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Pacers Try To Finish Long Road Trip On A Winning Note

Posted by Craig Parsons on 1/27/2014 8:29:21 PM

For the first time all season, the Indiana Pacers have truly looked tired and worn down. Can they gather up enough strength and focus to dispose of the Los Angeles Lakers?

Indiana Pacers @ Los Angeles Lakers – Tuesday, January 28      
Online sports betting line: Pacers -9.5

Why Indiana Will Win

While many sports bettors contemplate the ways in which the Super Bowl will become a more attractive play, the NBA community will be examining this game on Tuesday night. When NBA experts look at the Pacers, they are going to see a team that has struggled on its Western road trip, but they’re going to notice something specific about this contest: Indiana gets two full days off before facing the Lakers.

The Pacers played Saturday night at altitude in Denver, one night after playing a late overtime game in Sacramento against the Kings. The overtime game, coupled with the quick back-to-back turnaround and the reality of playing at a higher elevation above sea level, really hurt the Pacers in the Mile High City. It’s tough enough to win in Denver as it is, but especially when playing a string of road games and being forced to play the Nuggets on the back end of a two-day stretch. Now, though, the Pacers get ample rest for the Lakers. This should put them in position to do what they need to do. It’s worth noting that at the beginning of this road trip, when the Pacers had their legs under them, they held a potent Golden State offense to just 94 points. This team has stumbled for the first time all season, but it should definitely be able to rebound here.

It also has to be said that the Lakers have won just three times since Dec. 20. The realities of a shorthanded roster with a lot of “spare-parts” players are catching up with this team, which was never in a particularly good position to grab a playoff berth in a stacked Western Conference. The Pacers probably won’t even need to play their best to win this game.

Why Los Angeles Will Win

Many experts will think that the Pacers will overwhelm the Lakers. However, when people in the community size up this game, they will concede that the Pacers have played some of their worst defense of the season over their last three games. They have given up at least 109 points in each of those three games, and even when you account for the presence of an overtime period against Sacramento, the Pacers still gave up 103 points in regulation in that game. This is a team that has to show it can once again play good defense, because if it doesn’t, the Lakers – motivated to make a statement in the league – will play hard and give Indiana a tough battle. The Lakers will treat this game as something of a Super Bowl, you could say, a fitting reality during Super Bowl week.

Who Will Win

This is going to be a game in which Indiana reasserts itself against a weak opponent that just hasn’t put up much of a fight over the past five weeks.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Indiana

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