In one of six games on Saturday, the Los Angeles Lakers will play the Indiana Pacers at 1:00 p.m. ET. The last time these two teams played each other, the Lakers won 105-100 over the Pacers at Staples Center on Mar. 12.
The Lakers are coming into this matinee matchup on a three-game winning streak, which includes a 124-122 victory over the Houston Rockets Wednesday night. Los Angeles has a record of 5-5 in their last 10 games and only a half-game behind the Portland Trail Blazers for sixth place in the West.
Meanwhile, the Pacers saw their mini two-game winning streak snapped by the Milwaukee Bucks in a 142-133 defeat on Thursday night. Indiana has their playoff spot secure, unlike the Lakers as they are the ninth seed in the play-in tournament. The Pacers are also 4-6 in their last 10 games. We’ll go over some ideal picks on DraftKings Sportsbook centered around the game here.
Update: Aaron Holiday (toe) and Domantas Sabonis are out. Caris LeVert will play. LeBron James (ankle) and Dennis Schroder (health and safety protocols) are both playing.
Pick ATS: Lakers -7
The line for Saturday afternoon’s game is currently set at seven points, with the Lakers listed as the road favorite. Los Angeles still has a chance to not be in the play-in tournament, only being a half-game behind the Trail Blazers for the sixth spot. Portland took the season series from the Lakers (2-1) and finishes up the season on Sunday against the Denver Nuggets. Los Angeles has a lot of names on the injury report heading into today’s game as LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Alex Caruso are all listed as questionable. James, who has been dealing with a high ankle sprain, was reportedly set to play on Wednesday. The Lakers are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games versus teams from the East. Los Angeles also has a record of 17-16-1 against the spread away from Staples Center.
The Pacers are currently sitting in ninth place in the play-in tournament, but share the same record as the Charlotte Hornets, who are in the eighth spot. Indiana will try to win their last two games to hopefully move up in the play-in tourney and hold off the Wizards. But it will not be easy as Domantas Sabonis and Caris LeVert are both listed as questionable. Brogdon is still out with a hamstring injury. Meanwhile, Indiana is 4-1 ATS in their last five games and 4-1 against the spread in the last five home games. The Pacers are also 1-4 ATS in their last five games against teams from the West, but 12-23 ATS at home this season.
Player Prop: TBD player props have not been posted yet for either team.
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