Los Angeles Lakers vs Indiana Pacers Prediction, 5/15/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Indiana Pacers
Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
TV: Bally Sports Indiana
The Indiana Pacers (33-37) host the Los Angeles Lakers (40-30) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday.
The Los Angeles Lakers took the court against the Houston Rockets and walked away with a win by a score of 124-122 in their last game. Los Angeles finished the contest with a 57.1% field goal percentage (52 of 91) and made 7 out of their 20 3-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Lakers knocked down 13 of their 22 shots for a rate of 59.1%. Pertaining to grabbing rebounds, they earned 41 with 8 of them being offensive. They also dished out 28 assists for the contest in addition to creating 15 turnovers and earning 8 steals. In terms of defense, Los Angeles allowed the other team to shoot 50.6% from the floor on 43 out of 85 shooting. Houston dished out 33 dimes and had 7 steals in this contest. Furthermore, Houston pulled down 41 boards (8 offensive, 33 defensive) and added 3 blocks. Houston finished the game at 66.7% from the charity stripe by converting 18 of 27 attempts. They made 18 of 42 attempts from long range.
Talen Horton-Tucker is one player who was important for the contest. He ended up with 23 points on 9 of 16 shooting. He saw the court for 36:43 mins and snagged 2 boards. Horton-Tucker went 56.3% from the field and totaled 10 dimes. Another guy that was a factor in this matchup for the Lakers was Andre Drummond. He grabbed 10 rebounds in 21:45 minutes on the court. He finished 69.2% from the floor for the matchup by going 9-of-13 (20 points). When the final whistle was blown, Drummond had 2 assists.
Los Angeles enters this game with a win-loss record of 40-30 on the season. They currently have an average of 109.4 points per outing (23rd in the NBA) while going 47.2% from the field. The Lakers are shooting 35.4% on three-point shots (774 of 2,184) and 73.9% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Los Angeles is collecting 44.3 boards per game and has accounted for 1,720 assists on the campaign, which is 15th in basketball in terms of passing. They turn it over 15.3 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 19.2 fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on the defensive end, the Lakers are able to force 15.2 turnovers per game while drawing 21.3 personal fouls. They are giving up 35.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 2nd in basketball in points per game allowed (106.8). The Lakers defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 45.9% (1,061 of 1,489) and they concede 42.0 boards per contest as a unit. They currently rank 13th in basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,722 conceded for the campaign.
In their last game, the Indiana Pacers took a defeat with a final score of 142-133 against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Pacers earned 28 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive boards for a total of 40 in the matchup. They gave up possession of the ball 7 times, while earning 6 steals in this game. The Bucks committed 10 fouls for the contest which got the Pacers to the charity stripe for 15 shots. They were able to bury 12 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 80.0%. When it comes to 3-point shots, Indiana converted 21 of their 43 tries (48.8%). In all, the Pacers shot 50 out of 110 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 45.5%. The Pacers allowed the Bucks to convert 54 of their 94 attempts from the field which had them at 57.4% in this matchup. They wrapped up this game 36.7% from three-point range by going 11 out of 30 and ended up shooting 23 of 31 at the free throw line (74.2%). When discussing team rebounding, Indiana permitted Milwaukee to grab 51 overall (10 on the offensive glass).
Justin Holiday was important for the Pacers for the matchup. He buried 9 of 14 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 64.3%, and accumulated 5 rebounds. Holiday tallied 26 points in his 38:33 minutes on the hardwood and accumulated 5 dimes in this game. One more player who came through for Indiana was T.J. McConnell. He ended up finishing with 7 assists in his 44:32 minutes on the hardwood, and he shot 10 of 19 from the floor. McConnell wrapped this one up going 52.6% from the field while also notching 23 points and 5 rebounds.
Indiana has a mark of 33-37 for the campaign. Indiana has scored 8,062 points so far this year (115.2 per game) and they pull down 42.7 rebounds per game. The Pacers commit 20.2 fouls per game and they go 79.3% from the free throw line. When it comes to offensive execution, the Pacers are connecting on 47.3% from the floor, which is 11th in the NBA. They are earning an assist 27.3 times per game (2nd in the league) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.6 times per contest. The Pacers on the defensive end are ranked 25th in basketball in PPG allowed with 115.3. They are forcing 14.9 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 46.9% from the field (17th in basketball). The Indiana defense surrenders 36.6% on shots from 3-point land (805 of 2,198) and their opponents are making 78.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have conceded 26.2 dimes and 46.8 boards per game, which is 28th and 25th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Indiana
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