Clippers (37-18, 15-10 road) at Pacers (25-27, 9-15 home)
- Time: 4:30PM PST – 6:30PM CST – 7:30PM EST
- Place: Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
- TV: TNT | Bally Sports SoCal | NBA League Pass
Los Angeles starts a three-game road trip to the east with three games this week where the first stop is in Indiana vs. the Pacers, who are working to solidify their playoff status.
The Clippers have won five in a row after a closer than expected 131-124 win over Detroit on Sunday evening. LAC is in a solid 3-seed right now as the Clips are two back of 2-seed Phoenix.
Indiana is the 9-seed in the Eastern Conference which gets them into the play-in scenario. The Pacers are only three games off the 4-seed and two games off a solid 6-seed.
The Pacers have won three in a row and four out of five after beating the Memphis Grizzlies, 132-125, on Sunday evening.
The Pacers have lost three in a row in this series after winning give straight. LAC took a 129-96 win on Jan. 17 and a win here would allow them to sweep the season series for the first time since 2014-15.
- Los Angeles Clippers – Serge Ibaka (back), Kawhi Leonard (foot), Patrick Beverley (hand) – OUT
- Indiana Pacers – TJ Warren (foot), Myles Turner (ankle) – OUT
Clippers (32-23, ATS):
- The Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games
- LAC is 5-10 ATS in the last 15 games vs. Indiana
- The UNDER has been the play in 7 of the Clippers’ last 10 road outings
Pacers (21-31 ATS):
- The Pacers are 7-13 ATS in their last 20 games
- Indiana is 1-10 ATS in it’s last 11 home games
- The total has gone UNDER in the last 5 Clippers-Pacers matchups
Last Time Out
Marcus Morris scored 33 points and Paul George had 32 as the Clippers downed the Pistons, 131-124. Morris made six threes as LA shot 62.5 percent from the floor after trailing most of the evening. Los Angeles finished 7-2 on a nine-game homestand as Kawhi Leonard was out once again to rest.
Indiana won its fourth in five games as Caris LeVert scored 34 points in helping the Pacers dismiss the Memphis Grizzlies, 132-125. Malcolm Brogdon had 29 points, 11 assists, and nine boards while Domantas Sabonis popped in 18 points with 15 rebounds and nine dimes.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Clippers||-3 (-110)||-155||O 232 (-110)|
|Pacers||+3 (-110)||+135||U 232 (-110)|
*Odds Courtesy of Bovada Sportsbook
Advantage, Los Angeles Clippers
Of course with Leonard out, the responsibility falls on Paul George to lead as he has in scoring over 30 points in each of the last three games after being out with a toe injury. He is a central figure in the Clippers shooting 54.7 percent from the field in their last four games as they have also made 47.8 percent of their threes. Indiana allows its opponents to shoot 37.4 percent from behind the arc.
Key Clippers Stat
The Clippers’ defense has been consistent in being able to lock down when needed as Los Angeles is 9-0 when holding opponents to less than 100 points in a game. They limits shots in both the three-point game and inside as well. They are fourth in allowing threes (31.6) and in makes (11.5).
The Clippers’ bench will be a big factor in how far they can go into the playoffs. They are talented in absorbing minutes and being efficient when Kawhi Leonard rests. They average 39.7 points per night (4th-NBA) and they bench ranks first in three-point percentage at 42.4 percent.
Advantage, Indiana Pacers
Malcolm Brogdon (21.2 ppg) and Domantas Sabonis (19.8 ppg) comprise a nice one-two punch as they are the first and second leading scorers on the team and this is an inside-outside tandem as well which makes defenses choose how they will play each according to matchups. When Caris LeVert, who has struggled with injuries, produces like he did in his 34-point effort on Sunday, this becomes a tough Big Three with many options.
Key Pacers Stat:
The integration of former Xavier star Edmond Sumner into the starting line up has paid dividends as Sumner as averaged 11.7 points and 2.3 boards as he has shot 61.7 percent from the floor. Sumner has scored double digits in five of his last six games.
This team shares the ball extremely well as it ranks sixth in the NBA at 26.9 assists per game. The Pacers’ assist-to-turnover ratio is 1.94 (5th/NBA) as Sabonis continues to prove that he is one of the best passing big men in the league in leading Indiana with 6.1 assists per night.
Winner: Clippers (-3) 117, Pacers 112