When we get to this late stage of the NBA season, it’s fun to start thinking about the matchups we might see in the playoffs and how they all might play out. While some of the guesses that we make will almost certainly pan out, we will definitely see some surprises along the way, some of which might come before we even get to the end of the regular season. We have already seen a few surprises to this point, with a couple of teams playing a whole lot better than we expected, and a few others delivering a bit of an underwhelming showing. You could certainly count the Philadelphia 76ers among the teams who are not where we expected them to be, although they are dealing with some pretty horrendous injury issues at the moment. That might make what would have ordinarily been a good matchup into one that swings heavily in the favor of the high-flying Lakers. The Lakers are beginning to open up a lead in the Western Conference and come into this one as overwhelming 12 ½ point home favorites. The point total has been set at 220 ½. Let’s see how the NBA odds will be for the 76ers vs Lakers.
76ers vs Lakers 2020 NBA Game Preview & Betting Odds
- When: Tuesday, March 3 at 10 PM EST
- Where: Staples Center, LA
- TV: TNT
- NBA Odds: Los Angeles Lakers -12 / Total 220.5
Why bet on the Philadelphia 76ers
You do have to feel a certain level of sympathy for the Philadelphia 76ers, as they will be heading into the Staples Center without the services of Embiid, Simmons, and Richardson, which means that they are now relying altogether to heavily on their bench players. The 76ers are certainly not sitting with an awful record, coming into this game at 37-24, but it’s going to be tough to improve on that with their best players sitting out. They are 6-4 in their last 10, but they have been pretty awful on the road, going 9-22 in their 31 road games this season. They are now winless in their last 8 games on the road, but they are a solid 5-1 SU and ATS in their last 6 meetings with LA, albeit in games where they were at full strength.
- Total Score: 109.07
- Field Goal %: 46.37
- Three Point %: 35.74
- Free Throw %: 74.78
- Total Rebounds: 45.56
- Total Score: 107
- Field Goal %: 45.85
- Three Point %: 35.3
- Free Throw %: 74.23
- Total Rebounds: 42.23
Why bet on the LA Lakers
The LA Lakers have had to hold off some challenges from the Denver Nuggets and the LA Clippers this season, but they have settled into a groove that has allowed them to stay 5 ½ games up on their two closest rivals. The Lakers have just been consistently good all season long and are coming into this game having won 8 of their last 10. Overall, they are now 46-13 on the season, which includes being a very solid 21-7 in their own building. The Lakers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games against the 76ers, but the current situation with these teams makes that stat a little worthless, if we are being honest. LA has covered the spread in 6 of their last 8 games, which is a more telling trend in regards this meeting.
- Total Score: 114.51
- Field Goal %: 48.6
- Three Point %: 35.78
- Free Throw %: 72.5
- Total Rebounds: 46.12
- Total Score: 107.1
- Field Goal %: 44.62
- Three Point %: 34.43
- Free Throw %: 77.62
- Total Rebounds: 42.08
76ers vs Lakers NBA Betting Trends
- Philadelphia are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Philadelphia’s last 9 games.
- Philadelphia are 6-3 SU in their last 9 games.
- Philadelphia are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against LA Lakers.
- LA Lakers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Lakers’ last 6 games.
- LA Lakers are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 9 of LA Lakers’ last 13 games against Philadelphia.
- LA Lakers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games at home.
- LA Lakers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games when playing at home against Philadelphia.
- LA Lakers are 10-2 SU in their last 12 games this season.
76ers vs Lakers Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I believe that the injury situation for the 76ers is going to turn this one into a bit of a lopsided affair, with the Lakers cruising to a comfortable victory on home court.
Philadelphia 76ers 104 LA Lakers 121