76ers at Lakers - 1/1/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia 76ers (3-31) at Los Angeles Lakers (6-27)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 1, 2016 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -4.5 -- Over/Under: 201 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN, TWC SN
The Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers play New Year’s Day at the Staples Center.
The Philadelphia 76ers hope to get another victory after splitting their last four games. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 92.5 points on 42 percent shooting and allowing 104.4 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Ish Smith is averaging 18 points and 8.3 assists while Jahlil Okafor is averaging 17.3 points and 7.9 rebounds. Robert Covington is grabbing 5.8 rebounds and Isaiah Canaan is dishing two assists. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 69.3 percent from the free throw line. The 76ers are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.6 turnovers per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have lost 10 of their last 12 road games.
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The Los Angeles Lakers need a feel good victory after losing six of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 96.8 points on 41.3 percent shooting and allowing 107.2 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Kobe Bryant is averaging 17.2 points and 3.4 assists while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 14.7 points and 3.8 rebounds. Louis Williams is dishing 2.5 assists and Julius Randle is grabbing 9.5 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 31.9 percent from beyond the arc and 75.7 percent from the free throw line. The Lakers are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 12.7 turnovers per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost six of their last eight home games.
The 76ers are 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 vs. Western Conference and 3-11-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Lakers are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-12 ATS in their last 17 home games. The 76ers are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Los Angeles.
Don't look now, but the 76ers are starting to win some games. The addition of Ish Smith has put a little pep in the 76ers step. Still, both of these teams are trash. However, if you're going to make a pick, I'd side with the team that's been playing better over the last week. Give me the points.