NBA Picks: Lakers vs. Pacers

Jordan Sharp

Friday, March 15, 2013 1:05 PM UTC

Friday, Mar. 15, 2013 1:05 PM UTC

The Pacers are favored tonight against a Kobe-less Lakers. But even without Bryant, the Lakers are far from, do we take Indiana and the points or lay with the Lakers?

NBA Picks: Lakers vs. Pacers

Only a few days after Kobe Bryant went down with a bad ankle injury, the Lakers have to travel into Indiana to play the Pacers this evening, possibly without their future Hall of Fame shooting guard. Accordingly, the Pacers come into this game as a -9 ½ favorite on the NBA odds boards, with a total of 190 points.

I’m not betting that Bryant plays this evening. Take a look at the picture of his ankle after the game and you’ll know what I’m talking about. I understand that Kobe has superpowers, but he is at least going to have to miss a few games. Even if he does somehow play tonight, he will be nowhere near 100%, and probably in a ton of pain.

LA is already awful ATS on the road this season, and the Pacers are one of the better home teams ATS as well. Plus, potentially without Bryant this evening, the Lakers’ 101 points per game allowed is going to look a lot worse if he misses the game.

That’s why I’m siding with the Pacers in this one. However, I’m also liking their team total tonight, which will likely bee around 100 points. The Pacers play very well on offense when at home, and with the Lakers playing zero defense on the road this season, I like the Pacers’ team total as well. Indiana has also covered the last two times these two have played, including once earlier this season in LA, where the Pacers won the game outright.

The Pacers have been playing a lot better, and a big reason why has been the offensive emergence of Roy Hibbert, finally. After looking like a one-hit wonder, Hibbert has come on recently and along with the other Pacers tonight, they will be WAY too much for a Lakers team competing potentially without Bryant. I’m laying the points, and betting the Pacers go north of 100 points for tonight's NBA Picks.

My Picks: Pacers -9 ½ and OVER 100 ½ TT at bovada


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