Philadelphia 76ers vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 2/7/14
Los Angeles Lakers (16-32) at Philadelphia 76ers (15-34)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The revamped Los Angeles Lakers will be looking to make it back to back wins tonight when they play the Philadelphia 76ers.
With a new/old backcourt, the Lakers were able to snap a seven-game losing streak by beating the Cavaliers by 119-108 on Wednesday. Ryan Kelly led the team with 26 points while Jordan Farmar added 21 points before leaving the game with leg cramps, but it was actually Steve Blake who was the unlikely hero, scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists for his first career triple-double. As a team, the Lakers set a franchise record for three pointers and a season high for points in a half which is such a lift for a team so ravaged my injuries. Steve Nash did sit out the game but is expected to play tonight as the coaching staff continue to ease him into full fitness.
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Meanwhile, the 76ers have lost seven of their last eight and will be looking to avoid a fifth straight loss after falling by 114-108 to the Celtics on Wednesday. Thaddeus Young led seven players in double figures with his 20 points while Tony Wroten added 18 points off the bench, but the 76ers were once again lacked intensity on the defensive end which allowed the Celtics' Jeff Green to pour in 17 points in the third quarter and 36 points for the game. With the loss, Philadelphia drop to 15-35 overall and 8-17 at home.
In ATS trends, the Lakers are 7-2 ATS in their last nine road games and 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a win of more than 10 points, while the 76ers are 8-18 ATS in their last 26 games following a loss and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall.
Head to head, the Lakers are just 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall but a healthy 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Philadelphia.
Nash is confirmed as a starter for this game, Farmar is officially out while Blake is a game-time decision which puts the Lakers as minor underdogs in this game against the struggling 76ers. I wish the bookies were giving LA more points, but I still think the value is with the Lakers in this one.