Date: 15th May 2021
Time: 10:30 PM IST
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
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The LA Lakers have a legitimate chance of making it to the playoffs after Portland Trail Blazers lost their most recent game to Phoenix Suns. The LA Lakers are going to lock horns against already qualified Eastern Conference team, Indiana Pacers. With only a 0.006 gap, a win could place Los Angeles Lakers at the 6th spot in the Western Conference.
Taking about the particular matchup between Pacers and Lakers, the two teams play for the second time this season. The Lakers had defeated the Pacers 105-100 in their last matchup on March 12. Kyle Kuzma had led Lakers with 24 points, while Malcolm Brogdon had led Pacers scoring 29 points.
Indiana Pacers are averaging 122.3 points, 43.9 rebounds, 30.5 assists, 7.9 steals and 7 blocks per game while shooting 49.8% from the field. Whereas the LA Lakers are the best defensive team of the 2020-21 season and are averaging 107.7 points, 43.3 rebounds, 25.1 assists, 7.3 steals and 6 blocks per game while shooting 46.7% from the field.
With LeBron James and Anthony Davis both sidelined in the previous game against Houston Rockets and a Portland Trail Blazers’ slip, it is a fresh-looking chance to the defending champions to make it to the playoffs with a victory. Will LeBron James finally warm his legs up before the knockout stage? It remains to be seen. Currently on a 3-match winning streak, the Lakers would want to capitalize on this chance and finally rank ahead of the Trail Blazers.
Pacers vs Lakers - Probable Starting 5
Indiana Pacers - T.J McConnell, Justin Holiday, Oshae Brissett, Doug McDermott, Domantas Sabonis
LA Lakers - Anthony Davis, LeBron James, Andre Drummond, Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Point Guard: T.J. McConnell
Shooting Guard: Talen Horton Tucker
Small Forward: LeBron James, Justin Holiday
Power Forward: Domantas Sabonis, Anthony Davis
Center: Andre Drummond, Montrezl Harrell, Doug McDermott
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