Last night, the Boston Bruins answered the question of if the best team in hockey would lose four-straight games, emphatically defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs, while the Utah Jazz narrowly defeated the Toronto Raptors. However, we took the underdog Buffalo Sabres to defeat the second-best team in hockey, the Carolina Hurricanes.
Checking the scoreboard, and that one didn’t go so well for us at all. With the Sabres’ loss, we are now 0-4 on our weekly parlays but 6-5-1 on our individual picks.
However, we look ahead to the NBA schedule to build our same-game parlay for Thursday night. The last same-game parlay we constructed featured one LA team, and we went 2-1 with those picks. Today we look to the other LA squad in purple and gold for our parlay.
Los Angeles Lakers over Indiana Pacers (-115)
The Los Angeles Lakers and Indiana Pacers enter Thursday night with identical 24-28 records.
The Lakers won their last game against the New York Knicks 129-123 in overtime but have lost three of the last five games. The Lakers are 5-5 in the last ten games and are expecting Anthony Davis back in the lineup soon.
The Pacers lost their last game 112-100 to the Memphis Grizzlies, extending their losing streak to three. Indiana has lost four of the last five games and is 1-9 in the last ten games. However, Indiana did with the first meeting this season, grabbing a 116-115 victory on November 28, 2022.
Statistically, the Lakers are the more efficient shooting team, the better rebounding team, and the better defensive team overall.
We’ll take the Lakers to win on the moneyline.
Los Angeles Lakers -1.5 over Indiana Pacers (-110)
The Pacers have a 2-8 ATS record in the last ten games and a 27-25 ATS record overall. The Pacers are 0-4 ATS following a loss of more than ten points in their last game.
The Lakers might be 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in Indiana and 2-6 in the last eight games overall, but they have covered the spread in three of the last four games and have a 7-3 ATS record in the last ten.
With such a narrow spread and our pick of the Lakers on the moneyline, we’re taking the Lakers to cover the -1.5 spread.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Indiana Pacers Under 240.5 (-110)
The total points line is set to 240.5 points, which is a lot of points, even with offensive basketball dominating the league.
The Lakers have a 28-24-0 over/under record and are 4-6 over/under in the last ten. The Pacers have a 25-26-1 over/under record and are 5-5 over/under in the last ten games.
However, when faced with a spread of 238.5 points or higher, Indiana is 2-2 over/under, while Los Angeles is 0-4 over/under. We’re taking the under as 241 points is a lot of points, and neither team is especially good facing such a high total points line recently.
All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!
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