Los Angeles Lakers (40-30, seventh in the Western Conference) vs. Indiana Pacers (33-37, ninth in the Eastern Conference) Indianapolis; Saturday, 1 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Los Angeles will try to continue its three-game win streak with a victory against Indiana. The Pacers are 13-22 in home games.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 40 points, 15 rebounds and six assists and the Milwaukee Bucks wore down the short-handed Indiana Pacers in a 142-133 victory Thursday night. Indiana dressed just 10 players due to injuries and didn't have a defensive answer for Antetokounmpo, the two-time NBA MVP who made 14 of 18 shots from the field — six on uncontested dunks — and hit 11 of 16 free throws.
The Philadelphia 76ers will have yet another chance to clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race when they host the Orlando Magic on Friday. The Sixers (47-23) have dropped consecutive games on the road to the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat. Philadelphia struggled in a 106-94 loss to the Heat on Thursday as Joel Embiid managed only six points and two rebounds in 25 minutes.