Lakers vs Pacers Odds and Picks

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LeBron James stands for the anthem

LeBron James is questionable for Saturday’s should win sport versus Indiana. (Picture by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire).

  • The Los Angeles Lakers are 6.5-point favorites in opposition to Indiana on Saturday (1 pm ET)
  • Key gamers on either side are coping with accidents, and it’s unknown if gamers like LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Caris LeVert or Domantas Sabonis will play
  • Learn beneath for a have a look at the matchup and a choose on the sport

The Los Angeles Lakers nonetheless have a chance to enhance their playoff positioning with two video games to go within the common season. To ensure that that to occur, they need to begin with a win on Saturday afternoon at Indiana.

The Lakers look like the more healthy workforce heading into the sport, however they aren’t with out harm issues of their very own. Nonetheless, LA is a 6.5-point favourite in opposition to a workforce they beat earlier this yr, 105-100. Indiana has two video games left to play as effectively, however seems destined for a play-in event matchup with both Charlotte or Washington.

Lakers vs Pacers Odds

Workforce Unfold at FanDuel Moneyline Complete
Los Angeles Lakers -6.5 (-110) -290 OFF
Indiana Pacers +6.5 (-110) +235 OFF

Odds as of Could 14th.

Discovering the Motivation to Win

Between the 2, Los Angeles stands to realize extra from a win on Saturday. With two video games left to play, the Lakers have to win out to have any hope of leaping Portland and shifting into the sixth seed and out of the play-in event. Following the sport in opposition to Indiana on Saturday, LA wraps issues up on Sunday in opposition to New Orleans, who has a gaggle of accidents and nothing to play for at this level.

After all, that’s contingent on Portland shedding its ultimate sport to Denver on Sunday. The Nuggets aren’t more likely to transfer from the fourth seed no matter Sunday’s consequence, however Denver has overwhelmed the Blazers twice already this season. Though the probability that Dallas additionally drops its ultimate two video games to Toronto and Minnesota is subsequent to nil, the Lakers would have a path to the fifth seed if that had been to occur.

The most effective situation the Pacers can stay up for is shifting in entrance of Charlotte, which may very effectively lose its ultimate two video games in opposition to New York and Washington. This might set Indy up with a play-in tourney matchup with Boston, which doesn’t appear excellent on its face, however the Celtics are simply 3-7 of their final 10 video games and falling backwards into the put up season. Indiana has additionally taken a win in one of many three video games it has performed in opposition to Boston, however has misplaced all three of its video games in opposition to the Wizards this yr.

Bankers Life Fieldhouse or M.A.S.H. Unit?

Excluding the gamers from each groups that had been already out because of prior season-ending accidents, the Lakers and Pacers have a mixed 11 gamers on the harm report for Saturday’s sport.

The largest title and query mark is LeBron James, who didn’t find yourself enjoying in LA’s final sport in opposition to Houston following pregame shoot-around. Contemplating the Lakers’ potential to maneuver up and out of the play-in event — which James has been outspoken about not desirous to play — his need to play Saturday must be comparatively excessive.

Anthony Davis has been battling a groin harm as effectively, however below the circumstances, ought to attempt to robust it out in opposition to Indy. He additionally sat out in opposition to Houston, however had been enjoying effectively within the three video games prior, the place he completed with level totals of 36, 42 and 20 in opposition to the Blazers, Suns and Knicks.

Malcolm Brogdon will proceed to remain out of Indiana’s lineup with a hamstring harm that has stored him off the ground for a month now. New to Indy’s harm report is large man Domantas Sabonis, who’s coping with a quad harm suffered on Thursday in opposition to Milwaukee. Guard Caris LeVert has been a constant scoring possibility in Brogdon’s absence, however he didn’t play in opposition to the Bucks, and can be questionable on Saturday with a knee contusion.

Rolling the Cube

With the put up season bearing down on plenty of groups, bettors are seeing drastic lineup modifications simply hours earlier than video games are set to tip off. Theoretically, with a chance to enhance their beginning place within the playoffs, it appears as if James, Davis and others are going to need to robust it out on this one. If the Lakers lose to Indiana, they’ll nearly definitely sit within the common season finale.

For now, the expectation is that the regulars attempt to make a go of it, and it’s simply as seemingly that LeVert and Sabonis don’t look able to play for Indy after their pregame preparations. The Pacers are the extra seemingly workforce to relaxation their guys on this state of affairs, and must depend on their remaining shooters to be sharp. In the meantime, the Lakers have higher gamers within the frontcourt, have been one of many NBA’s finest at defending three-pointers, and acquired extra manufacturing out of their bench this season.

Choose: Lakers -6.5 (-110)

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