Philadelphia 76ers vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 3/30/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Lakers (19-53) at Philadelphia 76ers (18-56)
NBA Basketball: Monday, March 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers -4 -- Over/Under: 195 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia 76ers look to get in the win column when the Los Angeles Lakers pay a visit Monday.
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Wins have been far and few between for the Philadelphia 76ers who are going nowhere in 2014-15 and sometimes that is an advantage as teams tend to overlook teams that struggle. That is my explanation for Sunday’s 87-86 defeat at Cleveland on Sunday as a 17 point underdog. Philly held a slight 40.5%-38.8% shooting edge which would have been better if not for a 10-30 effort from beyond the arc. LeBron James got his 24 points on 8-24 shooting but whether it was the 76ers or a bad day at the office for the Cavaliers is open for debate. Robert Covington led the offense with 19 points on 7-13 with Ish Smith and Furkan Aldemir netting eleven points apiece with Aldemir grabbing ten rebounds. Five players scored between 7-9 points but nothing explosive.
The Los Angeles Lakers are in the same boat as their counterparts in that wins haven’t been exactly piling up. Not enough scoring or defense has been the obvious issues and both trends continued in Sunday’s 107-99 defeat at Brooklyn. The Lakers fell behind 30-19 after one quarter which set the tone for a team not built to play catch up. The Nets held advantages in most areas with over 48% shooting with more threes and free throws although the Lakers did stay competitive on 46% marksmanship. Jordan Hill was the visitors top offensive option with 22 points and a monster 16 rebounds followed by an 18 point, six pull and seven assist effort from Jordan Clarkson. Wesley Johnson netted 17 points while Wayne Ellington and Jabari Brown added 13 and eleven points respectively.
The Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a losing home record while the under is 10-1 in the Lakers last 11 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less then .400. The 76ers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a road winning % of less then .400 and 6-1 ATS in the last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. The bottom line for me is I would be tempted to take the points regardless of which team gets them because neither is aweinspiring….