The NBA has a marquee doubleheader on the agenda on Thursday, with the opener taking place at Wells Fargo Center. Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers host LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in a cross-conference game between intriguing teams. Philadelphia is 28-19 this season, with Los Angeles entering at 24-24. Kendrick Nunn (knee) is out for the Lakers, with Anthony Davis (knee) listed as probable. Ben Simmons (personal), Seth Curry (ankle) and Shake Milton (back) are out for the Sixers, with Danny Green (hip) listed as questionable.
Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET in Philadelphia. Philadelphia is listed as the 2.5-point home favorite, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 219.5 in the latest Lakers vs. 76ers odds. Before locking in any 76ers vs. Lakers picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Lakers vs. Sixers, and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Sixers vs. Lakers:
- Lakers vs. 76ers spread: 76ers -2.5
- Lakers vs. 76ers over-under: 219.5 points
- Lakers vs. 76ers money line: 76ers -145, Lakers +125
- LAL: The Lakers are 10-11 against the spread in the road games
- PHI: The 76ers are 8-13 against the spread in home games
Why the Lakers can cover
Los Angeles is formidable in multiple categories on both sides of the floor. The Lakers are in the top 10 of the NBA in field-goal accuracy at 46.5 percent, including 53.8 percent on2-point shots. Los Angeles is in the top 10 in free-throw attempts, averaging 21.8 per game, and the Lakers are strongly above-average in assists (24.1 per game), fast-break points (15.3 per game) and points in the paint (47.7 per game).
On defense, the Lakers allow 34.4 percent shooting from 3-point range while forcing 15.0 turnovers per game. Los Angeles is in the top seven in steals per game (8.2) and blocked shots per game), with the 76ers struggling in key categories on offense. Philadelphia is last in offensive rebound rate, with bottom-10 marks in 3-pointers per game and assists per game.
Why the 76ers can cover
Philadelphia is very good on both ends of the floor, out-scoring opponents by 2.4 points per 100 possessions as a result. The 76ers rank in the top 10 of the NBA in offensive efficiency, leading the NBA in committing only 12.3 turnovers per game. Philadelphia is shooting 46.2 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from 3-point distance, with top-eight rankings in free-throw attempts (22.0 per game) and free-throw accuracy (81.6 percent).
Los Angeles is No. 28 in the NBA in free-throw attempts allowed and assists allowed on defense. In changing ends, the Sixers are holding opponents to 45 percent shooting, with Philadelphia producing 7.8 steals and 5.7 blocked shots per game. Opponents are producing only 23.3 assists per game against Philadelphia, and Los Angeles in the bottom 10 of the NBA in offensive rating, offensive rebound rate, turnover rate and free-throw accuracy on offense.
How to make 76ers vs. Lakers picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, projecting 218 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time. You can only see the model’s pick at SportsLine.
So who wins Lakers vs. 76ers? And which side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.