Monday, April 15 2024

The Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Lakers match up in the 2023 NBA In-Season Tournament final on Saturday evening. This game wraps up the inaugural event with a winner-take-all matchup at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Indiana is 12-8 overall this season, including back-to-back impressive wins over Boston and Milwaukee in the knockout round. Los Angeles is 14-9 overall and coming off wins over Phoenix and New Orleans.

Tipoff is at 8:30 p.m. ET in Las Vegas. For this game, SportsLine consensus lists Los Angeles as the 4.5-point favorite, while the over/under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 240.5 in the latest Lakers vs. Pacers odds. Before making any Pacers vs. Lakers picks, you need to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s advanced computer simulation model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past five-plus seasons. The model enters Week 7 of the 2023-24 NBA season on a sizzling 92-50 roll on all top-rated NBA picks dating back to last season, returning nearly $4,000. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Pacers vs. Lakers and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Lakers vs. Pacers:

  • Lakers vs. Pacers spread: Lakers -4.5
  • Lakers vs. Pacers over/under: 240.5 points
  • Lakers vs. Pacers money line: Lakers -188, Pacers +158
  • LAL: The Lakers are 11-12 against the spread this season
  • IND: The Pacers are 12-8 against the spread this season
  • Lakers vs. Pacers picks: See picks at SportsLine

Why the Lakers can cover

LeBron James and Anthony Davis lead a team that has been wildly impressive during the in-season tournament. The Lakers are unbeaten in tournament games, out-scoring opponents by more than 20 points per 100 possessions and leading the tournament in defensive rating (102.3). On offense, Los Angeles is shooting 50.6% from the field and 44.9% from 3-point range in tournament action, averaging 29.0 assists per game and securing 32.8% of available offensive rebounds. 

The Lakers also blasted the New Orleans Pelicans by 44 points on Thursday, shooting 55% from the field with 31 assists on offense and holding the Pelicans to 36% shooting and 23% from 3-point range. James was transcendent in that matchup, producing 30 points and eight assists in only 23 minutes of action while making all four 3-point attempts. The Lakers also maintain top-six marks in free throw creation, field goal percentage, 2-point percentage and points in the paint this season, while the Pacers land near the bottom of the NBA in myriad defensive categories. See which team to pick here.

Why the Pacers can cover

Indiana showcased an immense ceiling in an impressive win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday. The Pacers scored 128 points in that matchup, grabbing 15 offensive rebounds and dishing out 30 assists with only nine turnovers. Tyrese Haliburton led the way for Indiana in that game with 27 points, 15 assists, seven rebounds, and no turnovers, and he is one of the most dynamic offensive creators in the sport. Haliburton also produced a triple-double in the quarterfinal win over Boston, and he is averaging 26.9 points per game on 52.5% shooting and 44.1% from 3-point range in 2023-24. 

Haliburton also leads the league in assists, and his numbers are even better during the in-season tournament. He is averaging 27.8 points, 13.7 assists and only 1.8 turnovers per game in six contests. Haliburton is the engine of the NBA’s best offense this season, with Indiana scoring more than 1.23 points per possession. The Pacers also lead the league in assists (30.2 per game), points in the paint (59.8 per game), 2-point percentage (59.6%) and field goal percentage (50.8%) this season. See which team to pick here.

How to make Pacers vs. Lakers picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning Over on the point total, projecting 241 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in nearly 60% of simulations. You can only see the model’s pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Pacers vs. Lakers, and which side of the spread hits in nearly 60% of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Lakers vs. Pacers spread you need to jump on Saturday, all from the model that is on an 92-50 roll on top-rated NBA picks, and find out.  



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