The team that holds the best record currently in the West, the Los Angeles Lakers (46-13), who are red-hot having lost only once in their last 9 games, are hosting the tied for fifth in the East Philadelphia 76ers (37-24), who are decimated by injuries lately and want to return to the winning ways.
Date/Time: 03-03-2020, 22:00 EDT / 03:00 GMT
Spread: Los Angeles Lakers -13 Total: +221
Los Angeles Lakers have a 46-13 record (32-26-1 against the spread) and are sitting on top of the West. They have won eight of their last nine matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Pelicans with a 122-114 score, beating the odds. Anthony Davis leads the team both in scoring with 26.4 ppg and in rebounding with 9.4 per game. LeBron James follows with 25.5 ppg, adding 7.8 rebounds and a league-best 10.6 assists per game.
Philadelphia 76ers have a 37-24 record (26-31-4 against the spread) and are tied with the Pacers in the 5th place of the East. They have lost two of their last three matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Clippers with a 130-136 score, beating the odds. Joel Embiid leads the team both in scoring with 23.1 ppg and in rebounding with 12 per game but he is out with an injury. Tobias Harris follows with 19.2 ppg and 6.7 rebounds per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Sixers won at home with a 108-91 score. Lakers are 21-7 at home, while the Sixers are 9-22 on the road. The Lakers are better offensively, scoring 114.5 ppg to the Sixers’ 109.1, while both teams are very close defensively, allowing 107 and 107.1 ppg. Lakers have a better field goal percentage (48.6% to 46.4%), while both teams are very close both in 3-point percentage (35.8% to 35.7%) and in assists made (26.1 to 25.9). The Lakers are better in rebounding (46.1 to 45.5), while the Sixers are better in turnovers committed (14.3 to 15.1). The Sixers will be missing three of their five starters and have been extremely weak on the road so pick the hosting Lakers for an easy win by more than 13 points tonight.
76ers vs Lakers Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers -13 (-108)