Philadelphia 76ers at Los Angeles Lakers – NBA March 25

1E Philadelphia (31-13, 12-9/road) at 4W Los Angeles Lakers (28-16. 14-7/home)

  • Time: 7 PST – 9 CST – 10 EST
  • Place: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • TV: TNT

Opening Tip:

The injury report is a huge storyline as Anthony Davis and Lebron James of the Lakers are still listed as out as is Joel Embiid, so the test of the depth in this game is at hand. Philadelphia is the deeper team with more playmakers and skill people which will come into light this evening.

Philly beat the Lakers in the City of Brotherly Love, 107-106, back on Jan. 27. Tobias Harris hit a jumper with 3.0 seconds remaining and that proved to be the difference as Harris finished with 24 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Philadelphia is 9-1 over the last 10 games with the lone loss coming at Milwaukee last Wednesday. The 76ers are on the third game of a six-game road trip as they are playing 10 of 12 games away from home.

Los Angeles is in a tough place without their Dynamic Duo as they have dropped their last three games. Tonight’s game is the opener of four in a row at home.

Key Injuries:

  • 76ersSeth Curry (left ankle sprain); Danny Green (sore left hip) – QUESTIONABLE; Joel Embiid (bone bruise, left knee) – OUT
  • LakersAnthony Davis (right calf sprain) – OUT – Lebron James (right ankle sprain) – OUT

Vs. The Spread:

76ers:

  • The Sixers are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the 76ers’ last 5 games
  • Philly is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 games

Lakers:

  • The total has been UNDER in 10 of the last 15 between LA and Philly
  • The UNDER has also been the play in 5 of the last 7 Lakers games
  • Los Angeles is 3-8 ATS in it’s last 11 homes games against the 76ers

Last Time Out:

Tobias Harris scored 25 points and Ben Simmons added 22 as Philadelphia dropped Golden State, 108-98, on Tuesday. Harris hit the go-ahead jumper with 3:44 to play and had to survive a Warriors comeback after making 12 of their first 22 shots in jumping to a 35-17 lead after one period.

Los Angeles fell to New Orleans, 128-111, as Montrezl Harrell came off the bench to score 18 points while Kyle Kuzma and Markieff Morris posted 16 each. It was the third game in a row without Lebron James and Anthony Davis – all Lakers losses.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Philadelphia 76ers -5½ (-110) -220 O 215½ (-110)
Los Angeles Lakers +5½ (-110) +190 U 215½ (-110)

Advantage, Philadelphia:

Philadelphia 76ers LogoWith Embiid out, the responsibility is in the reliable hands of Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons. Harris has shot 50 percent or better from the field in six of his last nine games back from injury and he is averaging 22.9 points per game in that nine game span. Simmons has averaged 16.1 points and 8.6 boards in his last five games.

Key 76ers Stat:

Shake Milton continues to be a high volume player as the Sixers’ sixth-man as he had 21 in the win over Golden State after a 28-point outing against the Kings. He has 25 games where he has put up double digits off the bench after averaging 24.5 points on 18-of-32 field goals in these last two.

X-Factor:

We know Danny Green can hit the three for the Sixers as he leads them with 106 makes in 272 attempts (39%), but he still can push his physicality defensively and on the glass. He tied a career high with five steals against the Warriors to bring his total to 60, second to Matisse Tybulle’s 62.

Advantage, Los Angeles:

Los Angeles Lakers LogoThe numbers obviously change with James and Davis sidelined so any type of analysis with season stats is at a minimum. It has to be a committee approach and then some this evening with the Lakers serving as a home underdog. Dennis Schröder is a good place to start on the point as he finished with 15 points and seven dimes in the loss to the Pelicans. He finds Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (40.1%-3) and Kyle Kuzma (37.5%-3) for their three-pointers. Everybody on the team goes thru the talents of James and Davis to get their points, so the process in creating offense is obviously tough.

Key Lakers Stat:

The Lakers’ ball-handling still needs to improve even with the addition of Schröder. They averaged 14.9 turnovers, 25th in the NBA. Knowing that Lebron James handles the ball even more than Schröder and has the most turnovers on the team. It’s something that they deal with bc/ he also has 325 assists. The turnover drop has to come out of role players who play less minutes but have a high turnover yield.

X-Factor:

Talen Horton-Tucker continues to be a solid role player for the Lakers as he has averaged 11.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in his last six games. He is giving coach Frank Vogel minutes in the 24-25 range each evening as he is playing well although an obvious drop out from James and Davis.

Winner: Sixers (-5½) 114, Lakers 106

The Bets
Sixers (-5½)
-110
Philadelphia
-220
OVER 215½
-110
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.