Los Angeles Lakers at Indiana Pacers NBA Odds, Prediction, and Pick for November 24

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13 games populate the NBA slate for Wednesday. Thanksgiving is an off day around the league, while basketball will return to your TV on Friday with another 12-game schedule. All but four teams are in action tonight, so you certainly have plenty of hoops action to whet that betting appetite.

The struggling Los Angeles Lakers will play for the second time in as many nights when they take on the Pacers in Indiana. LA is set to get LeBron James back into the lineup after he served his one-game suspension in Tuesday’s loss to the Knicks. BetOnline has Los Angeles listed as four-point road underdogs in this one, which also features an over/under of 218 points.

Lakers vs. Pacers Betting Odds

Teams Point Spread Moneyline Total
Los Angeles Lakers +4 (-110) +140 Over 218 points (-110)
Indiana Pacers -4 (-110) -160 Under 218 points (-110)

Lakers

Just about everybody expected some sort of growing pains for the new-look Lakers this season. You don’t overhaul the roster the way they did over the summer and gel right away. However, the clock is likely ticking on just how much patience the team’s brass has left. LA’s discouraging 106-100 loss in New York last night dropped the Lakers to just 9-10 on the young season. That would still be good enough for a play-in berth if the season ended today, but this team entered the campaign with championship aspirations.

Of course, getting James back into the lineup should help. LeBron has played just twice since November 3, and he’s already missed a total of 11 games for three different reasons. He sustained an ankle injury earlier in the year that cost him a couple of games before a recent abdominal injury sidelined him for about two weeks. Tuesday’s suspension came after he was ejected for just the second time in his career in Sunday’s win over the Pistons. James got into a tussle with Detroit’s Isaiah Stewart in that one.

The Lakers are 5-3 with James in the lineup so far this season. Frank Vogel has been tasked with trying to figure out how to make the trio of LeBron, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook work offensively. Westbrook had arguably his best game as a Laker in Tuesday’s setback, but Russ has largely taken a backseat offensively whenever James has been healthy enough to play. Davis, meanwhile, had a mediocre game on Tuesday night as he reportedly battled flu-like symptoms.

Teams with high expectations that get off to poor starts tend to see terrible against-the-spread results early in the year. The Lakers, as you may expect, are no exception. LA is just 6-13 ATS so far this year, which is easily one of the worst records in the entire league. That includes a 2-5 mark away from Staples Center.

Pacers

The Pacers are a team caught in between contending and rebuilding. Indiana has been a consistent playoff team over the past decade or so, but it’s been quite a while since anyone viewed the Pacers as real title threats. Indiana parted ways with the unpopular Nate Bjorkgren after last season, and he was replaced with Rick Carlisle, who returns for a second stint on the team’s bench. The early results haven’t been great, however, as Indiana is off to an 8-11 start and is currently on the outside looking in on the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

Just a couple of games ago, Carlisle unceremoniously benched all five of the Pacers’ starters in the third quarter of their game against Charlotte. The bench ultimately rallied to turn the final score into a more respectable one, but the starters seemed to get the message. The Pacers have rattled off back-to-back convincing wins ever since. Indy rocked the Pelicans 111-94 before a very convincing 109-77 trouncing of the Bulls in their most recent game on Monday night.

Indiana has talent, and it’s finally time they start to play up to that talent. Malcolm Brogdon has played quite well this season, averaging 20.9 points, 6.1 assists, and 6.1 rebounds per game while ranking second on the team in usage. Former All-Star Domantas Sabonis is one of a handful of players around the league averaging a double-double (17.9 points, 11.1 rebounds), while Myles Turner is giving Indiana stellar defensive play around the rim. The former Texas Longhorn is averaging 3.4 blocks per game this season.

Indiana is 10-9 against the spread so far this year, including a 5-2 mark on their home floor. Indiana actually has a plus-2 point differential, so they’re likely not quite as bad as their early-season record indicates. The Pacers are 5-8 against teams with winning records, while they’re just 3-3 against sub-.500 clubs.

Lakers vs. Pacers NBA Pick

The Lakers finally showed some fight in Tuesday’s defeat. LA trailed by as many as 21 points in the first half before they ultimately rallied to give the Knicks a sweat. They fell short in the end, but perhaps they can build some momentum heading into tonight’s game. The Pacers have played well in their last two contests, but this team has been remarkably inconsistent so far this year.

It’s a bit surprising to see the Pacers listed as four-point favorites in this one. Indiana should be the fresher of the two teams, but I’d expect LeBron to come into this one as motivated as ever to try and help the Lakers get out of their rut. I think this is a good opportunity to buy-low on the Lakers now that oddsmakers have finally adjusted to their ragged start. LA’s +140 moneyline odds offer quite a bit of upside. LA will get back into the win column tonight in Indianapolis.

Pick: Lakers
Odds: +140
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Lakers vs. Pacers Betting Recap:

  • Oddsmaker: BetOnline
  • Moneylines: Lakers +140, Pacers -160
  • Point spread: Lakers +4 (-110), Pacers -4 (-110)
  • Over/Under: Over 218 points (-110), Under 218 points (-110)
  • Prediction: Lakers (+140)
Taylor Smith

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