Indiana Pacers face Los Angeles Lakers

November 30, 2010 NBA Basketball

Basketball betting favors the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday as they host the Indiana Pacers.

You might think that the Lakers would own the Pacers since Los Angeles is the far superior team but actually the Lakers have only won six of the last ten against the Pacers and they are just 5-5 against the NBA betting point spread.

Basketball betting did have the Lakers routing the Pacers in late January at Indiana by a score of 118-96.  That is the type of score you would expect in this game but the Lakers don’t always cover the spread at home.  The last time they hosted Indiana was just over a year ago and Los Angeles barely pulled out a 121-119 win.  What has happened though is that the last three meetings between the teams have gone over the NBA betting total.

Basketball betting has this as the 73rd meeting between the two franchises with the Lakers leading the all-time series 53-19. At Staples Center, the Lakers are 10-0 all-time against Indiana in the regular season and 3-0 in the playoffs. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 13-6 against Indiana in the regular season and 4-2 in the playoffs. In 24 career games (21 starts), Kobe Bryant is averaging 24.9 points per game against the Pacers. Pau Gasol is averaging 21.2 points per game against Indiana.

Indiana has lost four of their last five against the basketball betting point spread against teams from the Pacific Division.  The Pacers are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings at Los Angeles. The Lakers are 0-3-1 vs. the NBA betting line in their last 4 home games.

Eight of the last eleven Indiana games against the Western Conference have gone over the basketball betting total. On the other side, the last five Los Angeles home games have gone under. Eight of the last ten in this series at Los Angeles have gone under in NBA betting.

The Pacers are coming off a basketball betting win on Saturday as they beat the Bulls.  Danny Granger had 30 points in that game.  When Granger has a big game the Pacers are capable of staying in games but there is not much surrounding him and that is why Indiana struggles most of the time in basketball betting.  They are just 13-17 against the spread on the road this season.

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