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2021 NBA Handicapping
(16-19) Indiana Pacers vs. Los Angeles Lakers (24-13)
Date: Friday, March 12
Time: 10:30 PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA.
NBA Moneyline Odds: Indiana +165 | LA -185
NBA Betting Odds: LA -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 217.5
Indiana is one of four teams beginning its unofficial second half of the season on Friday.
The Pacers play at the Lakers, Suns, and Nuggets over a stretch of four days. Then they return home to play the Nets before another three-game road trip at Miami, at Miami, at Milwaukee.
Indiana entered Thursday night tenth in the Eastern Conference but just 2.5 games behind Boston, which is all the way in fourth.
There are no injury reports to update, yet. The Athletic has reported that Caris LeVert expects to make his Indiana debut this season.
Head Coach Nate Bjorkgren offered an update Thursday, saying LeVert practiced and that “(his return) won’t be too much longer.”
Domantas Sabonis, meanwhile, put a second All-Star appearance on his resume over the weekend. He was the game’s low-scorer with just two points.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers don’t open up until this game on Friday night either. Unlike the Pacers, they get an additional two days off immediately following this game before playing five games over seven days.
They went into the break losing six of eight and begin the second half behind both Utah and Phoenix and just a half-game up on the Clippers.
Anthony Davis is not ready to return but Head Coach Frank Vogel said a week ago he has started to do some light shooting. The Lakers remain hopeful he will return to the floor this month.
Marc Gasol, who missed the final two games before the All-Star Break due to health and safety protocol, will not play in this one either.
Alex Caruso will. He did not participate in the Slam Dunk Contest over the weekend and instead rested a sore neck that kept him out of the Lakers last game on March 3rd.
He had scored double-digits three times in his previous five games, including a season-high 13 points in a win over the Warriors on February 28th.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Pacers are 39-17-2 ATS in their last 58 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
- Pacers are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- Pacers are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Over is 5-0 in Pacers last 5 games as a road underdog.
- Over is 8-3 in Pacers last 11 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Lakers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games.
- Under is 5-1 in Lakers last 6 games as a favorite.
- Head to Head: Pacers are 0-4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles.
- Head to Head: Under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Free Indiana Pacers vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction: Indiana with the points.
The Pacers cannot afford to start the second half slowly. If they can survive the immediate difficult stretch, they may sneak into the playoffs with a healthy LeVert.
If they start on a losing streak, however, they could play themselves out of the playoff picture early in a crowded Eastern Conference.
The stakes for the Lakers are not as high, much as they would like to stop the bleeding from before the break.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Indiana +4.5
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