The NBA Cup in Las Vegas is reaching its conclusion, with the Los Angeles Lakers set to face off against the Indiana Pacers in the first-ever NBA In-Season Tournament championship. The Lakers are favored in the matchup, with oddsmakers setting them as a -4 favorite with a points total of 241 over/under.
The Pacers have been the surprise team of the tournament, securing upset victories against top teams from the Eastern Conference, including the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks. Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle expressed his team’s determination, stating, “We’re a disruptor, a lot of people didn’t want us here. We didn’t care about that. We earned our way here.”
LeBron James, who has been a standout in the tournament, emphasized the significance of the high-stakes, single-elimination format, stating, “It’s pretty cool in that regard. Every game counts. I love it.” James has been averaging impressive stats throughout the tournament, leading the Lakers with his exceptional performance.
On the Pacers’ side, point guard Tyrese Haliburton has been a breakout star, showcasing his talent with remarkable play. Haliburton, who was traded to the Pacers in the middle of the 2021-22 season, has been instrumental in the team’s success, averaging 20.7 points and 10.4 assists last season and continuing his impressive performance in the In-Season Tournament.
In the final showdown, the showdown between the high-scoring Pacers and the formidable Lakers is expected to be an intense and thrilling conclusion to the tournament. With James leading the Lakers and Haliburton emerging as a key player for the Pacers, all eyes will be on the championship game to see which team will emerge as the victor and secure the inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament championship.