The Pacers are struggling. They lost nine of their last 10 games and are the No. 13 seed in the Eastern Conference. Frank Vogel and his squad prepare to host the Pacers after taking down the Jazz in their most recent matchup.
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Pacers vs. Lakers Game Information
off day work out West. pic.twitter.com/gTERz6w0oP— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) January 18, 2022
- When: Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 10:30 PM ET
- Where: Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, CA
- TV: NBA TV
- Radio: 107.5 The Fan FM (Pacers) / 710 ESPNLA (Lakers)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Pacers (-4.5) / Lakers (+4.5)
Why Bet on the Indiana Pacers?
Although the Pacers are in a challenging position, we see promising numbers on paper. They produce 107.9 points (18th) per game. There’s not much shooting difference between the two teams as the Pacers average 45.7% shooting (15th). The visitors are also the better two-point shooting team here. As a team, Rick Carlisle’s team hits 54.7% of their two-point attempts. In addition, the Pacers are a hair ahead of the Lakers when it comes to hitting points in the paint. They average 48.2 points (eighth) points in the paint in 44 games played.
Defensively, the Pacers allow opponents 108.9 points (16th) per game. There’s room for improvement when dealing with shooting defense. However, the squad reads the game well and limits opponents to 22.1 assists (third) per game. Contesting rebounds is also a strong suit of the side. They restrict opponents to 50.1 total rebounds (third) per game.
Caris LeVert starts the game if Malcolm Brogdon does not get the green light from the team doctors. The starting guard strained his recently-recovered Achilles and might require more time to hit 100% again. What’s certain is that Myles Turner will not be around to help the Pacers in this game, as he continues to deal with a left foot stress reaction.
Why Bet on the Los Angeles Lakers?
The hosts look forward to building on a 101-95 victory against the No. 4 Western Conference team. They come in hot on the offensive end with a 111.5 points per game (seventh) average on 46.5% shooting (ninth). This features a 35.0% three-point (tenth) and 53.7% two-point percentage (15th). As a team, the Lakers record 53.2% (11th) from the field. Moreover, the Pacers have to look out for the Lakers’ ability to score in the paint. The ‘Showtime’ averages 48.0 points in the paint (ninth) per game.
On defense, the Lakers allow 112.9 opponent points (27th) per game. This side emphasizes more defensive improvement as they also allow a 45.1% opponent shooting percentage (14th) per game while letting opponents make 34.5% of shots from downtown (14th). However, the Lakers can cover some ground through rebounding. Their size allows them to collect 54.2 rebounds (sixth) per game. The team does particularly well collecting defensive boards with 35.7 defensive rebounds (fifth) per game.
LeBron James is questionable to play Wednesday’s game, while Carmelo Anthony and Anthony Davis are still out of commission. The Lakers will be relying on Russell Westbrook, Avery Bradley, and Trevor Ariza for all scoring duties.
Pacers vs. Lakers Betting Trends
- The Pacers are 5-5 in their last five regular-season road games against the Lakers (4-6 ATS).
- The Pacers are 3-3 in their last six regular-season games against the Lakers (4-2 ATS).
- The totals went over in three of the Pacers’ last five regular-season games against the Lakers.
- The Lakers are 4-1 in their last five regular-season games at the Crypto.com Arena (3-2 ATS).
- The Lakers are 2-3 in their last five regular-season games (2-3 ATS).
- The totals went under in four of the Lakers’ last five regular-season home games against the Pacers.
Pacers vs. Lakers Expert Betting Prediction
The Pacers have been underperforming despite producing impressive results against bigger teams. They ran over the Jazz in their most recent win but fell in a four-game losing streak right after. Consistency issues hold the team back from its full potential. However, there’s still a good reason to back the Pacers in this matchup. Covering the spread should be doable for the team. Ultimately, the Lakers hold the upper hand in this contest. Home-court advantage and better results leading up to Wednesday’s game make them the clear favorites.
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