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It’s unlikely that either of these teams is very active with the trade deadline in play, although rumors had both teams listening to offers up until Thursday’s cut-off point in an effort to strengthen their teams.

76ers at Lakers picks and predictions hinge on how much you trust the supporting casts of both groups since All-Stars LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Joel Embiid remain sidelined. The fact Philadelphia will have the best players on the floor with Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris leading their efforts.

L.A. hasn’t won since LeBron James had his ankle rolled up on by Atlanta’s Solomon Hill in the second quarter, falling to the Hawks that afternoon before suffering setbacks at Phoenix and New Orleans before returning home to open a four-game homestand.

  • Los Angeles Lakers vs. Philadelphia 76ers
  • Time/Venue: 10:10 p.m. ET, Staples Arena
  • TV: TNT

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Philadelphia 76ers Odds

76ers-5.0 (-112)-200O 211.5 (-112)
Lakers+5.0 (-110)+165U 211.5 (-109)

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76ers Current Form And Betting Results

After opening a six-game homestand with a win in New York, the Sixers opened the west coast portion of their excursion by taking down the Warriors 108-98 as three-point favorites across the board. They’ll spend the rest of the week in L.A. battling the Lakers on Thursday and the Clippers on Saturday prior to closing their journey with games in Denver and Cleveland next week as they work their way back east.

Embiid has missed the last six games, but his team has managed to win four of five without him. They won another game earlier this month despite him being sidelined. Still one of the top front-runners for MVP, there’s still no timetable for the star center’s return but Tony Bradley and Dwight Howard are holding the fort down.

76ers at Lakers picks and predictions list the visitors as a favorite in part because Harris has been tremendous since he’s been called upon to play a larger role. Over the past six games, Harris has averaged 24.3 points and 8.7 rebounds while Embiid has been on the mend and is really most responsible for the Sixers not falling off since Simmons hasn’t been great and has missed a game himself.

The 76ers have played the Knicks twice, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Sacramento, and Golden State. None of those teams are tremendous unless you want to bestow that on the Bucks but none are terrible either. Doc Rivers has earned the trust of his group by pushing the right buttons as Embiid has been on the mend.

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Lakers Current Form And Betting Results

The Lakers have lost three games in ar ow only once this season and then proceeded to drop a fourth in a row. They enter this game on a three-game skid and are favored to drop this one too.

Over the last 11 games, the Lakers have covered the spread seven times in winning six games outright, but their inability to do anything without James means those early results don’t matter.

76ers at Lakers picks and predictions will look to identify whether L.A. holds its own in the paint now that it doesn’t have to deal with Embiid but hasn’t been able to handle top forwards and centers without James or Davis. Howard, who won his first ring with the Lakers last season, moved on to Philly. The much-maligned JaVale McGee is playing in Cleveland now. Montrezl Harrell has been productive but isn’t a defender. Marc Gasol has been banged up and has been given time to heal.

The Lakers are just treading water for the foreseeable future and are likely to occupy their time doing so over the next week or two doing exactly that unless there’s a major shake-up in the works.

Betting Line Analysis

The line opened at Philadelphia favored by 4.5 points and hasn’t moved much. The Lakers are missing their top two players so they’re going to be a team that bettors are going to fade, which makes the 76ers the public side.

From a total standpoint, the number is at 211.5 everywhere.

Injuries/Rotational Adjustments To Watch

With Embiid out, Bradley has been starting and Howard has kept his customary role with the bench mob but he’ll be used ahead of Bradley in late-game situations The Lakers have to hope Kyle Kuzma can’t hold Harris and aid the cause offensively since there has been no proof he’s a two-way player.

76ers At Lakers Handicapping Notes And Pick

Expect the chatter to intensify that the Lakers needed to make a move but they likely won’t. They’re going to lose this game. Ride Philadelphia.

Pick: 76ers

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Tony Mejia

Tony Mejia

Tony Mejia has been a national writer for nearly two decades and has covered NBA and college basketball as a columnist, analyst, handicapper, and bracketologist for CBS Sports, Pro Basketball News, and numerous other sites.

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