Indiana Pacers (13-8) vs Los Angeles Lakers (11-9)Date : 11/29/2018
Time : 10:30 pm EST
Location : Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Indiana Pacers vs Los Angeles Lakers
The Indiana Pacers will travel to Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, to take on the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night at 10 p.m. eastern time. The Pacers have rebounded nicely from a two-game losing streak by winning two straight games, with their last being a 109 – 104 road win over the slumping Phoenix Suns on November 27th as they continue their offensive funk in shooting only 42% from the field; However, were able to outrebound the Suns by a margin of 55-45 for the game as Myles Turner chipped in 16 points along with 13 rebounds in the much-needed Victory.
On the other hand, the Los Angeles Lakers have found themselves in a rough patch in losing two straight games with their last being against a tough Denver Nuggets team on the road as they suffered the 117 – 85 loss as they also shot horribly from the field in going 39% from the floor along with nailing only 5 – 35 3-point attempts. The Nuggets also outrebounded the Lakers by a margin of 60 -39 for the game. The Pacers are winless against the spread in the last four meetings at Staples Center versus the Lakers while the under has been the play in five of the last six games amongst these teams in Los Angeles.
Indiana Pacers's Latest Performance :
The Indiana Pacers are ranked 24th in the league in averaging 107 points per game while their defense is ranked second in allowing opponents to score an average of 102 points per game. In their last match up with Phoenix, the Pacers showed their full defensive prowess as they allowed the Phoenix Suns to shoot only 44% from the floor on the night as TJ Warren and Devin Booker lead Phoenix in scoring with 25 and 20 points, respectively, with Booker going 7-21 from the floor for the night.
On the other hand, Domantas Sabonis along with Doug McDermott provided a lift off the bench for Indiana in scoring 21 points each with Sabonis adding 16 rebounds to the stat sheet. In all, the Pacers have had to utilize a total team effort and which to pick up wins in the absence of Oladipo and will certainly look to continue this type of play as they will be facing off against a Lakers squad desperately looking for a win after an awful stretch of play.
Los Angeles Lakers's Latest Performance :
After having four of their prior six games on the road, the Lakers will nestle into Staples Center for a four-game homestand, beginning with a match up with the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night. As stated, they are coming into this matchup not playing very well on either side of the court as they only scored 85 points in a loss versus the Denver Nuggets on the road in their last match up. Kyle Kuzma led the team with 21 points in the loss while LeBron James went 5-15 from the floor with only 14 points and seven rebounds for the contest.
As stated, the Lakers shot horribly from the field yet their defense allowed the Nuggets to shoot 49% from the floor while nailing 9-24 3-point attempts for the night as Jamal Murray, Paul Millsap, and Malik Beasley each had 20 points for the Nuggets in the all-important victory. Again, while the Lakers have struggled on both sides of the ball lately, their offense has struggled, in particular, as they are averaging only 93 points per game in their last four outings. They will certainly need to come out with a bit more focus on the offensive end in this matchup as the Indiana Pacers, despite their offensive woes, are very solid on the defensive end as it has been their saving grace as they continue to go through a difficult time without their star in Victor Oladipo being out of the lineup.
How Indiana Pacers & Los Angeles Lakers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Indiana is 11 – 10 ATS while the OU is 11 – 10
Los Angeles is 7 – 13 ATS while the OU is 7 – 12
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This contest will certainly be interesting in that Indiana will look to continue its balanced attack while also picking up wins in the meantime, while the Lakers will like to atone for a rough patch of play for which they struggled on the offensive end. In all, look for the Lakers to push the pace in this matchup as they will certainly want to kick start their offense early and often versus an Indiana team that is most effective when they are able to get set on the defensive end. On the other hand, the Pacers will be looking for added production from their bench in McDermott and Sabonis in which two allow the team to possibly pick up another victory in the third game of a four-game road trip.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Los Angeles Lakers
My reason for the pick :
While the Lakers have not done well on the offensive end, lately, and with the Indiana Pacers playing well on the defensive end, altogether, this could certainly be a difficult game for Los Angeles. On the other hand, they have one of the greatest players to ever play the game in LeBron James as he will certainly ensure that the home team remains focused on the task at hand, which is to obtain a victory on Thursday night. It is for this reason that I will back the home team in this instance as I happen to feel that Indiana will certainly come to play, however, the Lakers will simply be able to hit critical baskets late in the game in which to squeak out a much-needed victory, thus ending their two-game losing streak.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
The under has been the play in the last four games for the Lakers following a straight-up loss while also being the case with the Lakers playing on only one day’s rest this season. Combine that with the fact that the under has been the play in the last 5 game for the Lakers, overall, look for this game to be a low-scoring yet competitive matchup throughout to where the home team will not be very accurate from the perimeter ,yet will be able to pick up much-needed baskets at pivotal points in the game inobtaining the victory. In all, do not look for the score to surpass its set limit for this matchup amongst two teams desperately looking for a win.
Betting trends for Indiana Pacers:
- Over is 5-0 in Pacers last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
Over is 6-1 in Pacers last 7 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Pacers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win.
Betting trends for Los Angeles Lakers:
- L.A. Lakers Over is 4-0-1 in Lakers last 5 Thursday games.
Under is 4-0 in Lakers last 4 games following a straight up loss.
Under is 4-0 in Lakers last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.