The Los Angeles Lakers (-7) and Indiana Pacers (+7) tipoff at the HP Field House in Orlando at 6:00 pm EST Saturday. The game is on TNT and you can find all the key sports betting info by visiting our sportsbook. Let’s preview the current betting trends leading up to this matchup and the stats behind the story.
The Pacers (42-27) have done well since Bubble play began, going 3-1 so far despite the loss of their All-Star PF Domantas Sabonis to a foot injury. The mystique seems to be fading for Indiana though, as they were drubbed by another surprisingly successful relaunch team, the Phoenix Suns (30-39), 114-99. Overall, the Pacers are averaging 114.25 PPG in Orlando, while allowing 111 PPG.
The Lakers (51-17) are a shell of their former selves since the NBA relaunch started in Orlando, posting a shabby record of 2-3. The elite offense that dominated the regular season prior to COVID-19 is dazed and confused in Disney World. Los Angeles is averaging a paltry 98.8 PPG in the Bubble while giving up an average of 106.8 PPG. They lost their last game to the Houston Rockets (43-25), 113-97, and have lost two in a row heading into this matchup.
Lakers vs Pacers: Previous Head-to-Head Matchup
On Dec. 17, the Lakers battled the Pacers in Indiana without MVP candidate PF Anthony Davis. Sabonis had a field day, scoring 26 points, pulling down 10 rebounds, and dishing four assists. Indiana had six players score in double-digits and shot 40% from beyond the arc.
LeBron James messed around and almost got a triple-double. King James and C Dwight Howard each scored 20 points, but the Lakers only shot 25.8% from 3-point-land and a miserable 47.1% from the free-throw line.
Despite those dismal shooting stats and the absence of what has arguably been the Lakers’ best player this season, L.A still had a chance to send the game to overtime on what would turn out to be the final play of the game.
With the Pacers leading 105-102, PG Rajon Rondo rimmed-out a deep 3-point attempt at the buzzer, snapping the Lakers’ seven-game winning streak. Indiana was the underdog in that game, too.
Lakers vs Pacers: Statistical Analysis
The Lakers have dropped all the way from first to 11th in scoring; The Pacers rank third. The NBA betting odds have the Lakers favored by seven points. It’s important to note that the difference between the average offensive output for these teams is only 3.6 points.
Defensively, Los Angeles (2nd) and Indiana (4th) are two of the top-ranked teams, giving up an average of 106.9 and 107.6 PPG, respectively. Always read through our matchup statistics to make an informed sports betting decision! The information is free and readily available for you to use.
Lakers vs Pacers: Sports Betting Preview
The Lakers have already clinched the #1 spot in the Western Conference. This game means more to the Pacers right from the start. Renaissance Man James (groin) and SG Alex Caruso (neck) are both questionable. There is no incentive to risk further injury in a contest that technically means nothing. Davis (ankle) is probable, but he is dinged up as well.
The Pacers are still fighting for postseason positioning. They may be doing it without SF T.J. Warren (foot) and C Myles Turner (ankle), but it’s logical to think that both will play if they’re able.
Under 218½ is looking like a nice bet here. These teams managed 207 total points in their previous matchup. That was with Sabonis playing. It was also back when the Lakers offense was performing at a higher level. Remember, that the Lakers and Pacers are currently top-four defenses.
Trends and Picks
The Pacers are 5-0 against the spread (ATS) in their last five games following a loss by more than 10 points. They are 4-0 ATS in their last four following a loss of any kind. The Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last five against a team with a winning record. They are 1-5 ATS in their last six games total.
Based on the information available, taking the Pacers +7 points and the total score to be under 218½ points appears to be a nice bit of NBA betting. It’s fun to diversify when betting on sports online. Place a bet on each of those lines individually, or throw them into a sweet parlay.
$30 on the Pacers and the under will yield a total payout of $109.34!