The NBA In-Season Tournament Final is set to take place, with the Los Angeles Lakers facing the Indiana Pacers. This highly anticipated game will be aired at 8:30 p.m. EST on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Both teams went undefeated in tournament group play, with the Lakers earning the number one seed in the West and the Pacers grabbing the second seed in the East. Currently, the Lakers hold the fourth position in the West with a 14-9 record, while the Pacers are tied for fifth in the East at 12-8.
The Pacers are coming off a strong performance against the Milwaukee Bucks, securing a 128-119 victory. Tyrese Haliburton led the team with 27 points, 15 assists, and seven rebounds, showcasing his impressive skills. Additionally, Myles Turner delivered a strong effort with 26 points and 10 boards. Despite their success, the Pacers’ defense has been a concern, as they are currently ranked 27th in the league, resulting in a 16-4 record hitting the over this season.
On the other hand, the Lakers easily defeated the New Orleans Pelicans with a score of 133-89. LeBron James displayed an outstanding performance, becoming the first player in NBA history to achieve at least 30 points, five assists, and five rebounds in under 23 minutes of playing time. The Lakers’ defense has been a standout feature, ranking second in the league in defensive rating over the last ten games.
The game is crucial for both teams, with Haliburton aiming to secure a significant win at the NBA level, and LeBron James prioritizing a victory in the first-ever NBA In-Season Tournament Final for the Lakers this season. The Pacers will be without Andrew Nembhard, while the Lakers are expected to miss guard Gabe Vincent.
In terms of betting trends, both teams have a successful track record in covering the spread, with the Lakers hitting the Under in eight of their last 12 games. Considering player prop trends, performances from players like LeBron James, Obi Toppin, D’Angelo Russell, and Myles Turner are noteworthy.
Wagers to consider include Anthony Davis for +2.5 blocks at +100 odds, Buddy Hield for +2.5 threes at -135 odds, and a combination of bets in a Same Game Parlay (SGP) at +685 odds, indicating a potential exciting outcome for the game.