After losing big to the Phoenix Suns at home, the Indiana Pacers will take on the LA Clippers, who will be without Paul George or Kawhi Leonard.
These two teams have yet to play this season, and for this matchup, they will both be riddled with injury. Paul George has not played a game for the clippers since Dec. 22nd, 2021 – missing the last 12 games.
Goga Bitadze and Isaiah Jackson were assigned to the Mad Ants, but Goga did not play and is traveling with the team for tonight’s game. With Turner being out, he will likely get some meaningful minutes.
Isaiah Jackson played for the Mad Ants and played extremely well.
Justin Holiday was able to find his shot in the loss to the Suns. He led Indiana with 25 points, going 7-for-14 from 3-point range.
“That’s the thing we’re going to need to do right now is just continue to be positive, even when it’s hard. Because it doesn’t matter if things are going well for you or not, if you’re going to be negative and things are going to continue to bother you, you’re going to just add to it”, Holiday said on the team’s mindset.
Indiana Pacers at Clippers Odds, Spread, Over/Under & Betting Pick
The latest odds from WynnBET (sign up with this link) have the LA Clippers as -1.5 favorites at home against the Pacers. LA stands as a -125 moneyline favorite while Indiana is currently a +105 moneyline underdog.
The over/under for this contest has been set at 209.5.
Projected Pacers Starting Lineup Tonight
SF: Justin Holiday
PF: Domantas Sabonis
C: Torrey Craig
SG: Caris LeVert
PG: Malcolm Brogdon
Pacers: Malcolm Brogdon – Questionable Injury/Illness (Right Achilles Tendon), Jeremy Lamb – Questionable Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Sore McConnell, T.J. Out Injury/Illness – Right Wrist; Ligament Surgery, Myles Turner – Out Injury/Illness – Left Ankle/Foot, Warren, T.J. Out Injury/Illness
Clippers: Paul George – Out Injury/Illness – Right Elbow; Ulnar Collateral Ligament Tear
Keon Johnson – Out (G League – On Assignment), Luke Kennard – Doubtful (Return to Competition Reconditioning) Kawhi Leonard – Out Injury/Illness (Right Knee; ACL), Jason Preston – Out Injury/Illness – Right Foot, Justise Winslow – Questionable (Return to Competition Reconditioning)
Indiana Pacers vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction
The Pacers were almost at full strength before the injury bug would strike the starting five yet again. Malcolm Brogdon continues to battle a sore right Achilles and Myles Turner now has a sore foot that he will get a second opinion on during this road trip.
The Pacers will need rotation guys like Oshae Brissett and Keifer Sykes to step up for them – losing those two starters. Sykes is averaging 8.4 points per game and 2.9 assists since joining the Pacers.
He led the G-league in assists per game with 8.0, his distribution with the second unit or maybe even in the starting five will be a key factor against this Clippers team.
The Clippers will be without their two best players and have had an up and down season thus far. Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris have led the way without Kawhi or Paul, averaging 16 points per game each.
The Clippers however will be without Pacers’ killer Luke Kennard, who shoots 44% from behind the arc this season on over 6 attempts per game.
If the Pacers can properly take advantage of the solo center lineup with just Sabonis being available, I think they can take down this Clippers team.
Pacers 95, Clippers 87
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What channel is the Indiana Pacers game on?
Monday’s contest will air on Bally Sports Indiana (Indianapolis) and will tip off at 3:30 PM ET.
Pacers Next Game and Schedule
The Indiana Pacers will stay put in LA to take on the Lakers Wednesday night at 10:30 PM ET. The Lakers have a record of 21-22 and are the 8th seed in the Western Conference, however, they beat the Pacers once this season.
Jan. 20 at Golden State
Jan. 22 at Phoenix
Jan. 24 at New Orleans
Jan. 26 vs Charlotte
Jan. 28 at OKC