Los Angeles Lakers vs Indiana Pacers betting tips and predictions for Monday’s NBA game at Crypto.com Arena. East meets West in tonight’s clash in Los Angeles as the Lakers host the Indiana Pacers in the first of two meetings this regular season. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers who have won 4 of their last 5 games find themselves all of a sudden in a hunt for a play-in tournament spot. LeBron James successfully returned from injury and dropped a cool 39 on the San Antonio Spurs. Anthony Davis took the night off in their last game, and they were still able to win. With a rested Davis their chances go significantly up in tonight’s game.
Dennis Schroder has also been solid since his return, he has played most of the Patrick Beverly minutes as he serves the final game of his 3-game suspension tonight. Did you notice that I didn’t even mention Russell Westbrook yet? He’s been instrumental coming off the bench, the Lakers are finally building something great here, they go into tonight’s game with a lot of momentum.
Speaking of momentum, the Pacers have a lot of it as well. They’ve won 6 of 8 games and are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 outings. The trio of Tyrese Haliburton, Myles Turner and Buddy Hield has been playing well together, despite constant rumors of a possible trade happening which would break out the team.
Indiana ranks 4th in the East right now, surpassing all expectations before the season started. Despite the solid form though, they head into tonight’s game as 5-point underdogs for some reason. In that role they’ve won 5 and lost 6 of 11 games, which isn’t all that bad considering they were hailed as one of the worst teams in the East before the season started. In head-to-head meetings with LA they’ve covered the spread 5 times in the last 7 meetings.
The Lakers have been winning, but most of their wins have been due to a softer schedule. Indiana is a more serious team than San Antonio, I have the Pacers covering at Crypto.com Arena tonight. Back the road team and the extra points.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Indiana Pacers Predictions & Odds
LeBron James comes back and the scoring goes way up for the Lakers, on both ends of the basketball. LA has gone over in 6 of 8 home games, against the point happy Pacers we could be in for one of those high 230s games here. Indiana ranks 9th in offensive efficiency this season, scoring 110.7 points per 100 possessions.
They also like to push the tempo here ranking 4th with an average of 104.3 possessions per game. The Lakers play even faster than that at 104.9 possessions, so we can expect plenty of offense coming from both sides here. Over their last 3 games they are scoring an average of 117.7 points per game, I wouldn’t be shocked if they went over 120 tonight against the defensively challenge Pacers. Let’s back the over in tonight’s game with confidence.