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#2573 Los Angeles Clippers vs.
#2574 Indiana Pacers
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 7:35pm EDT
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Written by Chris Kubala

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It’s an interconference clash on the parquet floor in the Hoosier State. The LA Clippers are on the road as they travel to face the Indiana Pacers Tuesday night. LA comes in off a 131-124 home victory over Detroit in their previous contest on Sunday night. Indiana knocked off Memphis 132-125 on the road Sunday night in their latest game. In the all-time regular season series between the teams, the Pacers own a 56-35 advantage but the Clippers have taken the last three meetings. That includes a 129-96 blowout win at home in the first meeting between the teams this season back on January 17.

LA Clippers Look to Extend Season-Best Win Streak

LA ran their win streak to a season-high five games as they knocked off Detroit in their previous contest. The Clippers entered Monday second in the Pacific Division race, 1.5 games behind the Suns for the top spot in the division. In the Western Conference playoff picture, the team stands third, four games behind the Jazz for the top spot and 6.5 games ahead of 7th-place Dallas for a guaranteed playoff spot. Against Detroit, LA trailed by five after one quarter and led by one at the half. The Clippers were down 10 with four minutes to play in the third quarter and cut the deficit to five after three quarters. In the fourth quarter, the game was even with 6:20 to play before the Clippers reeled off a 13-4 run over the next 4:44 to go up 123-114 with 1:36 to play en route to the win. LA shot a blistering 62.5% from the floor, including 15 of 26 from three-point range, and overcame allowing Detroit to shoot 52.9% in the game. Paul George led the Clippers with 32 points and nine assists in the victory.

For the year, the Clippers are 4th in the league in scoring offense with an average of 115.1 points per game. LA is 16th in rebounding with 44.1 boards a night while they stand 17th in assists by handing out 24.4 per game. The Clippers are 6th in the league in scoring defense as they give up an average of 108.3 points a night. Paul George is second on the team with 23 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists a night. Kawhi Leonard kicks in a team-leading 26 points, 6.6 rebounds and five assists a game while Serge Ibaka adds 10.9 points plus 6.7 boards a contest. Ivica Zubac, Rajon Rondo, Nicolas Batum (8.5 points, five rebounds), Luke Kennard, Patrick Beverley, Reggie Jackson (10 points) and Marcus Morris Sr. (12.9 points) are key players in the rotation. LA is 4th in field goal percentage as they shoot 48.6% from the floor as a team. The Clippers are fifth by knocking down 14.5 three-pointers a night while they are first in the league by drilling a sizzling 42.1% of their long-range attempts.

Beverley (hand) is expected to evaluated in late April or early May while Ibaka (back) won’t play during this three-game road swing.

Indiana Pacers Seek to Maintain Momentum

Indiana won their third straight and their fourth in the last five games as they knocked off Memphis on the road Sunday night. The Pacers entered Monday second in the Central Division, 7.5 games behind the Bucks. In the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the team stood ninth, five games ahead of 11th-place Toronto to stay on the right side of the cut line. Against Memphis, Indiana led nearly wire-to-wire as they had a 14-point lead after the opening quarter and by as many as 18 in the third quarter only to see the Grizzlies charge back within one with 1:06 to play. The Pacers clamped down, scoring the game’s final six points to earn the win. Indiana shot 52.5% from the field, including 13 of 37 from three-point range, and held a 53-50 edge on the glass. Caris LeVert led the Pacers with 34 points in the victory.

For the year, Indiana is 11th in the league in scoring offense with 113.5 points per game this season. The Pacers are 29th in rebounding with an average of 42.1 boards a night while they are fourth in assists by dishing out 27 dimes per contest. Indiana is 20th in scoring defense as they allow an average of 113.7 points per game on the year. Malcolm Brogdon leads the team with 21.2 points plus 5.9 assists per game this season. Domantas Sabonis puts up 19.8 points plus 11.5 boards and 6.1 assists per contest. Jeremy Lamb (10.1 points), T.J. Warren (15.5 points), Myles Turner (12.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.5 blocks), Doug McDermott (13.3 points), Caris LeVert (17.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, five assists) and Justin Holiday (11 points) each average in double figures. Aaron Holiday and T.J. McConnell are other rotation pieces for Indiana. The Pacers are 11th in the league in field goal percentage as they are shooting 47.3% from the floor as a team. Indiana is 19th in the league in threes per game as they splash 12.4 per contest and the team is 16th by shooting 36.3% percent from beyond the arc on the year.

Warren is out indefinitely after undergoing foot surgery: he is expected to miss the rest of the year. Turner missed Sunday’s game with an ankle injury and is day-to-day so keep an eye on his status heading into game time.

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This one is going to be a clash between a pair of teams that have had some positive momentum coming into this contest. The Clippers have won a season-high five in a row while Indiana has won three straight and four of their previous five games. LA is a tough team with plenty of depth to back up their superstar duo of George and Leonard. Meanwhile, the Pacers are playing well of late but they could be without Turner here. That could be problematic, especially since Indiana struggles on the glass even with him in the mix. LA is a dangerous offensive team and that carries them to a sixth straight victory here.

Prediction: LA Clippers -3

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LA is fourth in the league in scoring offense though they actually can play capable defense. The Clippers are just 28th in tempo as they average 96.9 possessions per contest this season. LA makes up for their slow tempo by shooting the lights out on a regular basis. Indiana is 7th in the league in tempo with 100.3 possessions per game. Both teams are above average on the offensive end of the floor. In the first meeting this season, we saw the teams combine for 225 points though it was a one-sided affair. With missing pieces on both sides and the Clippers’ solid defensive work, this one ends up under the number.

Prediction: Under 231
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