Philadelphia 76ers (31-13) at Los Angeles Lakers (28-16)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Staples Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +4.5 -- Over/Under: 213.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Los Angeles Lakers play host to the Philadelphia 76ers at the Staples Center on Thursday night.
The Philadelphia 76ers have been in red-hot form as they’ve won nine of their past 10 games and they will be gunning for a fourth straight victory after taking down the Warriors in a 108-98 road win on Tuesday. Tobias Harris led the team with 25 points, 13 rebounds and four assists, Ben Simmons added 22 points with eight rebounds and four assists while Tony Bradley chipped in with 18 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks. As a team, the 76ers shot 45 percent from the field and seven of 24 from the 3-point line as they squandered an early 24-point lead, before rallying in the fourth quarter where they held the Warriors to just 13 points to win comfortably after a sketchy period.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers have really cooled off with three losses in a row and they will be keen to bounce back after getting routed by the Pelicans in a 128-111 road loss on Tuesday. Montrezl Harrell led the team with 18 points and two blocks off the bench, Markieff Morris and Kyle Kuzma each scored 16 points while Dennis Schroder chipped in with 15 points and seven assists on two of 10 shooting. As a team, the Lakers shot just 42 percent from the field and 18 of 37 from the 3-point line as they fell behind by 13 points at halftime, before allowing 43 points in the third quarter to trail by as many as 30 points.
Looking at the betting trends, the 76ers are 15-34-3 ATS in their last 52 road games, 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record and 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games overall. The Lakers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games against a team above .600 and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the 76ers are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Los Angeles and the 76ers are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall.
Joel Embiid is still out, while Danny Green is listed as questionable, so the 76ers will be shorthanded in this one, but that shouldn’t matter as they have more than enough to take down the depleted Lakers. The combination of Simmons and Harris should be too much for the Lakers to handle without their two best players.