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#509 Los Angeles Lakers vs.
#510 Indiana Pacers
Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 7:10pm EST
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Written by Chris King

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It’s an interconference battle of a pair of struggling teams on the hardwood in the Hoosier State. The Los Angeles Lakers are on the road as they travel to face the Indiana Pacers Wednesday night. Los Angeles was in the Big Apple on Tuesday night as they faced the Knicks. The Lakers rallied to beat the Pistons 121-116 on the road Sunday night though they failed to cover as a seven-point favorite. Indiana walloped Chicago 109-77 on the road as a 1.5-point underdog in their most recent contest Monday night. In the all-time regular season, the Lakers own a 62-32 advantage and took both meetings a season ago. That includes a 122-115 road win in the most recent matchup between the teams on May 15, 2021.

Los Angeles Lakers Playing Second Game of Back-to-Back Situation

Los Angeles was in action on Tuesday night as they visited the Knicks in the Big Apple in the front half of their back-to-back set. The Lakers entered Tuesday fourth in the Pacific Division, 6.5 games behind the Warriors for the division lead. Los Angeles is 0-2 in the second game of back-to-back situations this season: they average 109 ppg while allowing 122 ppg in those contests. The Lakers are 2-4 on the road and have a -7.1 ppg scoring margin (110.2 ppg for, 117.3 ppg against) in those outings this season. Los Angeles is 4-3 against Eastern Conference teams entering Tuesday with a -3.4 ppg scoring differential (113.3 ppg for, 116.7 ppg against) this season.

The Lakers are 6th in the league in scoring offense as they put up 109.9 points per game. Los Angeles is 13th in rebounding with 45.8 boards per contest and 8th in assists with 23.9 per game. The Lakers stand 29th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 113.4 points per night. LeBron James is second the team with 22.8 points, five rebounds and 6.1 assists per contest this season. Anthony Davis contributes 24.6 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks a night while Russell Westbrook chips in 19.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 8.7 assists per contest. Carmelo Anthony (15.2 points, 4.1 boards) is also averaging in double figures. Malik Monk, Wayne Ellington, Talen Horton-Tucker, Austin Reaves, Avery Bradley, DeAndre Jordan, Kent Bazemore, Dwight Howard and Rajon Rondo are among the other pieces in Frank Vogel’s rotation. The Lakers are 9th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 46.1% as a team. Los Angeles is 19th in the league with 11.6 triples per game while standing 12th in three-point shooting by shooting 34.8% from downtown. James (abdominal) missed eight games before returning to action on November 19 against the Celtics. He served a one-game suspension for an altercation with Isaiah Stewart of Detroit in Sunday’s game but is eligible to return here. Trevor Ariza (ankle), Reaves and Kendrick Nunn (ankle/knee) are all out.

Indiana Pacers Seek Third Straight Win

Indiana cruised past Chicago on the road in their previous contest to put a second straight win in the books. The Pacers are fourth in the Central Division entering Tuesday night, 6.5 games behind the Bulls for the division lead. Against the Bulls, Indiana used a 14-0 first quarter run to take control of the game and didn’t look back. The Pacers were up 15 after the opening quarter, by 21 at the half and by as many as 35 in the second half en route to the victory. Indiana shot 44.4% from the field, including 13 of 31 from three-point range, and limited the Bulls to 36.5% from the floor in the game. Domantas Sabonis led the Pacers with 21 points and 11 rebounds in the win.

For the year, Indiana is 16th in the league in scoring offense with 107.3 points per game this season. The Pacers are 12th in rebounding with an average of 45.8 boards a night while they are 14th in assists by dishing out 23.4 dimes per contest. Indiana is 12th in scoring defense as they allow an average of 105.3 points per game on the year. Domantas Sabonis is second on the team with 17.9 points plus 11.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. Malcolm Brogdon (20.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 6.1 assists), Chris Duarte (13.1 points), Caris LeVert (14.2 points) and Myles Turner (12.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.1 blocks) are averaging in double figures. Oshae Brissett, Jeremy Lamb, Justin Holiday, T.J. McConnell and Torrey Craig are other rotation pieces for Indiana. The Pacers are 8th in the league in field goal percentage as they are shooting 46.2% from the floor as a team. Indiana is 12th in the league in threes per game as they splash 12.2 per contest and the team is 15th by shooting 34.5% percent from beyond the arc on the year. T.J. Warren continues to recover from foot surgery that cost him all but four games a season ago and is expected to be out until at least last December.

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The Lakers are playing the second game of a back-to-back situation here and they have had their struggles on the road. Los Angeles still has to come up with more cohesion on the offensive end as it’s tough to share the ball with three superstars that feel they should have the rock on every possession. Indiana has played better of late after a slow start and just buried Chicago on the road in their previous contest. Given the way that the Lakers have looked on the road and their poor defensive metrics, you have to fade them here. Look for the Pacers to make it three straight wins to head to the Thanksgiving holiday with momentum on their side.

Prediction: Indiana Pacers -4.5

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Los Angeles has seen the over post a 9-7-1 mark in their 17 games as they have issues on the defensive end of the floor. The Lakers are playing at the league’s second-fastest tempo, averaging 102.1 possessions a night entering Tuesday’s action. Indiana has seen the under hit in 13 of their 19 games in regard to the total this season going into Friday’s game. The Pacers are 19th in the league in tempo as they average 97.9 possessions per contest. Facing the Lakers has to be a benefit for the Pacers, who saw the moribund Pistons hang 116 points against them Sunday. Look for the Pacers to run all over the Lakers and push this one over the number.

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Written By Chris King , "Chris King"

Chris King has been immersed in the world of professional and collegiate sports for more than three decades. Whether it's playing pickup games or being involved in organized sports to being a fan, he's checked all the boxes. From the NFL to arena football, the NHL to the KHL, the NBA to the WNBA to college hoops, and even MLB to the KBO.  If it's out there, he's covered it and bet on it as well, as Chris has been an expert bettor in his career.  Before joining Winners and Whiners back in 2015, his work appeared around the internet and in print. He's written books for Ruckus Books about college basketball, the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, golf, and the World Cup. If you're looking for the inside track on hitting a winner, do yourself a favor and read what Chris has to say.