The Philadelphia 76ers will look to stay hot when they visit the Staples Center for their Thursday night matchup against the banged-up Los Angeles Lakers. Philly has been finding ways to win without all-star center and MVP candidate Joel Embiid. The Lakers will try to get it done without LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Philly sits atop the Eastern Conference standings 1.5 games ahead of Milwaukee and Brooklyn. LA is in fourth place in the Western Conference standings and looking to avoid falling any further in the loaded conference. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at both teams and how they arrive into this affair so you can bet against their NBA odds.
NBA Betting Picks – Sixers Look To Saty Hot Against Banged-Up Lakers
Philadelphia 76ers (31-13) Vs Los Angeles Lakers (28-16)
- When: Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 10:00 PM ET
- Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
- TV: TNT, Spectrum SportsNet
- Radio: ESPN LA 710/KWKW (S), 97.5 The Fanatic
- NBA Odds: Philadelphia -4.5
- Total: 211.5
Philly Looks To Continue Roll Without Embiid!
The 76ers have won three straight and nine of 10 overall including a 108-98 win over Golden State on Tuesday night. Tobias Harris scored a game-high 25 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead the way to victory.
“My attitude is not to get the highlights, get the praise, it’s to get the win,” Harris said.
Ben Simmons added 22 points and eight rebounds while Tony Bradley chipped in with 18 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks to help Philly win its second straight road game. The Sixers are rumored to be in the running for Toronto Raptors veteran point guard Kyle Lowry, a native Philadelphian.
“As a group, we’ve won nine out of 10 games, the guys are playing good basketball — no need to talk about it,” Rivers said about Thursday’s deadline.
Philly is ranked an impressive seventh in scoring (115.0 ppg) and identical seventh in points allowed (109.4 ppg). The 76ers are ranked ninth in field goal shooting percentage (48.0%), fourth in field goal defense (44.9%) and ninth in three-point defense (35.4%). Philadelphia is 12-9 on the road this season. The Sixers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall and an identical 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games as a road favorite.
Lakers In Trouble Without LeBron and AD!
The Lakers have dropped three straight and five of nine including a humbling 128-111 road loss against New Orleans on Tuesday night. LA has been without LeBron James for the past two games after the future Hall of Famer suffered an high ankle sprain against Atlanta on Saturday. Montrezl Harrell had a team-high 18 points for the Lakers. Kyle Kuzma and Markieff Morris each scored 16 points and Kuzma added10 rebounds and had seven assists.
“We had a stretch in the second quarter where we hit a big drop, which really hurt us in this game,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “We didn’t play well enough defensively, particularly in that third quarter. We are going to miss guys like LeBron and Anthony on both sides of the ball, so getting us organized offensively is probably my top priority right now.”
Los Angeles ranks a modest 21st in scoring (111.5 ppg), but a stellar second in points allowed (106.7 ppg). LA ranks an identical seventh in field goal shooting percentage defense (45.5%) and three-point defense (35.1%). The Lakers are ranked an uninspiring 22nd in three-point shooting (35.4%).
Expert Analysis and Prediction
Philadelphia is 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite. Los Angeles is 5-2 ATS in its last seven home games, but a polar opposite 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog. Philadelphia is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 road dates against the Lakers and 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall. I like Philly to extend its winning ways by scratching out the hard-fought road win.
Pick: 76ers 109 Lakers 103