Los Angeles Lakers at Indiana Pacers Pick
The Los Angeles Lakers will hit the road to take on the Indiana Pacers at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana for a cross-conference collision. The tip is scheduled for 7:00 PM ET and set to be broadcast on FSN. The Lakers have had the Pacers’ number as of late as they have won three of the last four contests overall. These two sides met once already this year in the City of Angels where the Lakers defeated the Pacers 104-96 to cover as a five-point favorite.
Los Angeles Lakers at Indiana Pacers Overview
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers step into this contest of the heels of a 115-101 loss on the road in Oakland against the reigning and defending NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors. The Lakers managed to secure a cover at the final bell with a significant lean by the betting public catapulting the Warriors to a 14.5-point favorite at the close.
The Pacers enter into this affair off their second consecutive win which was earned on the road yesterday in the Big Easy. The Pacers defeated the Pelicans 104-102 and failed to cover as a 3.5-point favorite as a result. This match is Indiana's first home game since embarking on a four-game road trip.
Reasons To Avoid Los Angeles
Though the Lakers bode the services of LeBron James, they remain a lowly team on the road this season with an 11-14 SU record outside of Los Angeles. Factoring in travel rust from traveling across two time zones and nearly 2,000 miles to play this game, the Lakers are in a position to let-down against a Pacers team eager to be home on their own floor.
Reasons To Back Indiana
The injury to star Shooting Guard Victor Oladpio undoubtedly put a huge dent in the ceiling of this franchise. However, the fact remains that the Pacers feature plenty of talent in their roles, including veteran shooter Tyreke Evans who will fill the void left by Oladipo. The Pacers also remain the second-best defensive team in the NBA giving up 103.7 points per game which will make them a tough out no matter what. Given the fact the Lakers own the 22nd ranked scoring defense giving up 112.1 points per game, this 8.4-point swing combined with home court advantage puts Indiana in position to not only cover here but pull a convincing upset.
Lakers at Pacers Prediction 02/05/2019
We’ll go ahead and trade away the bucket here and take the Pacers outright. The combination of home court and the situational match-up is enough to suggest that the Pacers are primed for the win. Thanks to LeBron James wearing a Lakers jersey, takers can take advantage of a friendly number because the Pacers would have been favored here under any other circumstance.
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