Pacers vs. Lakers Prediction
Will the Indiana Pacers cover the small point spread tonight when they visit the L.A. Lakers at 10:30 p.m. ET?
WHO ODDSMAKERS LIKE: Indiana. According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Lakers are 2-point home underdog versus the Pacers, who opened as 1-point road favorites. The total, meanwhile, hit the board at 214 but jumped to 215.
WHO PUBLIC BETTORS LIKE: Indiana. As of early Friday afternoon, 65% of the betting tickets and 91% of the money is on the Pacers to cover the spread tonight. As for the total, 64% of the betting tickets are on the over but 75% of the money is on the under.
INJURY REPORT: Myles Turner is out for the Pacers due to an elbow injury but Lance Stephenson (illness) is probable. For the Lakers, Lonzo Ball (knee) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) are both out, while Brandon Ingram (ankle) and Kyle Kuzma (hand) are both questionable.
WHO WE LIKE: Indiana. The Pacers are 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games overall, are 11-4 against the number in their last 15 games when playing an opponent with a winning percentage below .400, and are 6-1 at the betting window in their last seven road games versus a team with a home winning percentage of less than .400.
On the other side, the Lakers are just 2-8 at the betting window in their last 10 games coming off a loss. They’re also 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 games coming off a loss of more than 10 points and are 3-8 against the number in their last 11 games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
FRIDAY NBA PREDICTION: INDIANA PACERS -2