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Pacers Podcast: Crossover preview of Pacers vs. Lakers

Consider this a plea to Luke Walton to play budding cult hero, Ivica Zubac extended minutes.

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When you look at the recent trajectory of both the Pacers and the Lakers, leaving L.A. with a W should be a given for the Blue and Gold.

But as I discussed with Harrison Faigen of Locked on Lakers, nothing is a given with this Pacers team especially on the road. Can they survive a night off in La La Land? Will their road issues rise up again after gutting out a win in Sacramento? Anyone who knows the Pacers these days realizes predicting a road win remains a fool’s errand.

As for the Lakers, they are not the same team that nearly swiped a win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse back on Nov. 1. Injuries and youth have teamed up to deliver a 5-21 record since the start of December. But the youth remains intriguing and could offer an entertaining matchup against the Pacers if Luke Walton gives 19-year-old Ivica Zubac some extended minutes against Myles Turner. After showing his toughness in rough recent matchups against Boogie Cousins and Anthony Davis, it would be nice to see Turner have an experience advantage on the court.

We hit on these topics and more in a crossover preview. The pod is available via iTunes so please subscribe and leave a nice review. You can also listen on Stitcher, TunneIn, and Google Play or via Audioboom below.