Los Angeles Lakers at Indiana Pacers Matchup & Odds
The Los Angeles Lakers (14-1 SU, 10-5 ATS) are flying high in the Western Conference. On Tuesday night they will play a team that loves to fly up and down when they hook up with the Indiana Pacers (6-10 SU, 8-7-1 ATS) in NBA pro basketball sports betting action that is set to get underway at 7 PM ET at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
BetUS Sportsbook NBA Basketball Betting Odds: L.A. LAKERS -8.5, Total 212.5
Here are some of the NBA pro basketball betting trends as they relate to this matchup:
* LA has covered four of its last six games
* LA has played four of its last five games OVER the total
* LA has covered four of its last five road games
* LA has won its last five road games SU
* IND has lost five of its last six games SU
* IND has played four of its last five OVER the total
* IND is 1-3-1 ATS in its last five home games
* IND has won 14 of its last 20 home games SU
* LA has covered four of the last six meetings
* LA has won 10 of the last 14 meetings SU
* Five of the last six meetings have gone UNDER the total
* IND has won and covered four of the last five meetings as the home team
* Four of the last six meetings in Indianapolis have gone UNDER the total
* LA has had the shooting edge in four of the last six meetings
* IND has made more three-pointers in six of the last nine meetings
The Lakers are second in the league in scoring points on the road, with 105 per game. Overall, they are at just under 108 points, but have exceeded that in each of the last four contests, scoring 116 ppg as they won home games against Sacramento, New Jersey, Dallas and Toronto. The Lakers are unbeaten as the visitor, but they have played just one road game since November 12. Three of the road wins have come by seven points. This isn’t really a big surprise, since this team was 27-14 on the road last season, which is exceptional in the NBA.
One of the things the Pacers have had a hard time dealing with is size, and Los Angeles can bring some of that with Pau Gasol (16.9 ppg, 9 rpg) and Andrew Bynum (12.4 ppg, 9.1 rpg). Of course, that’s nothing like Dwight Howard, who drilled them for 32 points and 21 rebounds in Saturday night’s game in Orlando.
Indiana is a team that loves to play a fast pace, which would tend to play into the hands of a team that is as high-scoring as the Lakers are, because a game like that could get out of hand in a hurry. That is especially dangerous for Jim O’Brien’s team, since the Lakers have hit 49% or better in each of their last four games, while Indiana hasn’t exceeded 43% in any of the last three. This is not a particularly good stretch for the Pacers, who have lost five of their last six games.
Last season the Lakers beat Indiana at Conseco Fieldhouse by a 134-114 count. But they had lost four straight games in Indianapolis before that. This is a different Laker team, however; one that is much deeper (L.A. is second in bench scoring in the league) and comes with those big numbers without having an over-dependence on the three-point shot. Because they have this hot hand and seemingly an indifference to being affected by the road atmosphere, the way to go is with the Lakers, the 8.5-point favorite in the BetUS NBA pro basketball betting odds.