Los Angeles Lakers vs Indiana Pacers: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

What: Los Angeles Lakers at Indiana Pacers

Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

When: Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 7:00 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): NBATV, Spectrum Sportsnet, Fox Sports Indiana | 710 AM ESPN / 1330 AM ESPN DEPORTES, 93.5/107.5 FM The Fan

Los Angeles Lakers (Away)

Head Coach: Frank Vogel {All-Time 328-294 | IND, ORL, LAL}

Season Record: 24-3

Projected Starting Five: (G) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – (G) Danny Green – (F) LeBron James – (F) Anthony Davis – (C) Javale McGee

Top Performers:

  • (F) Anthony Davis – 34.7 MPG | 27.4 PPG | 9.3 RPG | 2.6 BPG
  • (F) LeBron James – 34.7 MPG | 26.1 PPG | 10.7 APG | 7.3 RPG
  • (F) Kyle Kuzma – 23.1 MPG | 11.1 PPG | 3.4 RPG | .360 3P%

The Los Angeles Lakers have been faring well since their last loss more than two weeks ago. After going undefeated in a previous three-game road trip, they look to do the same against in the Eastern Conference.

Los Angeles is coming off of a good win against a scrappy Atlanta Hawks team. While the Hawks don’t boast the same talent level, the Lakers’ ball security was exposed against an upstart roster with much to prove.

The Lakers face a real step up in competition when they take on the Indiana Pacers. Indiana is on a winning streak of their own, and they’re prepared to show that they are in the tier of the contenders.

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Indiana Pacers (Home)

Head Coach: Nate McMillan {All-Time 634-569 | SEA, POR, IND}

Projected Starting Five: (G) Malcolm Brogdon – (G) Jeremy Lamb – (F) TJ Warren – (F) Domantas Sabonis – (C) Myles Turner

Season Record: 18-9

Top Performers:

  • (G) Malcolm Brogdon – 31.4 MPG | 19.1 PPG | 7.7 APG | 4.5 RPG
  • (F) TJ Warren – 32.6 MPG | 17.8 PPG | 3.4 RPG | 1.1 SPG
  • (F) Domantas Sabonis – 34.4 MPG | 17.7 PPG | 13.5 RPG | 3.8 APG

The Indiana Pacers are putting on performances to remind the NBA that they are contenders in the Eastern Conference. While they are still without star Victor Oladipo, Malcolm Brogdon has put in an All-Star season to pace them to victory.

The Pacers are coming off of a man-handling of the Charlotte Hornets in their last game. Not only did they hold the Hornets to 30% from the field, the Pacers were unstoppable in the paint.

They now face off with the Los Angeles Lakers, one of the best teams in the NBA. The Lakers have almost no weaknesses, so Indiana will have to force their defense upon them if they hope to win the match.

What’s At Stake?

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Indiana Pacers have a long-standing, although one-sided rivalry. The Lakers lead the Pacers 60-30 in 90 regular-season meetings.

A win for the Los Angeles Lakers would solidify their place atop the Western Conference and NBA table.

A win for the Indiana Pacers would push them above the Toronto Raptors for fifth in the Eastern Conference.

Questions to answer

Can the Los Angeles Lakers’ offense find its rhythm again?

Can the Indiana Pacers’ roster all step up to take down the giant?

We are going to compare the Los Angeles Lakers and the Indiana Pacers in an attempt to see who has the advantage in this matchup.

The Lakers Must Re-Focus

Despite coming off of a win, the Los Angeles Lakers received a bit of a wake-up call when they faced off with the Atlanta Hawks. Sure, their players have been battling some minor injuries. However, most of their problems came from their turnovers.

On the night, the Lakers turned the ball over 22 times. Averaging only 15.3 turnovers per game on the season, the Lakers are too mature and too savvy to have been taken advantage of by the Hawks.

While ball handlers like LeBron James and Rajon Rondo get a pass, it isn’t the case for others. Davis, McGee, Bradley, and Howard combined for 17 of the teams 22 turnovers. Not something they can afford against the NBA’s sixth-best defense in the Pacers.

Indiana’s Bench is a Positive

The Indiana Pacers are missing that go-to player that is needed to really compete in the clutch of big games. Due to the injury to Victor Oladipo, Nate McMillan has chosen to rely more on his bench, in order to fill the gap.

55 of the Indiana Pacers’ 107 points against the Hornets came from their bench. On a night where the starters struggled, it was Aaron Holiday, TJ McConnell, and Justin Holiday who helped spell the starters.

They’ll need a similar full squad effort against the Lakers. Considering Los Angeles’ ability to go on massive runs, it is essential for the Pacers’ second unit to win the play while James and Davis aren’t on the court.

Can the Lakers Find their Range?

Three-point shooting rules the modern NBA game. However, for the Los Angeles Lakers, it is essential to be passable from three. Should they hope to leave their mark on the game?

In their last match against the Atlanta Hawks, the Lakers were dreadful from three. Knocking down only five of their 31 three-point field-goal attempts, the Lakers were well off of their season average of 36.1%.

When it comes to defending the three-point line, the Pacers are in the top ten of the NBA. Holding their opponents to an average of 34.0% per game from deep, the Pacers will be tough to beat if the Lakers can’t convert from three.

Can the Pacers Keep Up on the Glass?

The Los Angeles Lakers play such a big lineup, the Pacers will have to be careful if they hope to compete on the glass with the Western Conference powerhouse. Domantas Sabonis has been excellent for them on the glass, but he can’t do it all alone.

Sabonis has contributed a double-double in his last twelve games. In that time he is a +7.8 while also contributing 2.8 offensive rebounds and the classic Sabonis family 4.1 assists per game.

The Laker’s trio of McGee, Davis, and Howard will be tough to handle on the glass. For the Pacers to win, they’ll need Sabonis to be top tier as well as a gang-rebounding effort from his supporting cast.

Los Angeles Lakers Roster Notes

(F) Kyle Kuzma – 14 Dec 2019 – Out (Left Ankle) – Kuzma is out for Sunday’s (Dec. 15) game against Atlanta.

(C) DeMarcus Cousins – 15 Aug 2019 – Out (Knee) – Cousins suffered a torn ACL in his knee, according to Shams Charania. He’s expected to miss the entire season.

Indiana Pacers Roster Notes

(F) JaKarr Sampson – 15 Dec 2019 – Out (Back) – Sampson is OUT for Sunday’s (Dec. 15) game against Charlotte.

(G) Victor Oladipo – 12 Nov 2019 – Out (Quad) – Oladipo is making progress and is starting to train with the team’s G-League affiliate, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. There is no timetable for his return.

Head-to-Head: (G) Rajon Rondo vs (G) Aaron Holiday

The matchup of the night comes from the Pacers’ and Lakers’ bench units. Two point guards will look to enforce their game when the stars take a rest.

After sitting out with an injury, Rajon Rondo came back to a fantastic performance in his recent win against the Hawks. Aaron Holiday is coming off of a great performance himself, playing one of his best games of the season.

(G) Rajon Rondo (6-1, 186lb (185cm, 84kg) | Kentucky | 13 Years)

 

 

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
19-2033LAL1521.68.13.75.7.434.455

 

Rajon Rondo’s role with the Lakers is significant, despite not being an adept scorer. Rondo has made his career off of defence and playmaking. While contrary to what most desire out of their point guards in the modern NBA, Rondo continues to prove his value.

Coming off of an 11 point, five assists, and 7 rebound effort, Rondo is clearly the best playmaker the Lakers have outside of James. Considering Indiana’s swarming defence,

(G) Aaron Holiday (6-0, 185lb (183cm, 83kg) | UCLA | 1 Year)

 

 

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
19-2023IND2521.39.82.62.6.424.394

 

Holiday has provided a fantastic boost for the Pacers off of the bench this season. An adept scorer and playmaker, Holiday is more often than not the first player off of the bench for the Pacers.

Holiday is coming off of one of his best performances of the season. Shooting 6-10 from the field for 23 points in a win over the Charlotte Hornets, Holiday more impressively, was 9-10 from the free-throw line. His aggressiveness will be welcome against the Lakers.

Los Angeles Lakers at Indiana Pacers Predictions and Odds

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Why the Los Angeles Lakers Will Win

The Los Angeles Lakers struggled to take care of the ball and hit from range against the Hawks. They still had the talent to win. If they can find their range against the Pacers, the combination with their inside game will be unstoppable.

Why the Indiana Pacers Will Win

The Indiana Pacers pride themselves on their defensive play. Slowing down the Los Angeles Lakers is no simple task, but controlling the Lakers’ in the paint will be crucial if they want to take the win.

WSN’s Pick

The Los Angeles Lakers should be too talented for the Indiana Pacers to handle. Their inside play has been unstoppable and they are not likely to suffer a similar shooting night from deep to their last match.

WSN Picks: Los Angeles Lakers defeat Indiana Pacers

Los Angeles Lakers vs Indiana Pacers Game Odds

The odds for the Lakers vs Pacers game are provided by bet365 NJ, DraftKings Sportsbook, and SugarHouse NJ.

Good luck!

Money Line

SportsbookLakersPacers
bet365 NJ-200+170
DraftKings-190+160
SugarHouse NJ-190+160

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