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Los Angeles Lakers vs Indiana Pacers Odds
Bankers Life Fieldhouse will feature Pacers vs. Lakers action on Friday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NBA action.
Indiana battles the Lakers, currently with a 34-32 mark (27-39 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 29-35 for the Pacers and 34-31-1 for the Lakers. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
The visitors opened this morning as 10-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 188.5 at BetOnline and other shops.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 3-rated Pacers and the No. 11-rated Lakers in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 101-98 win for the Pacers on Friday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Indiana's No. 25-ranked offense (94.2 PPG) against a Lakers defense that ranks No. 26 at 101.2 PPG. The Pacers have averaged 43.6% from the field per game, less than the Lakers have managed so far this season (45.9% on average).
Defensively, the Lakers feature the league's No. 29-rated defense on the road, giving up 104.5 points per game. Indiana, meanwhile, comes in at No. 18 in the league in scoring at home.
Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 96-92 loser as they battled the Hawks on the road. The Lakers failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point favorite, while 188 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Los Angeles got 31 points from Kobe Bryant en route to a 96-92 loss at the hands of Los Angeles on Wednesday at Philips Arena.
The Pacers were a 107-91 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Timberwolves. They covered the 15.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (198) made winners of OVER bettors. The Pacers got a 27-point performance from Roy Hibbert, who added 12 rebounds as Indiana ran past Minnesota 107-91 on Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 9-1
Before playing Sacramento are 7-3
After playing Atlanta are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3
Indiana Pacers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Philadelphia are 8-2
After playing Minnesota are 6-4
After a win are 6-4
A few Lakers at Pacers trends to consider:
LA Lakers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing on the road against Indiana
The total has gone OVER in 6 of the LA Lakers last 8 games when playing Indiana
Indiana is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
Indiana is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
LA Lakers home to Sacramento, Sunday, March 17
Indiana at Philadelphia, Saturday, March 16