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76ers vs Lakers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Philadelphia 76ers at Los Angeles Lakers
- Where: Los Angeles at Crypto.com Arena
- Date: Sunday, January 15th
- Betting Odds LAL +3.5, PHI -163 | LAL +137 O/U 234.5
So far, the 76ers have put together an overall record of 26-16, while going 23-18-1 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 1-2 vs the spread.
Philadelphia is going for another win in today’s game, as they previously took down the Jazz. Going into the game, they were 6 point favorites against the spread. Their 118-117 victory was not enough to cover. Philadelphia will look to do a better job putting teams away down the stretch, as they let the Jazz get back into the game after leading by 10 points at halftime. Leading the team in scoring was James Harden, as he contributed 31 points while hitting 57.9% of his shots.
The Lakers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 19-23. So far, the team has gone 18-21-3 against the spread. Today, the Lakers will be looking to snap a 2 game losing streak. The team has lost these games by an average of -8.5 points per contest.
Not only did the Lakers drop their last game to the Mavericks. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 119-115 as 2 point underdogs. In the loss, Los Angeles got off to a slow start, trailing by 11 points going into halftime. In the loss, Russell Westbrook led the team in scoring with 28 points on a field goal percentage of 43.5%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the 76ers averaged 115.5 points per game vs Los Angeles, which was an increase over their season-long average. However, the Lakers actually averaged fewer points per game than their season-long mark. Across their head-to-head matchups with Philadelphia, the team averaged 104.0 points per game. The ATS record across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings is 4-1 in favor of the 76ers. In these matchups, Philadelphia has averaged 116 points per game, while allowing 107. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 2-3. Combined, they averaged 223 points in these games.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 42 games, Philadelphia is averaging 113.8 points per game (16th). One area that the Philadelphia offense is finding success, is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, the team is averaging 19.8 made free-throws per contest. If the 76ers offense is going to improve, they could look to play at a faster tempo, as they currently average just 98.4 possession per game. This could benefit the team as they are currently one of the better 3-point shooting units in the NBA.
Defensively, the 76ers are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 107.33 points per contest (8th).
Before getting a bet down on this matchup, be sure to check in on the health status of Tobias Harris who is 2nd on the team in scoring at 16.3 points per game. At the time of this article, Harris is listed as questionable. For the season, he is 5th on the team in usage rate and is 148th in the NBA in player efficiency rating. If he is able to play, Philadelphia benefit from having both of their top scorers as Joel Embiid leads the team and is 2nd in the league in scoring (33.4). For today’s matchup, he will going against a defense ranked 20th in points allowed to centers.
The Los Angeles offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 9th ranked offense at 116.6 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Lakers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.4 made 3’s per game. If the team is going to improve their scoring numbers, they will need to become more efficient with their shots as Los Angeles is already one of the leaders in pace, averaging 102.9 possessions per game.
Against the 76ers, the Lakers will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 28th in points allowed.
A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Lakers 2nd leading scorer, Anthony Davis. In his 25 games, Davis is averaging 27.4 points per game while dishing out 2.6 assists and grabbing 12.1 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of LeBron James, who leads the team and is 8th in the NBA at 29.0 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 50.3% of his field goal attempts while taking 25.2% of the team’s shots from the floor.
76ers vs Lakers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: 76ers -3.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 234.5