Los Angeles Lakers (51-17) at Indiana Pacers (42-27)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 6:00 pm (HP Field House)
The Line: Indiana Pacers +7.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Los Angeles Lakers and the Indiana Pacers do battle at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Saturday night.
The Los Angeles Lakers have been in a bit of a funk lately and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after getting blown out by the Rockets in a 113-97 loss on Thursday. Kyle Kuzma led the team in scoring with 21 points in a starting role, Anthony Davis added 17 points with 12 rebounds while Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope each scored 10 points. As a team, the Lakers shot just 44 percent from the field and a miserly two of 19 from the 3-point line as they struggled right from the first quarter against a more desperate Rockets team led by 39 points from James Harden. The Lakers were without their leader in LeBron James who is questionable with a groin injury after sitting out Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers have been in great form as they were gunning for a fourth straight victory before getting stopped by the red-hot Suns in a 114-99 loss on Thursday. Malcolm Brogdon led the team with 25 points and six assists, Myles Turner added 17 points with eight rebounds and three blocks while TJ Warren and Victor Oladipo each scored 16 points. As a team, the Pacers shot 43 percent from the field and 10 of 29 from the 3-point line as they trailed by just four points at halftime, before getting blown out in the second half where they allowed 62 points to a well-balanced Suns offense that had seven players finish in double figures in scoring.
Looking at the betting trends, the Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record, 1-4 ATS in their last five Saturday games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall. The Pacers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a loss, 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games against a team above .600 and 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the under is 5-1 in the last six meetings overall and the Lakers are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in Indiana.
TJ Warren, Myles Turner are both listed as questionable for the Pacers while LeBron James and Alex Caruso are both listed as questionable for the Lakers. The Lakers looked like a ship without its caption on Thursday and the Pacers could struggle without two of their best players listed as questionable, but this means much more to the Pacers and I think they will be good enough to push the Lakers and earn the cover here.