Pacers’ Offense Could Struggle Tuesday Vs. Lakers On No Rest

Monday, February 4, 2019 8:24 PM UTC

Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 8:24 PM UTC

Indiana will be coming off a Monday night road game, so do they have any chance of beating a healthier Los Angeles team on Tuesday? Let's find out, and bet confidently with tips from


<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Live Game Odds">L.A. Lakers (27-26 SU, 24-28-1 ATS) at Indiana (33-19 SU, 25-26-1 ATS)</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Tuesday, 7 p.m. ET</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free NBA Pick: 'Under'</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=Heritage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Heritage</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3569503, "sportsbooksIds":[169,999991,1275,238,93], "LineTypeId":3, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>After the loss of Victor Oladipo, the Pacers have steadied the ship a little bit, but a matchup with the Lakers on Tuesday is a tough game, especially considering the Pacers will be coming off a game in New Orleans just 24 hours earlier.</p><p>Despite what appears to be a tough travel schedule just a little more than a week before the All-Star break, the Pacers have been really good ATS when playing on no rest. They are 6-3 ATS this year playing on the second night of a back-to-back and while that is a somewhat unreliable figure based on the lack of a sample size, it is still impressive. Only the Raptors and Wizards have better ATS records this season when playing on the second game of consecutive nights.</p><p> </p><h2>Indiana Falling Off A Cliff</h2><p>Prior to Monday night, the Pacers had played five games without Oladipo and averaged less than 100 points per 100 possessions. Yes, four of the five games were on the road, but it does not make up for the fact that without Oladipo they have a lot of shortcomings on offense.</p><p>That doesn’t mean they can’t come out and beat the Lakers, or even cover the spread on the <a href="" title="Live NBA Odds">NBA odds board</a>, but the chances of them falling on their face against a rested LeBron James are higher than they usually should be.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;One thing Pacers fans will be watching is the standings the rest of the season. They've already slipped down to fifth, but the real question is can they hang on to a playoff spot and how high of a seed can they get if they do.&lt;/p&gt;— 8 Points, 9 Seconds (@8pts9secs) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;February 3, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2>The Sharp Pick</h2><p>While the Lakers are not without injury concerns, they are in a little better position for this game than the Pacers. For starters, they probably were scheduled to arrive in Indianapolis before the Pacers' Monday night tip-off. But beyond that, after James and Tyson Chandler sat out Saturday, the Lakers should be the much fresher team.</p><p>That could negate any potential injury to L.A.'s Ivica Zubac. He had inconclusive X-rays on his finger after Saturday’s game, but he played through the injury, so I don’t think anyone is panicking over it yet. Zubac has been playing tremendously well for the Lakers lately, so it’s not a small loss if he is out for Tuesday, or even longer.</p><p>A full stable for L.A. could improve a defense that has been good overall this season, but far from good lately. Despite still owning a strong defensive rating of 107.1, the Lakers have allowed 114.9 points per 100 possessions over their previous eight games.</p><p>Indiana has a very strong home defense this season and I don’t think that will change too much without Oladipo. With that in mind, I think we will see a defensive and slowed-down matchup between these two teams, so <a href="" title="Free NBA Picks">include the "under" in your NBA picks</a>. The Pacers are 7-2 cashing the "under" this season when playing on no rest, and being at home should help in what could be one of the bigger remaining games in Indianapolis this season. In fact, I have tickets to the game, so I’ll probably be sweating it out from the club level myself.</p><p><strong>Final score prediction: </strong>Lakers 108, Pacers 102</p>
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