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January 09, 2009

NBA Basketball Betting - Indiana Pacers at Los Angeles Lakers (Friday 10:30 ET)

By Matt Fargo

Kobe Bryant of the LakersThe Lakers are rolling once again as they have won seven of their last eight games after dropping two in a row by a combined five points to Orlando and Miami on the road.

Los Angeles has lost only twice at home this season, an 11-point setback against Detroit and an 11-point loss to New Orleans in its last home game.

Since that loss to Detroit, the Lakers have won 15 home games with nine of those coming by double digits. After going on a 0-10 ATS run, the Lakers have some value back.

Indiana is coming off a big last second win in Phoenix on Wednesday but it is still struggling and with the way its defense is playing, it is not going to be improving any time soon.

After a 5-5 start to the season, Indiana is just 8-17 over its last 25 games and to no ones surprise it is struggling against the better teams from its schedule.

The Pacers are 5-15 against the top 16 in the NBA and this is not a good spot as it will be facing one of the best teams in the league looking for some payback.

The Lakers went to Indiana back on December 2nd and carried a 15-point lead heading into the final period.

The Pacers went on an early 10-0 run in the 4th quarter and pulled out the game thanks to a tip in at the buzzer.

Los Angeles is 1-0 this season in revenge games as it defeated the Kings following a loss in Sacramento in the first meeting.

That revenge win did not cover but this spot is different considering the way the Lakers lost to Indiana in the first meeting.

Indiana is allowing 105.9 ppg which is 3rd worst in the league. That average is even worse of late. After allowing a very respectable 96.3 ppg through the first 10 games, the Pacers have allowed 109 ppg since then, a span covering 25 games including 111.5 ppg in their last 16 games.

Considering the Lakers are averaging a league-best 107.4 ppg, it is safe to say they will take advantage of that porous defense. Los Angeles gets it revenge in a big way.

Pick: Los Angeles Lakers -14 (-110) available at

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