Another Close Finish?
The Los Angeles Lakers and Indiana Pacers square off for the second time on Thursday with only one point separating them in the first meeting.
The Pacers look to end a three-game losing streak and the Lakers look to score consecutive wins after beating the Knicks.
NBA odds predict a close contest and it’s likely.
Too Much Crying
It’s about time the Lakers stopped crying about missed calls and put themselves in a position where it wouldn’t matter.
The truth is that the Lakers haven’t played well enough to be better than 24-28, but they’re still only a few wins from a much better position on the Western Conference ladder.
LeBron James should let his basketball do the talking because he’s on fire. He is averaging 30.2 points per game, which has seen the Lakers cover three of the last four spreads against the Knicks, Celtics, and Spurs.
Losing to the Celtics 125-121 in overtime suggests that they are good enough to compete with the best teams in the NBA, but James is the only player on the court bettors can trust to knock down an important shot.
Russell Westbrook isn’t clutch for the Lakers and Anthony Davis being on the court is considered a win these days. The injury-prone star needs to have more of an impact but his health gets in the way.
If the Lakers want to beat the Pacers, they improve on defense. They rank 27th in the NBA, which is terrible, but not unexpected from a roster packed with one-way players.
Pacers Needing a Boost
The Pacers are much better at home with a 16-10 record but they need to bounce back after three consecutive losses.
They lost to the Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, and Memphis Grizzlies. Two of those three opponents are tough and they didn’t play too poorly.
Losing 141-131 to the Bucks isn’t a bad performance in defeat, but allowing 85 points in the first half is getting close to a joke.
“The starts we’ve been getting off to have been atrocious,” T.J. McConnell said. “It was the pace. When we get out and run and play with pace, we’re pretty good. When we can’t get a stop, you see what happened in the first half.”
NBA betting markets are giving the Pacers respect and they deserve it. They have a good record against the Lakers at home and that could be a big factor.
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Lakers vs Pacers Head-to-Head
The Pacers are 5-1 against the spread in their last six meetings against the Lakers at home.
They won the last two games straight-up, including a 116-115 victory in November as the +3 ½ underdogs.
The last seven games have been decided by less than nine points and two have been one-possession games.
Lakers vs Pacers Game Information
- Game: Lakers (24-28) vs Pacers (24-28)
- Day/Time: Thursday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m. ET
- Location: Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
- Lakers vs Pacers Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
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Lakers vs Pacers Picks and Prediction
We expect the Pacers to bounce back from three consecutive losses with a win and spread cover against the Lakers.
They have the wood over the Lakers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse and we expect that to continue, so take the current line with the sportsbook.
We also expect a low-scoring contest, so include the under in your NBA picks.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Los Angeles a 55.56% chance to win, with the Pacers at 48.78%.
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Pacers vs Lakers Previous Game (Nov. 28, 2022)
The Indiana Pacers travel to Los Angeles to face the Lakers, who seem to be finding their stride after a tough start. On the other hand, the Pacers have been a surprise, sitting in fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
In their last game, the Pacers (11-8) lost to the host Los Angeles Clippers 114-104, taking out some of the travel time for Monday’s upcoming game. It is the second stop of a seven-game West Coast road trip. The Lakers are on a two-game winning streak, beating the San Antonio Spurs on a back-to-back on the road, the last one 143-138.
This could end up being another high-scoring game, if the Lakers’ offense can keep up. Scoring has not been the strength of this team, but it has been better over the last few games and they don’t have the defense to stop the Pacers’ guards.
Davis is expected to be back in the lineup for the Lakers, which gives them a massive boost defensively along with his offensive skill. It should be enough to beat a Pacers team with a long road trip ahead of them.