Indiana Pacers vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 2/25/14
Los Angeles Lakers (19-37) at Indiana Pacers (42-13)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers -13 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Lakers will be hoping to cause a major upset tonight when they pay a visit to the Indiana Pacers.
The Lakers have lost five of their last six and are coming off a 108-102 loss against the Nets despite shooting over 51 percent from the field. Pau Gasol led the way with 22 points and 11 rebounds while Jodie Meeks added 19 points, but the Lakers were always digging themselves out of a hole after falling behind by 63-47 points going into halftime. On the bright side, coach D'Antonio must be delighted with what he is seeing from Kent Bazemore, the former Warrior who scored 17 points against the Nets after scoring 15 points on debut. It seems likely that Bazemore will keep his starting gig especially with all the injuries the Lakers have had to deal with.
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Meanwhile, the Pacers have won just three of their last six but were able to steady the ship on Saturday by beating the Bucks, 110-100. Paul George led the team with 32 points and David West tied a season-high with 30 as the Pacers blew out the Bucks early, before taking their foot off the gas and allowing the score to stay respectable. Defensively, the Pacers held the Bucks to just 42 percent shooting, but they lacked the focus they showed us all season, allowing 61 points in the second half. Despite the shaky performance, Indiana improved to 42-13 with the win and 16-10 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Lakers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games and 5-0 ATS in their last five road games, while the Pacers are 26-11-1 AT S in their last 38 home games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games overall.
Head to head, the Lakers are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Indiana and the road team is 6-0 ATS in the last six.
The Pacers started the season as the hottest team in the league but they've definitely dropped off lately, so this looks like a great opportunity for the Lakers to head into Indiana and make a mess. I doubt the Lakers can win this game but let's take them with the points here.