In this battle between two teams sitting in and out of the playoff places of their respective conference, the Philadelphia 76ers (35-20), are hosting the Los Angeles Lakers (28-27), with both teams coming off single victories that ended their previous small losing streaks and want to continue on the winning ways.
Date/Time: 02-10-2019, 15:30 EDT
Spread: Philadelphia 76ers -7
Philadelphia 76ers have a 35-20 record (26-29 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Celtics in the 4th place of the East. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against the Nuggets with a 117-110 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 27.2 ppg, adding a team high 13.5 boards per game. He is followed by Jimmy Butler with 19 ppg and 4.9 boards, while JJ Redick adds 18.6 ppg.
Los Angeles Lakers have a 28-27 record (24-29-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 10th place of the West. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning on the road against the Celtics with a 129-128 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by LeBron James with 27 ppg, adding 7.4 dimes and a team high 8.5 boards per game. He is followed by Kyle Kuzma with 18.7 ppg and 5.7 boards per game.
It their previous meeting earlier this season the Sixers won on the road with a 105-121 score. Sixers have a 22-6 home record, while the Lakers are 12-15 on the road. Sixers are better both offensively, scoring 115.4 ppg to Lakers’ 112.1 and defensively, allowing 112.1 ppg to Lakers’ 112.8. Both teams have almost identical field goal percentage (47.3% to 47.2%), while Sixers have a better 3-point percentage (36% to 33.9%). Both teams grab exactly 47.1 boards per game and are almost equal in turnovers committed (15.3 to 15.5), while Sixers are better in dimes made (27.3 to 24.8). Sixers are the absolute favorite at home and Vegas odds give them a -7 spread and expect them to beat the odds easily.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Philadelphia 76ers Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -7 (-108)
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