It’s an interconference battle between teams looking to make a move in their respective divisions in the City of Angels. The Indiana Pacers are on the road as they continue a road swing out west against the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday night. Indiana prevailed in both games of a back to back as they edged the Suns 109-104 on the road Tuesday night. Los Angeles was clobbered 117-85 on the road by the Nuggets Tuesday night in their last contest. The Lakers own a 59-29 edge in the all-time regular season series but the teams split two matchups last season. The Pacers took a 110-100 home win in the last meeting back on March 19.
Indiana Pacers Hope to Win Third Straight on Road Trip
Indiana improved to 2-0 on their four game road trip out west as they picked up the win over the Suns. The Pacers took both games of a back to back as they survived a second-half rally from Phoenix. Indiana led by seven at the half and by 13 with 4:36 to play in the third quarter. After the Suns stormed back to tie, Bojan Bogdanovic hit a three with 31.1 seconds to play to give Indiana a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The Pacers shot 42.2 percent from the field and knocked down 11 of 26 three point attempts in the game while winning the rebounding battle 55-45. Domantas Sabonis (16 boards) and Doug McDermott each had 21 points off the bench in the win to lead Indiana. Indiana is 5-5-1 ATS on the road this season while the over is 8-3 in those games.
The Pacers are 24th in the league in scoring with 106.5 points a night. Indiana is 25th in the league in rebounding by collecting 42.1 boards per game. The Pacers are 12th in assists with 24.2 per game but have been solid defensively this season. Indiana is 2nd in the league in scoring defense, allowing 102.2 points per game. Victor Oladipo leads the Pacers with 21.4 points plus 6.6 rebounds and 1.56 steals per contest. Myles Turner averages 11.5 points plus 5.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. Darren Collison, Thaddeus Young (9.9 points, 5.2 rebounds), Domantas Sabonis (14.7 points, 10 rebounds) and Bojan Bogdanovic (15.6 points) are contributing offensively. The Pacers also rely on Tyreke Evans (10.6 points), Doug McDermott, Cory Joseph and Kyle O’Quinn in their rotation in order to have success. Indiana is 4thin the league by shooting 48.1 percent from the field. The Pacers are 29th with 9.4 threes per game. Indiana stands 4th in the league as they’re knocking down 37.6 percent from beyond the arc. Oladipo (knee) is doubtful for this one after missing the last five games.
Los Angeles Lakers Try to Bounce Back from Blowout Loss
Los Angeles suffered their second straight loss as they were blown out by Denver on the road Tuesday night. The Lakers now look to regroup as they return home for this contest. Los Angeles was down four after the opening quarter and by eight at the half before things got out of hand. In the second half, the Lakers were outscored 59-35 to turn the game into a rout. Los Angeles shot 39.1 percent from the field, including five of 35 from three point range, and was pounded 60-39 on the glass in the contest. Kyle Kuzma led the Lakers with 21 points in the loss. The Lakers are just 3-7 ATS at home this season while the under is 6-3-1 in those games.
The Lakers are 10th in the league in scoring offense as they put up 112.8 points per game. Los Angeles is 13th in rebounding with 45.8 boards per contest and tied for 13th in assists with 23.8 per game. The Lakers stand 23rd in the league in scoring defense as they allow 112.9 points per night. LeBron James leads Los Angeles with 27.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.7 assists per contest. Kyle Kuzma kicks in 16.7 points per game while Brandon Ingram chips in 15.7 points a night. JaVale McGee (12.7 points, 6.3 boards, 2.79 blocks), Josh Hart (9.5 points) and Rajon Rondo (8.5 points, 6.5 assists) are all solid contributors as well. Lonzo Ball, Lance Stephenson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Tyson Chandler, Michael Beasley and Sviatoslav Mykhailuk are key pieces in the rotation for coach Luke Walton. Rondo had surgery for a fractured hand and is out until late December. Ball is questionable with an ankle sprain. The Lakers are 7th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 47.4 percent as a team. Los Angeles is tied for 19th in the league with 10.3 triples per game while standing 20th in three point shooting at 34.7 percent from downtown.
- Lakers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 day of rest
- Lakers are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference opponents
- Lakers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Central Division teams
- Pacers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Pacific Division foes
- Pacers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a winning home reco