Indiana Pacers at LA Lakers
The Lakers show is back home again on a Sunday night for another performance.
With a 8-1 record at Staples Center this season, Lakers have won 11 straight games in Los Angeles against Indiana, their longest active home winning streak over an opponent. The Lakers, winners of 17 of the last 18 meetings in Los Angeles, last lost to the Pacers at home Feb. 14, 1999. They moved to Staples Center the following season. Los Angeles outscored Indiana by an average of 22.5 points in winning both games. Although both Bryant and Gasol played limited minutes, the 12-time All-Star shooting guard averaged 26.5 points and 6.5 assists while the 7-foot Spaniard averaged 17.5 points and 14.5 rebounds. Seems that Gasol will be the decisive factor again for the Lakers this season. His consistency and every game determination makes the Lakers one of the toughest teams under the rim.
Since Nov. 13, Indiana is 3-0 against opponents with losing records, but 1-3 against teams over .500. The Pacers’ lone victory over a winning team was a 93-77 win at Miami on Monday.
Indiana lost Friday despite having all five starters score in double figures for the first time this season, with Granger leading the way with 30 points. Granger, averaging a team-high 22.0 points, had little luck against the Lakers last season, scoring 23 points on 6-of-17 shooting in the two meetings.
A few statistics to consider:
Lakers are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Central.
Lakers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games as a favorite of 5.0-10.5.
Lakers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Favorite is 11-3 ATS in the last 14 meetings.
Home team is 11-3 ATS in the last 14 meetings.
Pacers are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles.
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