Two teams from opposing conferences coming off multiple wins are clashing in this high caliber duel, when the sixth in the East Indiana Pacers (18-9), are hosting the best in the West Los Angeles Lakers (24-3), with both teams having won their last 3 and 7 games respectively and looking to extend those winning streaks today.
Date/Time: 12-17-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Indiana Pacers +4.5
Indiana Pacers have a 18-9 record (15-11-1 against the spread) so far this season and are sitting in the 6th place of the East. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Hornets with a 107-85 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Malcolm Brogdon with 19.1 ppg, adding 4.5 boards and a team high 7.7 dimes per game. He is followed by TJ Warren with 17.8 ppg and 3.4 rebounds per game.
Los Angeles Lakers have a 24-3 record (16-11 against the spread) and are sitting in the first place of the West. They have won 17 of their last 18 matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Hawks with a 101-96 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Anthony Davis with 27.4 ppg, adding a team high 9.3 rebounds per game. He is followed by LeBron James with 26.1 ppg, 7.3 rebounds and a team high 10.7 assists per game.
In their two meetings last season each team won once at home (Pacers by 42 points and Lakers by 8). Pacers are 11-3 at home, while Lakers are 14-1 on the road. Lakers are better both offensively, scoring 113.3 ppg to Pacers’ 109.3 and defensively, allowing 103.9 ppg to Pacers’ 104.3. They also have a better field goal percentage (46.3% to 45.1%), while both teams have identical 3-point percentage (36.1%). Lakers are better both in rebounding (45.9 to 44.5) and in assists made (26.2 to 24.9), while Pacers are better in turnovers committed (13.7 to 15.3). Bookmakers give the Lakers a -4.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road win.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Indiana Pacers Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers -4.5 (-111)
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