The Los Angeles Lakers continue their East Coast road trip with a matchup against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse Wednesday evening. The Lakers (9-9) are on the second night of a back-to-back and will be getting LeBron James back from suspension. The Pacers (8-11) are off to a rocky start but will try and get back on track at home. Los Angeles opens this game as slight road favorites.
Lakers Hoping for Improved DefenseThe Lakers have been playing above-average basketball so far this year, albeit without their key centerpiece in LeBron James for most of the year. Anthony Davis has been banged up as well, but he’s been playing through a lot of the soft-tissue injuries he would typically sit out of last season. He’s averaging 24.6 points and 10.5 rebounds. What’s troublesome is Los Angeles’ 112.3 points allowed per game, ranked 28th in the NBA.
Although ranking 23rd in offensive rating, expect the Lakers to slowly trend up as LeBron James gets situated back into the offense. They are averaging a solid 109.9 points per game on 46.1% shooting, with Anthony Davis playing as he did three years ago in New Orleans. If AD can stay healthy, the Lakers will be a contender in the Western Conference.
Pacers Struggling Early OnThe Pacers have been slumbering out the gates this year, losing 11 of their first 19 games. Indiana ranks middle of the pack in both points per game and points allowed. Their 14.2 turnovers per game remains a concern, but Malcolm Brogdon returning to the lineup should offer some stability.
Domantas Sabonis has been playing lights-out inside for the Pacers. The 5th year Gonzaga product is averaging 18.3 points and 11.3 boards. More impressively, he’s shooting the rock at a blistering 58% clip. Indy has been playing without T.J. Warren, who filled in nicely alongside Domantas over the last two seasons. He’s expected to be out until after the All-Star break, so expect Sabonis to continue getting a ton of usage in the paint. Rookie guard Chris Duarte remains a game-time decision for the Pacers with an ankle injury.
- Lakers are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games
- Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games
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