Wednesday, May 25 2022

Through 3 Quarters

The Los Angeles Lakers are just one quarter away from delivering their fans the win they’ve been expecting. Either team is in a position to win, but they lead against the Indiana Pacers 81-76.

Small forward LeBron James has led the way so far for Los Angeles, as he has 22 points and four assists in addition to eight rebounds. Indiana has been relying on point guard Malcolm Brogdon, who has 19 points and six assists along with four boards, and power forward Domantas Sabonis, who has 13 points and five assists in addition to seven rebounds. A double-double would be Sabonis’ third in a row.

This is the first time the Lakers have been ahead going into the fourth quarter in the past five games.

Who’s Playing

Indiana @ Los Angeles

Current Records: Indiana 15-29; Los Angeles 22-22

What to Know

The Indiana Pacers have been on the wrong side of a one-way rivalry with the Los Angeles Lakers and are hoping to record their first win since Aug. 8 of 2020. The Pacers will hit the road for the second straight game as they head to Crypto.com Arena at 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Los Angeles will be strutting in after a victory while Indiana will be stumbling in from a loss.

Indiana was within striking distance but couldn’t close the gap on Monday as they fell 139-133 to the Los Angeles Clippers. A silver lining for Indiana was the play of shooting guard Chris Duarte, who had 24 points and six assists in addition to seven boards. Duarte hadn’t helped his team much against the Phoenix Suns last week, so this was a nice turnaround for him.

Meanwhile, even if it wasn’t a dominant performance, the Lakers beat the Utah Jazz 101-95 on Monday. It was another big night for Los Angeles’ small forward LeBron James, who had 25 points and seven assists along with seven rebounds.

Indiana is expected to lose this next one by 5. However, those who like betting on the underdog should be happy to hear that they are 11-4 against the spread when expected to lose.

Indiana’s defeat took them down to 15-29 while Los Angeles’ victory pulled them up to 22-22. We’ll see if Indiana can steal the Lakers’ luck or if Los Angeles records another win instead.

How To Watch

  • When: Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Crypto.com Arena — Los Angeles, California
  • TV: Bally Sports Midwest – Indiana
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $47.00

Odds

The Lakers are a 5-point favorite against the Pacers, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Lakers as a 4.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Indiana have won seven out of their last 13 games against Los Angeles.

  • Nov 24, 2021 – Los Angeles 124 vs. Indiana 116
  • May 15, 2021 – Los Angeles 122 vs. Indiana 115
  • Mar 12, 2021 – Los Angeles 105 vs. Indiana 100
  • Aug 08, 2020 – Indiana 116 vs. Los Angeles 111
  • Dec 17, 2019 – Indiana 105 vs. Los Angeles 102
  • Feb 05, 2019 – Indiana 136 vs. Los Angeles 94
  • Nov 29, 2018 – Los Angeles 104 vs. Indiana 96
  • Mar 19, 2018 – Indiana 110 vs. Los Angeles 100
  • Jan 19, 2018 – Los Angeles 99 vs. Indiana 86
  • Jan 20, 2017 – Los Angeles 108 vs. Indiana 96
  • Nov 01, 2016 – Indiana 115 vs. Los Angeles 108
  • Feb 08, 2016 – Indiana 89 vs. Los Angeles 87
  • Nov 29, 2015 – Indiana 107 vs. Los Angeles 103

Injury Report for Los Angeles

  • Sekou Doumbouya: Out (Covid-19)
  • Anthony Davis: Out (Knee)
  • Kendrick Nunn: Out (Knee)

Injury Report for Indiana

  • T.J. Warren: Out (Foot)
  • Myles Turner: Out (Foot)
  • T.J. McConnell: Out (Wrist)

Source: CBSSports.com

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