Hart is averaging 28.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists per game.
With the loss, Portland is now just two-games ahead of both the Kings and Pacers in the NBA Draft Lottery standings. The fifth-worst record is now a possibility which would give the Blazers a 10.5% chance of landing the top overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.
Up Next- The Trail Blazers will play the second of a back-to-back tomorrow afternoon in Detroit against the Pistons. The game is scheduled to tip off at 4:00 PM.
Chad's Take- 5th-worst record now a possibility. Time for the Blazers to shut Josh Hart down to close out the season.