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(10-18) Los Angeles Lakers vs. Philadelphia 76ers (6-19)
Date: Friday December 16
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Philadelphia -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 212.5
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Two storied franchises that have fallen on hard times connect here. Which one is better positioned to succeed? Faster?
Los Angeles started way better than expected but now they are in a funk.
Philly shows some flashes but keeps on losing – they are 14-11 against the spread this season though.
Los Angeles Lakers
About two weeks ago the Lakers were 10-10 and a nice positive story. Since then they have lost eight in a row and have not covered in a single contest.
The losing started with D’Angelo Russell on the shelf but he has been back for three games now. Personally I do not like his sleepy game.
Top Pick Brandon Ingram has really struggled to find his shot so far – 35% – when you can’t shoot in this league you have to have all of your other skills be really tight. He is a diverse player but not expert in any one thing and it is showing.
Julius Randle is developing nicely but I don’t see what all the fuss is about. He is at 12 and 9 and can handle better than what we saw at Kentucky. Some people tout his passing but I see him just an unselfish, not a great passes like Draymond Green.
Larry Nance Jr. has become a great energy player off the bench. Sometimes he is the only one who provides that intensity in a positive way.
The Lakers looked good early but lately it has been a big struggle. I think you have to keep staying away from them for a while.
The 76ers are one of the most maligned teams in the league and for good reason. As the league keep trending smaller they seem to have placed an emphasis on bigs and it clearly is not quite working.
The main reason it might not be working is that the &6ers probably have the worst set if guards in the league. In their recent game against Toronto the starters were Gerald Henderson and Sergio Rodriguez. The backups are not fantastic either.
The most positive thing for Philly is that Joel Embiid is healthy and on the court. However, its not like he is lighting it up. He is essentially duplicating what Jahlil Okafor did last year but with a few more blocks.
Speaking of Okafor, it is hard to know what his future will hold. He can be a nifty player in the post but seems to be a classic Dookie who was better in college than the pros.
It says a lot about this team that they are still relying on Robert Covington to be their go to scorer. I am not saying he is their best player but they look to him more than you would expect, especially given he is averaging less than 10ppg.
Nerlens Noel is still out and there is no word as to when we might see top pick Ben Simmons.
Philadelphia competes pretty hard but when you get so little from your guards it is hard to compete in the NBA.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Lakers are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- Lakers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Lakers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- Under is 6-1 in 76ers last 7 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Over is 6-1 in 76ers last 7 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- 76ers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss.
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA Prediction:
The Lakers are in a funk but it is not like 76ers are on a roll either. How do you wade through this muck to try and get to some kind of opinion.
The 76ers are at home and won as recently as the weekend.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Philadelphia -1.5
I think that is as much as reason as any to look their way.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Philadelphia 105 – Los Angeles 99
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