The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off of a disappointing loss to the comeback kings, the Utah Jazz. The Indiana Pacers are also coming off a loss at home, falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder 110-106 in overtime after having a 14-point lead early in the third quarter. Followed by many turnovers, Indy failed to win the game afterward.
The Pacers are now 7-7 as they face the 13-3 Lakers. Indy needs to hope for the best in this game, as they have never won in Staples Center. According to Accu Score, Indiana has a 16-percent chance of winning this game while Los Angeles has a 84-percent chance of winning.
“There will be some tough times on the road,” coach Phil Jackson said after the loss to the Jazz, 102-96. “The road is not always easy out there.”
Los Angeles has won eleven straight games versus Indiana at home. The Pacers have had struggling times versus the teams in California on the road, but they are doing their best.
“Going out West, we feel we can play with any of them,” Indiana’s Danny Granger said. “We will give ourselves a chance to win.”
Indiana is 3-2 on the road and I am really hoping for a win here.
“We’re confident we can play with anybody,” said forward Josh McRoberts, who had a season-high 13 points versus the Thunder. “That’s not enough. You’ve got to go out and win against anybody.”
It’s going to be a tough game and Indy needs to guard Kobe Bryant well, who is averaging over 25 points per game. Danny Granger is expected to have a good night and I hope to see some good defense from Brandon Rush. Match-up of the night will be Roy Hibbert versus Pau Gasol. That is going to be very interesting.
I hope to see some good effort none the less from Indy.
Come on Pacers!