The Los Angeles Lakers have gone through their share of highs and lows on their lengthy road trip – and they’ll need to be at their best Sunday afternoon as they tangle with the new-look 76ers in Philadelphia. The Lakers are 2-2 during a stretch of eight road games in a nine-game span, and are coming off a thrilling one-point win over Boston. And things don’t get any easier Sunday against a 76ers team fighting for a top-3 spot in the Eastern Conference race.
NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis
The 76ers are comfortable favourites in this one after adding skilled forward Tobias Harris to an already-stacked starting lineup at the trade deadline. And Philadelphia has been a great cover option against the Pacific, having gone 23-9 against the spread (ATS) in its previous 32 games against the division. But the Lakers could provide a significant challenge, having gone 5-1 ATS in their previous six road games. And the home side has covered just five times in the past 22 meetings.
The teams are on divergent paths when it comes to totals trends, with the number for this one set near the mid-230s. The Lakers have converted the over in five of their previous six games away from Staples Center and are 6-0-1 O/U in their last seven after surpassing the 125-point plateau in their previous game. The 76ers, on the other hand, have racked up five straight unders and are 1-4 O/U over their past five games at Wells Fargo Center.
Los Angeles Lakers
Rajon Rondo’s buzzer-beating jumper to stun the Celtics was a big win for the Lakers, but LeBron James’ crew still has plenty of work to do if it hopes to keep James’ playoff streak intact. Los Angeles sits outside the Western Conference playoff picture heading into Sunday, but the schedule does offer potential relief. Four of the Lakers’ next five games after the weekend will come against teams well out of the playoff race (Atlanta, New Orleans x 2, Memphis).
The 76ers can now trot out a starting five of Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler, JJ Redick, Harris and Joel Embiid – easily one of the best quintets in the league. Embiid has been particularly lethal so far this season, averaging a whopping 27.2 points and 13.5 rebounds despite playing just under 34 minutes per game. If he can keep it going, he’ll be the first player since Shaquille O’Neal (1999-200) to average 27 points and 13.5 rebounds over a full season.