Posted on: December 8, 2023, 10:14h.
Last updated on: December 8, 2023, 10:14h.
Two teams remain in the hunt for the NBA Cup in Las Vegas. The Los Angeles Lakers are a betting favorite when they meet the high-scoring Indiana Pacers in the championship of the inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament on Saturday.
The Lakers squeaked by the Phoenix Suns in a controversial win in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. The Lakers demolished the New Orleans Pelicans with a 44-point drubbing in the semifinals last night in Las Vegas.
The Pacers are the surprise team of the In-Season Tournament with two upset victories against two of the top teams from the Eastern Conference. They picked off the Boston Celtics in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. Last night, the Pacers knocked out the consensus favorite Milwaukee Bucks in the semifinals.
We’re a disruptor, a lot of people didn’t want us here,” said Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle. “We didn’t care about that. We earned our way here, we earned our way to three additional national TV games. So people are gonna find out about the Pacers and who we are and how we play.
Oddsmakers installed the Lakers as a -4 favorite in the championship game. The points total is 241 over/under. The In-Season Tournament finale takes place at 5:30pm local time at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which will be televised on ABC.