NBA action will see the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Indiana Pacers tonight. Here we look at the preview and TV schedule for the game.
The NBA action continues tonight with the Los Angeles Lakers taking on the Indiana Pacers tonight.
The Pacers dropped their first game in the bubble to the Suns and will look to bounce back against the Lakers who have had a woeful bubble campaign so far. The Pacers are involved in a heated race to bag the 4th spot alongside Jimmy Butler’s Miami Heat and Joel Embiid’s Sixers.
The Lakers defeated the Clippers and the Jazz to claim the first seed in the west but looked ordinary in their losses to the Raptors, Thunder and Rockets.
LeBron James is nursing an injury, Anthony Davis has been erratic and the support cast has been short of ideas for Lakers. They need the ‘King’ to get back to his best, activate playoff mode and inspire the team to something great in Orlando.
The Lakers squad, rumored to be without LeBron James and Alex Caruso due to injury concerns, will hope for a better offensive display against the Pacers tonight.
Where to watch Lakers vs Pacers on TV and Online?
NBA TV will be streaming the game and it can be accessed on both the NBA website and the mobile app.
However, you’ll need to buy the NBA League pass in order to do that.
The game is slated for a 6 PM EST tip-off and will be broadcasted on FOX SPORTS INDIANA, SPECTRUM SPORTSNET, TSN and TNT.
Team Preview – Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers will look to overcome their shooting woes in their remaining league games. Head coach Frank Vogel has backed his squad to bounce back from their shooting issues as they near the playoffs.
The squad has blown hot and cold during the seeding games in the bubble so far. Although the Lakers have had offensive troubles in the bubble, the number one seeds in the west have continued their dominance on the defensive end with even guys like Kyle Kuzma showing up on defense lately.
Anthony Davis led the Lakers to a victory over the Jazz while he was also the leading scorer against the Clippers. LeBron James came up clutch against the Clippers but has had a bad bubble campaign considering his impeccable standards.
Kyle Kuzma has always upped his game in the absence of LeBron James and will look to do so tonight as he continues to solidify his status as the third efficient scorer in the side.
Danny Green hasn’t really come up with those dagger 3s in the Bubble. Dion Waiters and JR Smith seem to be getting in the groove but haven’t really set things on fire.
Expected starting line-up: Danny Green, Caldwell-Pope, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Javale McGee
Team Preview – Indiana Pacers
The Pacers seemed to be on path to claim the 4th seed in the east before they lost to the Suns in an abysmal performance. The Pacers haven’t rebounded well in the bubble and will look to fix it before the start their playoff campaign.
The squad looked visibly exhausted against the Suns and will hope to win against the Lakers who might not bring their A-game tonight.
T.J. Warren’s last 3 games:
🔥 53 PTS, 9 3PM (career-highs)
🔥 34 PTS, 11 REB, 3 STL, 4 BLK (career-high)
🔥 32 PTS, 13-17 FGM@TonyWarrenJr ties Jermaine O’Neal for the most PTS over a 3-game span in @Pacers history! #IndianaStyle pic.twitter.com/cQU0QaJQbv
— NBA (@NBA) August 5, 2020
Pacers forward T.J. Warren has been averaging 33.8 points in the Orlando bubble and his all-round scoring ability will surely be tested by the Lakers defense. Malcolm Brogdon scored 25 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds against the Suns. Myles Turner scored 17 points and made eight rebounds. Victor Oladipo scored 16 points in the loss whereas Warren notched a double-double with 11 rebounds and 16 points.
The Pacers have been shooting well in the bubble so far and will look to sort out their rebounding woes as they face a big Lakers lineup comprising Anthony Davis, Javale McGee and Dwight Howard.
Expected starting line-up: Malcolm Brogdon, Victor Oladipo, Justin Holiday, TJ Warren, Myles Turner