Los Angeles Lakers vs Indiana Pacers NBA Odds and Predictions
The Indiana Pacers is set to face a massive challenge in Los Angeles Lakers in an interesting regular season game. The Indiana Pacers have found themselves in a hole after a good run in the initial part of the season.
On the other hand, Los Angeles Lakers who are the reigning champions needs a bit of scrutiny and lot of change in strategy to stay in the top.
The visitors would be looking to put behind their previous dismal performance against quality oppositions, with the hosts who are the hot favorites have a good opportunity to get back to winning ways.
The Lakers look clear favorites for tonight’s clash against the Indiana Pacers. The latest Los Angeles Lakers vs Indiana Pacers NBA Odds and Predictions Lakers over 30% ahead of Pacers.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Indiana Pacers NBA Odds and Predictions: Recent form
Looking at the Pacers’ campaign, they dispatched teams like Knicks, Bulls and Celtics quite comfortably. But a loss against Celtics in the 4th game kept their journey in check. They once again managed to string a couple of important victories before boarding the loss train in January.
It was kind of mixed result for them from then on as they failed to break into the top 5. In their last outing against Bucks, they had to gobble up their 19th defeat of the season. This meant that they were stuck in 10th place with a blemished record in the season.
The reigning champions who were underwhelming in certain patches seems to have hit a roadblock yet again as they are stuck in the 3rd spot in the Western Conference. Despite being an intrepid side in the tournament, they have failed to make it to the top of the table.
They have lost the last 7 games against teams like Kings, Suns, Jazz and Wizards that put them behind Suns in the table. With an important encounter in their radar, they would be looking to grab their 25th win of the season on Friday night.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Indiana Pacers NBA Odds and Predictions: Head-to-head:
Regular season (92 games): Pacers – 32 wins, Lakers – 60 wins.
Playoffs played: Pacers – 32 wins, Lakers – 60 wins.
Previous meeting: Pacers won 116-111 on 8th August 2020 in a regular season fixture.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Indiana Pacers NBA Odds and Predictions: Players to watch out
Even though James wasn’t available for the previous clash, the small forward is expected to return for this game. The NBA star has averaged 25.8 points this season.
Dennis Schroder has been one of the better guards for the side with an efficiency rating of 13.15. He was the top scorer against Kings with 28 points and 9 points in the absence of James.
Montrezl Harrell was the sparkle in the middle after he scored 26 points and 12 rebounds in his last outing.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who plays as the shooting guard has a field goal percentage of 43.8 and a free throw percentage of 84.8. He is expected to fare better than 8.7 points per game this season.
Malcolm Brogdon who has played as the guard has loads of experience in NBA with an average of 21.2 points and 6.2 assists in this season. In his last game, he contributed with 10 points along with 6 assists.
Domantas Sabonis, who is the forward, has a field goal percentage of 55.9 while the shooting guard Justin Holiday who is rated highly has come up with 11.7 points per game and is an asset to the side.
Myles Turner who is the small forward brings the power and versatility to the center with a free throw percentage of 77.8% and a field goal percentage of 48.4% along with 3.4 blocks on an average.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Indiana Pacers NBA Odds and Predictions: Predicted Winner
The Los Angeles Lakers are currently steamrolling in the Western conference whereas the Indiana Pacers are precarious about their chances in the post season. Zooming in on this particular clash, it is clear that the Lakers are the frontrunners with a 64% chance whereas the Pacers need a special effort, says FiveThirtyEight.
According to Oddschecker and SMarkets, the Pacers are the eleventh favorites in this season while the Los Angeles Lakers are still the no.1 contenders to lift the NBA title after dominating the proceedings in the regular season.