Indiana Pacers vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, 3/12/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Indiana Pacers vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date: Friday, March 12, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet
Odds/Point Spread: Indiana (+4.5)
The Los Angeles Lakers (24-13) host the Indiana Pacers (16-19) at STAPLES Center on Friday. Indiana opens this game as 4.5-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 216.5.
The Indiana Pacers faced the Denver Nuggets and went home with a loss by a final score of 113-103 in their last contest. Indiana finished with a 45.6% FG percentage (41 out of 90) and knocked down 14 of their 39 three-point shots. At the free throw line, the Pacers made 7 of 12 tries for a rate of 58.3%. In the matter of grabbing boards, they earned 34 with 11 of them being offensive. They also doled out 27 assists for the contest while creating 19 turnovers and earning 12 steals. Regarding the defense, Indiana allowed 58.4% from the floor on 45 of 77 shooting. Denver recorded 27 assists and had 6 steals for the matchup. Additionally, Denver had 41 rebounds (6 offensive, 35 defensive) and added 3 rejections. Denver went 68.8% at the charity stripe by knocking down 11 of their 16 attempts. They converted 12 out of their 28 attempts from downtown.
Myles Turner is someone who was a contributor for this game. He accumulated 22 points on 9 of 14 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 38:14 mins played and also collected 12 rebounds. Turner finished shooting 64.3% from the field but wasn't able to get a dime. Another guy that was a major factor in this contest for the Pacers was Doug McDermott. He snagged 4 rebounds in his 29:39 min on the basketball court. He finished 61.5% from the field in this game by hitting 8-of-13 (20 points). When this game wrapped up, McDermott accounted for 1 assist.
Indiana steps onto the court with a record of 16-19 on the year. They cough up possession 13.8 times per contest and as a group they commit 20.2 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Indiana is collecting 41.6 rebounds per game and is sitting with 931 assists so far this season, which ranks 7th in the NBA in terms of passing. The Pacers are connecting on 36.3% on shots from downtown (424 of 1,169) and 78.2% from the charity stripe. They average 112.8 points per outing (15th in the NBA) while shooting 47.3% from the field. When they are on defense, the Pacers are forcing 15.6 turnovers every game and they draw 18.8 fouls. They surrender 38.1% from beyond the arc while they are 20th in the league in PPG allowed (112.5). The Pacers are allowing a shooting percentage of 46.9% (545 of 659) and they concede 44.7 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 20th in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 905 relinquished this season.
When they last played, the Los Angeles Lakers took a loss by a final score of 123-120 against the Sacramento Kings. The Lakers were able to corral 26 defensive rebounds and 15 offensive boards totaling 41 in this contest. They coughed up the ball 11 times, while earning 7 steals in the game. The Kings earned 19 personal fouls for the contest which took the Lakers to the charity stripe for 14 shots. They were able to convert 10 of them for a percentage of 71.4%. With respect to shooting from downtown, Los Angeles buried 12 of 27 attempts (44.4%). When the game finished, the Lakers finished the game shooting 49 out of 93 from the floor which gave them a rate of 52.7%. The Lakers permitted the Kings to convert 48 out of 80 attempts from the floor which had them at 60.0% in this matchup. They finished shooting 48.0% from 3-point land by going 12 of 25 and ended up going 15 of 19 at the charity stripe (78.9%). When talking about how they attacked the glass, Los Angeles allowed Sacramento to pull down 30 in total (6 on the offensive side).
Dennis Schröder pitched in for the Lakers for this game. He converted 11 out of 20 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 55.0%, and tallied 1 rebound. Schröder accumulated 28 points in his 34:01 minutes on the court and had 9 assists in the game. Another guy that was pivotal for Los Angeles was Kyle Kuzma. He left the arena with 3 dimes in 34:07 mins played, and he converted 10 out of 20 from the floor. Kuzma ended the game having shot 50.0% from the floor as well as contributing 25 points and 13 rebounds.
Los Angeles has a mark of 24-13 for the campaign. The Lakers are responsible for committing 18.9 fouls per contest and they hit 74.5% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 24.5 times per contest (17th in the league) and they are losing possession via turnover 15.1 times per game. Los Angeles has scored 4,121 points for the season (111.4 per game) and they snag 45.4 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Lakers are connecting on 48.1% from the floor, which ranks them 8th in the league. The Lakers are ranked 2nd in the NBA in points given up per game with 106.3. They have relinquished 25.0 assists and 41.6 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks 20th and 3rd in the league. The Los Angeles defense gives up 35.8% on shots from beyond the arc (432 of 1,208) and their opponents are connecting on 76.4% of their free throw shots. They are forcing 14.6 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 45.3% from the floor (6th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Indiana (+4.5)
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