The second-half of the NBA 2020/21 season is underway after the All-Star break with amazing matchups. Los Angeles Lakers clash with the Indiana Pacers in a game that promises to be eventful, with both sides taking the court again following a free weekend. Find out here how to watch the game, preview, information, predictions and odds.
LeBron James and his team have work to do after some disappointing results in the games that took place before the break. They have lost four in a row, then got back to winning ways again, but were defeated in the last two before the All-Star event. It's time to wake up for the Lakers and LeBron admits it, as he stated that his team would bounce back in this second-half of the season.
On the other hand, the Indiana Pacers are struggling in the difficult Eastern Conference, where many teams are fighting hard to get into the last playoffs spots. The team coached by Nate Bjorkgren face challenging months to compete for a place among the best eight.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Indiana Pacers: Match Information
Date: Friday, March 12, 2021
Time: 10:30 PM (ET)
Location: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles
Los Angeles Lakers vs Indiana Pacers: Time by State in the US
ET: 10:30 PM
CT: 9:30 PM
MT: 8:30 PM
PT: 7:30 PM
Los Angeles Lakers vs Indiana Pacers: Storylines
These two will meet for the first time this season. Both had high hopes for this campaign, but they are not going through similar paths right now. The defending champions are obviously among the top teams in the Western Conference, while the visitors are not even inside playoff spots at the moment.
However, the Lakers have suffered with Anthony Davis' injury in February, and since then, their level went down and struggled to get positive results. LeBron adressed that issue and made it clear that after the break he and his teammates would step up.
That situation doesn't make it any easier for the Pacers, who will face a title contender team that's in the need of getting victories as soon as possible. Moreover, taking into account Indiana's latest form, this clash seems even harder for them. Still, their record on the road has been quite good so far.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Indiana Pacers: Results
Los Angeles Lakers: 24-13 (11-8 at Home)
Indiana Pacers: 16-19 (9-8 on The Road)
Los Angeles Lakers vs Indiana Pacers: Lineups
Los Angeles Lakers:
LeBron James (PG)
Talen Horton-Tucker (SG)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (SF)
Markieff Morris (PF)
Marc Gasol (C)
Malcolm Brogdon (PG)
Justin Holiday (SG)
Doug McDermott (SF)
Domantas Sabonis (PF)
Myles Turner (C)
How to watch or live stream Los Angeles Lakers vs Indiana Pacers in the US
The game to be played between Los Angeles Lakers and Indiana Pacers in the 2020/21 NBA season will be broadcasted in the US by NBA TV, Spectrum SportsNet and Fox Sports Indiana.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Indiana Pacers: Predictions and Odds
Oddsmakers haven't placed their predictions yet as they may have found it too soon to tell. However, the hosts will probably be the favorites, as they are the defending champions and aim for a back-to-back title this season with LeBron James carrying the team.
Besides, FanDuel already sees Los Angeles Lakers as the biggest candidate to claim the trophy again this year, as they have given Frank Vogel's team odds of +280 to get the ring, ranking them as the No.1 contender. Meanwhile, a Indiana Pacers' fantastic run seems less likely, as they were given odds of +8500 to win the title.