Los Angeles Lakers vs. Philadelphia 76ers Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/29/13
Philadelphia 76ers (8-21) at Los Angeles Lakers (13-17)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 9:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -6.5 -- Over/Under: 215.5 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia 76ers head to the Staples Center on Sunday to face off against the Lakers.
The Los Angeles Lakers are currently sitting at 13-17 this season, and at the Staples Center, the Lakers are sitting at 7-7. Los Angeles has improved their offense a bit, but the defense for the Lakers is atrocious this season, ranking 28th in the league currently, giving up an average of 103.4 points per game. The offense, like I said has shown some signs of life in the past few weeks, but still the Lakers are scoring just 99.4 per outing. Nick Young is currently leading the Lakers offense, with an average of 15.9 points per game this season.
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The Philadelphia 76ers are sitting at 8-21 on the year, and on the road, the Sixers are just 1-13. The Sixers can put up some points, ranking 13th in the league in scoring offense this season with an average of 1021.4 points scored per game, but like their opponent here on Sunday, the Sixers defense is horrible, ranking 30th in the league with an average of 111.8 points allowed per game. The Sixers have lost back to back games heading into their meeting with the Lakers here and have also dropped four out of their last five.
The Sixers are 1-4 against the spread in their last five games against the Pacific division, and the Sixers are just 2-12 against the spread in their last 14 games overall. The Sixers are also 0-4 against the spread in their last four road games.
The Lakers are 5-1-1 against the spread in home games against a losing team, and the Lakers are 4-1 against the spread this season in their last five games following an outright loss. The Lakers are also 4-1 against the spread in their last five games after allowing more than 100 points in their last outing.
Liking the over in this spot. I just can't put much stock in the Lakers, and I definitely can't back the Sixers...especially on the road. Both the Lakers and Philly can put up points and I see things being no different here on Sunday as the scoreboard operator will be busy.