The Indiana Pacers will be put to the test when they host the defending champion LA Lakers this week. Diamond Sportsbook International (DSI) has the NBA covered with the latest odds and wagering opportunities on every game.
The Pacers are hovering right around .500 on the year, but have already showed signs of vastly improving from a year ago. One of the games that stood out on the young season for the Pacers was a 95-92 win against the Lakers in LA in November. The Lakers and the Heat are two top tier teams that the Pacers have beaten this year, but the win over the Lakers is the most impressive.
The Pacers dynamic duo of Roy Hibbert and Danny Grangers were unstoppable against the Champs. Hibbert had 24 points and 12 rebounds, and Granger added 18 points for the Pacers in the upset victory. The Pacers were up by as many as 15 points and held off Kobe Bryant and the Lakers for a monumental win for a young team. The Pacers earned just their fifth road win over the Lakers in 38 trips.
Bryant had 41 points and missed two three point baskets late in the game that would have completed a comeback. Now the Lakers hit the road looking for revenge and Bryant will go out of his way to take down the Pacers. That night some of the Lakers were dealing with the flu so it left Los Angeles with just 11 players in uniform. For this contest against the Pacers they will be well rested and ready to go.
The game against the Pacers will mark the fourth game of a six game road trip for the Lakers and it will be the second of a back-to-back as they will have played the Washington Wizards in the previous evening. It will be interesting to see if the Lakers will be road weary and struggle against the Pacers and if they found a way to stop Hibbert and Granger.
The Lakers are 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record, 0-6 ATS in their last six road games, and 0-4 in the last four games overall. The Pacers are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games and 18-7-2 ATS in their last 27 games playing on 1 days rest.
Another win for the Pacers will solidify their improvement in the past year and will be a great statement for a young team searching for an identity.