Los Angeles Lakers vs. Indiana Pacers - 12/17/19 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Indiana Pacers
Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
TV: NBA TV
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles -3.5
Bankers Life Fieldhouse is the venue where Domantas Sabonis and the Indiana Pacers (18-9, 2nd in the Central Division) will take on the Los Angeles Lakers (24-3, 1st in the Pacific Division) on Tuesday. The line on this matchup has Los Angeles as 3.5 point favorites. The total is set at 218.
The Lakers cover 59.3% of the time, having gone 16-11-0 ATS. Indiana is covering 57.7% of the time, going 15-11-1 against the spread.
Key Los Angeles Lakers Injuries
12/15/2019 Kyle Kuzma PF Ankle Game Time Decision
8/15/2019 DeMarcus Cousins C Knee Expected to be out until at least May 15
Key Indiana Pacers Injuries
12/16/2019 Naz Mitrou-Long SG Ankle Game Time Decision
12/15/2019 JaKarr Sampson SF Back Game Time Decision
12/15/2019 Victor Oladipo SG Knee Expected to be out until at least Jan 5
Anthony Davis comes into this game averaging 27.4 points per contest while playing 34.7 minutes per night this year. He grabs 9.3 rebounds per contest and distributes 3.3 assists per game. His FG percentage is 50% while his free throw percentage is 86%. LeBron James averages 26.1 points per contest in 34.7 minutes per game. He averages 10.7 assists per game and 7.3 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 50% for the season while his free throw percentage is 68%.
Domantas Sabonis scores 17.7 points per contest while playing 34.4 minutes per game. He hauls in 13.5 rebounds per contest and has 3.8 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 51% and his free throw percentage is at 78%. Malcolm Brogdon averages 19.1 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 31.4 minutes per game. He also brings in 4.5 rebounds per game and has 7.7 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is 93%.
Useful Team Statistics
Los Angeles averages 111.8 points per contest, which is 16th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -1.7 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a unit, which has them ranked 9th. From 3-point territory they shoot 33%, which is good for 29th in the NBA. They average 46.6 boards per contest and 25.6 assists per game, which ranks them 6th and 11th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 2nd with 15.7 per game. The Lakers allow 113.5 points per contest, which is 21st in the NBA. They also surrender a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 9th and 13th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 46.9 rebounds a game which ranks 26th, and they allow 25.0 assists per game which puts them in 21st place in the league. They force 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 19th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Indiana is 22nd in the NBA with 108.0 points per contest this season. They are 4th in the league in shooting at 48%, while their average scoring margin is 3.33. They shoot 37% from beyond the arc, which is good for 5th in the league. They are 24th in the NBA in rebounding with 43.0 boards per contest and 9th in assists per game with 26.0. The Pacers are 21st in turnovers per contest with 13.7. The Pacers give up 104.7 points per game, which ranks them 1st in the league. Their defense surrenders a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 6th and 14th in those defensive statistics. They rank 13th with 24.5 dimes allowed per game and 5th with 43.7 boards surrendered per contest. The Pacers are 26th in the league in forcing turnovers with 15.7 per contest this year.
The Lakers are 24th in the NBA in offensive rating with 107.8, and their defensive rating of 109.5 is ranked 13th. In terms of pace they are 4th in the league with 103.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 15th. As a team they are 19th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shots, ranking 19th in the league. Los Angeles is 4th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.2 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 20th in the league.
Indiana is 16th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.1 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 18th in the league. The Pacers are 18th in the NBA in offensive rating with 109.9, and their defensive rating of 106.5 is ranked 3rd. In terms of pace they are 24th in the league with 98.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 10th. As a team they are 13th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 29% of their shots, ranking 29th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Lakers/Pacers NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Indiana +3.5
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