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|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Los Angeles Lakers||-2 -112||TBA||-129|
|Philadelphia 76ers||+2 -110||TBA||+106|
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This matchup between two of the best teams in the league will be difficult to pick. While both have their strengths, the Lakers’ defensive scheme may be the difference-maker between the two.
Los Angeles Lakers to Win (-129)
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|Lakers vs 76ers Information|
|What||Los Angeles Lakers vs Philadelphia 76ers|
|Where||Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA|
|When||7:30 PM EST, January 27th, 2021|
|How to Watch||ESPN|
|Los Angeles Lakers||Head-to-Head||Philadelphia 76ers|
|Frank Vogel||Head Coach||Doc Rivers|
|14-4 (1st in West)||Standing||12-6 (1st in East)|
|114.0 (7th of 30)||Off Rtg||111.0 (14th of 30)|
|104.2 (1st of 30)||Def Rtg||108.1 (5th of 30)|
|100.3 (14th of 30)||Pace||101.8 (4th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|L. James (25.2)||PPG||J. Embiid (27.7)|
|A. Davis (8.9)||RPG||J. Embiid (11.5)|
|L. James (7.4)||APG||B. Simmons (7.9)|
|A. Davis (1.4)||SPG||B. Simmons (1.7)|
|A. Davis (1.9)||BPG||J. Embiid (1.4)|
|A. McKinnie (.667)/L. James (9.2)||FG%/FGM||D. Howard (.584)/J. Embiid (8.8)|
|A. McKinnie (.750)/L. James (2.7)||3P%/3PM||S. Curry (.537)/S. Curry (2.6)|
Against a Sixers team that is versatile on offense, the Lakers need to find a way to stop Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons from finding success in the paint.
The First responsibility falls to Marc Gasol and Anthony Davis. The two are among the premiere defensive players in the league, and Gasol has had especially notable success guarding Joel Embiid.
By limiting the Sixers inside, the Lakers increase their odds of winning this game. Without success at the rim, the Sixers won’t be able to enact their vaunted three-point attack.
The Sixers are a team that are blessed to own two of the most attention-grabbing players in the league. Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid create so many opportunities for their teammates, that their recent loss to the Pistons without Embiid showed that they may be a bit dependent.
With Embiid out three of the Sixers’ starters scored in the single digits, while Ben Simmons only had 11 points in his foul-ridden night.
The Sixers have a number of good shooters,
That shot shouldn’t be possible, @KingJames.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 26, 2021
Without doubt one of the best players in the NBA, LeBron James is a big reason why oddsmakers favor a team or not. In his last game against the Cavaliers, James showed that he still has superstar-worthy performances in him – even at 36.
James put up 46 points, eight rebounds, six assists, as well as two blocks, and two steals. James’ vintage performance was seemingly spurred by a fan’s heckling, resulting in James scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter alone.
James is seemingly beyond the point where he will put up 30-plus points games every night, now focusing on being a playmaker. But a more selfish approach from James could be beneficial against a threatening Sixers squad.
.@tobias31 taking it coast to coast.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) January 26, 2021
It’s easy to overlook Tobias Harris, as much of the Sixers’ praise surrounds Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. A veteran and versatile scorer, Harris will be crucial in this match against the Lakers.
Harris was the lone bright spot for the Sixers in their loss to the Pistons. He was 10 of 19 from the field for 25 points on the match.
Harris’ size is an issue for most players guarding him. With Embiid’s status up in the air for this match, Harris will again be leaned on to provide scoring for Philly.
Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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