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2021 NBA Handicapping
(31-13) Philadelphia 76ers vs. Los Angeles Lakers (28-16)
Date: Thursday, March 25th
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: 76ers -180 | Lakers +160
NBA Betting Odds: 76ers -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 211.5
Thursday, March 25th, the Philadelphia 76ers will play the Los Angeles Lakers in the second meeting this season. The initial meeting between the clubs on January 27th was won by the 76ers (107-106).
In a marquee-type event that features two of the Association’s best teams, there is a damper on the match with both Lakers superstars out and the 76ers superstar also out.
The Lakers hold the all-time record having won 146 matches of the 284 played. Last season, the squads played twice in 2019-20 with each team winning on their home court.
Prior to getting injured, Joel Embiid was having a season that found him included in the MVP conversation. He’d missed seven games during the season with the 76ers going 2-5 in those matches.
When he got hurt there was concern over how the team would fare in his absence.
So far, they’ve been fine registering a 5-1 record in those six matches. At a minimum, he’ll miss at least four more but with the 76ers winning the club won’t rush his return.
One thing to keep an eye on Thursday, however, is whether Daryl Morey makes a move to bolster the depth of the team. With the Nets and Heat adding depth, the thinking is Philly may as well.
The main focus is on what happens to Raptors star and Philly native Kyle Lowry who would definitely raise the bar for Doc Rivers squad.
Seth Curry (ankle) missed the last match with an ankle injury and is listed as day-to-day
Los Angeles Lakers
Prior to suffering a high ankle sprain in the game versus Atlanta, LeBron James had missed one game this season — the Lakers lost.
Since the injury, he’s missed the next two games and again LA was on the losing side. While this type of injury typically takes four to six weeks to heal James isn’t a typical player.
That said, James has never had an injury of this nature and he is 36 years old. For perspective, 21-year old, Ja Morant was out three weeks with a similar injury and took a good 20 games to look fully healthy.
LA was already playing without Anthony Davis who has missed the last 16 games. Although reports noted he would be reassessed at month-end – that doesn’t mean he’ll return right away as he’ll need to go through conditioning.
Suffice to say, LA is the defending champions and therefore has that championship mettle. While high seeding is beneficial the health of James and Davis is far more important.
Marc Gasol is working on his conditioning as he works his way back from health and safety protocols and is listed as day-to-day. Jared Dudley (torn MCL) is out.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The 76ers are 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The 76ers are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 4-6 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The total has gone under in 10 of the Lakers’ last 15 games against Philadelphia.
- The total has gone under in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 5 games.
- The total has gone under in 5 of the Lakers’ last 7 games at home.
- The 76ers are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games.
Free Philadelphia 76ers vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
Although the 76ers play much better at home (19-4) than they do on the road (12-9) they’ll face the Lakers without their superstars and questionable depth.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: 76ers ATS
This is a battle of top two ranked defenses but in this instance, the 76ers offense will outmatch LA.
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