Sixers vs. Lakers Prediction
Philadelphia 76ers (44-27 SU, 35-35-1 ATS) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (31-41 SU, 30-42-0 ATS)
When: Wednesday March 23 2022, 10:00 PM (ET)
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Point Spread: PHI -7.5/LAL +7.5 (Opened PHI -6 at BetOnline - Fastest paying BTC book on the web! Usually in less than one hour!)
Total: 230 (Opened at 227.5)
Money Line: Philadelphia -323/LA Lakers 254
Power Rating: PHI -8
Probable Starting Lineups
Philadelphia 76ers PG James Harden Off Inj, SG Tyrese Maxey, SF Matisse Thybulle, PF Tobias Harris, C Joel Embiid Off Inj
Los Angeles Lakers PG Russell Westbrook, SG Austin Reaves, SF LeBron James Q, PF Wenyen Gabriel, C Dwight Howard
Joel Embiid: Back (PROBABLE)
James Harden: Rest (PROBABLE)
Los Angeles Lakers
Kendrick Nunn: Ankle (OUT)
Anthony Davis: Ankle (OUT)
Talen Horton-Tucker: Ankle (QUESTIONABLE)
The Los Angeles Lakers host the Philadelphia 76ers in a Non-Conference matchup. Tip-off is set for 10:00 PM ET at the Staples Center.
The Philadelphia 76ers come into this game with an overall record of 44-27, placing them 3rd in the Eastern Conference. So far, Philadelphia is above .500 on the road, holding a record of 23-11. Over their last five games, the 76ers have played well, picking up 3 wins. In this stretch, Philadelphia’s offense is scoring right in line with their season average, putting up 108.0 points per game. Combined, the 76ers’ last five opponents are giving up 106.0 points per contest. The 76ers have been picking up wins while holding opponents to an average of 106.0 points per game, similar to their season average of 106.5. In the Philadelphia 76ers’ most recent game, Philadelphia took down Miami by a score of 113-106
The Los Angeles Lakers come into this game with an overall record of 31-41, placing them 9th in the Western Conference. So far, Los Angeles is above .500 at home, holding a record of 20-17. Over the Lakers’ last five games, they have picked up just 2 wins. During this stretch, Los Angeles is averaging 117.0 points per game, 6.0 points more than their season average of 111.5. This uptick in offensive play has come while playing a group of opponents who are collectively giving up 109.0 points per contest. A key reason for the Lakers’ recent struggles is a defensive unit giving up 122.0 points over their last five contests. This figure is up from their season average of 114.1. In the Los Angeles Lakers’ most recent game, Los Angeles took down Cleveland by a score of 131-120.
Individual Player Analysis
As Philadelphia travels to take on the Los Angeles Lakers, the 76ers’ leading scorer is Joel Embiid. Through 60 games, Embiid is averaging 29 points. On the season, he has surpassed his season average in 57.0% of his games. As Embiid gets set to take on the Lakers, he could be in line for a big game as Los Angeles is allowing their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their season average in 52.54% of their games. This figure places them 22nd among NBA defenses. On the other side, LeBron James leads the Lakers in scoring, averaging 30 points across his 60 games. Throughout the season, James has outscored his season average in 43.0% of his outings. However, if he hopes to add to this total, James will need to do so against a 76ers defense that has been tough on their opponent’s top scorers. So far, leading scores have surpassed their season average at a rate of just 46.43%. This figure is good for a rank of 10th in the league.
Heading into this matchup, the Philadelphia 76ers are the more efficient team on both ends of the court. This scenario has taken place in 13 of Philadelphia’s 34 games, leading to a winning percentage of 77%. So far, the Los Angeles Lakers have played 51 games as the inferior offensive and defensive unit. In these instances, they have lost 51 times, by an average margin of -12.0 points.
Heading into today’s matchup, the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers have met up for 1 game. Philadelphia took game one by a score of 105-87.
How the Public is Betting the 76ers vs Lakers
67% are betting the Sixers against the spread.
52% are wagering on the game to go over the posted total of 227.5
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Betting Trends Worth Noting
- 76ers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a road favorite.
- 76ers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Lakers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Lakers are 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall.
Joe’s Pick to Cover the Spread
The Philadelphia 76ers get set to take on the Los Angeles Lakers, engaged in a tight battle with the Bucks and Celtics for the 2nd seed in the East. On the other side, the Lakers need to keep picking up wins to ensure they have a spot in the play-in tournament. Look for the Lakers to struggle on defense, as the Sixers are one of the top teams in the NBA at getting to the free-throw line. On the other side, Los Angeles puts their opponent on the line on 26% of their field goal attempts. I see the Sixers covering the spread at 7.5 point favorites. Bet your Sixers/Lakers pick and ALL your pro hoops wagers for free this week by taking advantage of a 100% REAL CASH bonus on your first deposit of $100 to $300 at MyBookie Sportsbook! (Must use bonus code PREDICT100).
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