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Lakers vs 76ers NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Los Angeles Lakers at Philadelphia 76ers
  • Where: Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center
  • Date: Friday, December 9th
  • Betting Odds PHI -3.5, LAL +136 | PHI -164 O/U 225.0

The Lakers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 10-14. So far, the team has gone 10-13-1 against the spread. Today, the Lakers will be looking to snap a 2 game losing streak. In these games, they have an average scoring differential of -13.5 points.

Not only did the Lakers drop their last game to the Raptors. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 126-113 as 12 point underdogs. Los Angeles got off to a slow start, trailing by 23 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Dennis Schröder, as he contributed 18 points while hitting 50.0% of his shots.

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The 76ers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 12-12. So far, the team has gone 12-11-1 against the spread. Against the Lakers, the 76ers are looking to break out of a 3 game losing streak. These defeats have come on an average scoring differential of -15.0 points per contest.

In their previous game, the 76ers were favored to win vs the Rockets. However, their 132-123 loss gave them both a straight up and ATS defeat. In the game, the two teams played a tight first-half, as Philadelphia only trailed by 1. However, the 76ers were able to pull home in the 2nd half and pick up the win. In the loss, Joel Embiid led the team in scoring with 39 points on a field goal percentage of 57.1%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

The 76ers will look to carry over last year’s success vs Los Angeles, as the won both games of the series. The average point total of these two meetings was 209.0, with Philadelphia winning by scores of 105-87 and 121-87. Last year, the Lakers saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the 76ers, averaging 104.0 points per game. As for Los Angeles, they actually improved their points per game numbers in head-to-head matchups, averaging 115.5 points per contest against the 76ers. Across the previous 5 meetings between the teams, the 76ers have an average scoring margin of +3 points per game, leading to an ATS mark of 3-2. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 2-3. Combined, they averaged 217 points in these games.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

Heading into play, the Lakers offense is rated 12th in the league in scoring, averaging 114.2 points per contest. So far, Los Angeles is averaging 102.6 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Although the team is playing at an up-tempo speed, they would benefit from scoring with more efficiency, as they are just 16th in the league in overall field goal percentage, at 52.4%.

Against the 76ers, the Lakers will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 28th in points allowed.

This season, the Lakers offense has primarily worked through Anthony Davis and LeBron James who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 21 games, Davis is 11th in the NBA at 27.3 points per game. So far, him and James have accounted for 44% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 53.1 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, LeBron James is grabbing 9.1 rebounds for Los Angeles to go along with 6.4 assists.

For the season, the 76ers offensive unit is ranked just 27th in scoring at 109.0 points per contest. So far, the 76ers are averaging 97.0 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Although the 76ers have a current effective field goal percentage of 54.3%, their below average pace of play is a key factor behind their mediocre scoring numbers.

On the defensive end of the floor, the 76ers are giving up an average of 107.33 points per game, good for 8th in the NBA.

On offense, Joel Embiid leads the 76ers in scoring at 31.9 points per game, placing him 3rd in the NBA. Overall, Embiid has hit 51.4% of his shots while accounting for 24.3% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 14th in points allowed to centers. At 16.9 points per game, Tobias Harris is the 2nd leading scorer for the 76ers. For the season, he is 133rd in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 47.8%.

Lakers vs 76ers Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Lakers +3.5
  • Free Total Prediction: Over 225.0

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