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We’ve reached the halfway point in the seeding schedule, with the playoff picture becoming more clear as the days go by. The Lakers, after already securing the top seed in the West, can now use the rest of their schedule to fine-tune lineups, and hopefully solve their shooting woes. The Pacers are in a tie with the 76ers for the fifth spot in the East, and a win here will help them create space to avoid dropping down to No. 6 in the standings.

About Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles. The Lakers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Western Conference Pacific Division. The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, an arena shared with the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women’s National Basketball Association, and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. The Lakers are one of the most successful teams in the history of the NBA, and have won 16 NBA championships, the second-most behind the Boston Celtics.
The franchise began with the 1947 purchase of a disbanded team, the Detroit Gems of the National Basketball League (NBL). The new team began playing in Minneapolis, calling themselves the Minneapolis Lakers. Initially a member of the NBL, the Lakers won the 1948 NBL championship before joining the rival Basketball Association of America, where they would win five of the next six championships, led by star George Mikan. After struggling financially in the late 1950s following Mikan’s retirement, they relocated to Los Angeles before the 1960–61 season.
Led by Hall of Famers Elgin Baylor and Jerry West, Los Angeles made the NBA Finals six times in the 1960s, but lost each series to the Celtics, beginning their long and storied rivalry. In 1968, the Lakers acquired four-time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Wilt Chamberlain, and won their sixth NBA title—and first in Los Angeles—in 1972, led by new head coach Bill Sharman. After the retirement of West and Chamberlain, the team acquired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who also won multiple MVP awards, but was unable to make the Finals in the late 1970s.
The 1980s Lakers were nicknamed “Showtime” due to their fast break-offense led by Magic Johnson. The team won five championships in a nine-year span, and contained Hall of Famers Johnson, Abdul-Jabbar, and James Worthy, and was led by Hall of Fame coach Pat Riley. After Abdul-Jabbar and Johnson retired, the team struggled in the early 1990s, before acquiring Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant in 1996. With the duo, who were led by another Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson, the team won three consecutive titles between 2000 to 2002, securing the franchise its second “three-peat”. The Lakers won two more championships in 2009 and 2010, but failed to regain their former glory in the following decade.
The Lakers hold the record for NBA’s longest winning streak, 33 straight games, set during the 1971–72 season. Twenty-six Hall of Famers have played for Los Angeles, while four have coached the team. Four Lakers—Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson, O’Neal, and Bryant—have won the NBA MVP Award for a total of eight awards.

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The Lakers might be shorthanded with some players out, giving Indiana a better shot at picking up a W. Here’s everything you need to know about Wednesday’s Lakers-Pacers matchup.

How to watch

  • Date: Saturday, Aug. 8 | 6 p.m. ET
  • Location: Disney Wide World of Sports — Orlando, Florida
  • TV: TNT
  • Odds: Lakers -6 | O/U: 219

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Storylines

Lakers: L.A. has lost its last two games, a pair of back-to-backs. The Lakers experienced a cold shooting night in a loss to the Thunder, and felt the residual effects of playing the next day against the Rockets. LeBron James sat out against Houston due to a sore right groin, and along with Alex Caruso (left neck muscle spasms) the two are questionable for this matchup. The Lakers will already be without 3-and-D specialist Danny Green, who is nursing a sore right hip, meaning we could see some more minutes from Dion Waiters and JR Smith in this game. The most important thing for L.A. is to get 100 percent healthy for the postseason, and to address its shooting problems, which have caused the team to shoot an abysmal 23.4 percent from beyond the arc, last among all teams in the bubble. 

Pacers: Indiana is coming off a tough loss to the suddenly streaking Phoenix Suns. TJ Warren put up just 16 points in that game after scoring 30-plus points in each of the Pacers previous three games in the bubble. Warren is listed as questionable for the game, which would potentially leave the scoring up to Victor Oladipo, who hasn’t looked his typical self, and Malcolm Brogdon, who is averaging 19 points in Orlando. Depending on who suits up for the Lakers, and if Warren plays or not, will determine if Indiana will have a shot at winning this game.

Game prediction

If LeBron doesn’t play, that would give the Pacers a legitimate shot at pulling out a win, and the extra motivation of trying to hold on to the No. 5 spot in the East could also play a factor. However, without Warren it will be considerably difficult as Indiana struggled to get anything going in its last game when Warren was being locked up defensively. This one’s a toss up depending on who suits up, but I’ll give the edge to the Lakers because Anthony Davis will still be playing, so the Lakers should be in good hands regardless of if LeBron suits up or not. Pick: Lakers -6

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