The Philadelphia 76ers did not have to travel far between road games this week. After sustaining a 136-130 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday afternoon, the 76ers will return to the same building when they visit the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Tuesday night. The 76ers vs Lakers odds have the Lakers as a double-digit favorite.
Philadelphia is looking to regain its footing after losing three of the past five games.
Meanwhile, the Lakers have won eight of their last nine games, including a 122-114 victory on the road over the New Orleans Pelicans in their most recent game Sunday night. At 46-13, Los Angeles owns the top record in the Western Conference.
LeBron James will look to stay hot for the Lakers after notching his 94th career triple-double two nights earlier. James finished with 34 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists while making 14 of 21 shots from the field.
The performance boosted James’ season averages to 25.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and a career-high 10.6 assists per game.
76ers vs Lakers odds
|Date||Tuesday, March 3, 2020|
|Time||10 p.m. ET|
|How to watch 76ers vs Lakers||TNT|
|76ers vs Lakers odds – point spread||Lakers -13|
|76ers vs Lakers odds – over/under||219.5|
“Just trying to be patient, understanding that every possession (against the Pelicans) was going to be very critical, and just trying to get the best shot possible,” James said after the game. “Throughout the whole game, we just had to be composed, understanding that they were going to make a run, and just continue to execute, continue to defend.”
Although James has led the Lakers’ recent success, a balanced approach has helped Los Angeles strengthen its position as the top team in the conference standings. Six players in Los Angeles’ 10-man rotation finished in double digits in their most recent contest.
That included Kyle Kuzma (20 points), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (13) and three players who finished with 10 points apiece: Avery Bradley, Danny Green and Markieff Morris. Los Angeles shot 51.5 percent (50 of 97) as a team and will try to stay hot as it returns home.
Lakers center Anthony Davis sat out against New Orleans because of a knee injury. He will play against the 76ers.
Philadelphia also will be without its top big man, Joel Embiid, who is scheduled to be re-evaluated later this week for a lingering shoulder injury. Tests have shown no structural damage in the shoulder but Embiid has missed the last two games.
The 76ers’ injury list includes another top player, Ben Simmons, who is sidelined by a nerve impingement in his back. He has missed four games and counting, and he also is set to be re-evaluated in the coming weeks. Simmons was a member of Team LeBron at the All-Star Game in Chicago last month.
The absences of Embiid and Simmons leave a big void on both ends of the court for the 76ers. Together, the players account for an average of 40 points, 19.6 rebounds and 11.3 assists per game.
To make matters worse, 76ers guard Josh Richardson exited Sunday’s game because of a concussion. He is averaging 13.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists on the season while shooting 43 percent from the field and 32.5 percent from 3-point range.
Philadelphia head coach Brett Brown is happy with his team’s competitive spirit despite a six-point loss its last time out. Shake Milton scored a career-high 39 points on 14-for-20 shooting while also tallying five assists, three rebounds and a steal.
The 76ers dropped to 37-24 and sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
“That was a team environment, it was a team mentality, and we needed every inch of that in order to be in the game,” Brown said. “… You had to call upon whatever equaled team, and whatever equaled spirit, and the accumulation of both of those, I thought, was an A-plus. I respect how they handled (the adversity).”
Tobias Harris and his 76ers teammates plan to do everything they can to avoid back-to-back losses in Los Angeles.
“I thought overall, we put ourselves in a position to try to win a game (against the Clippers),” Harris said to reporters. “We’ve just got to be ready for the next one, and learn from this one.”
76ers vs Lakers odds – Top points scorer: Tobias Harris (+420)
This is the second and final meeting of the regular season between the teams. They played Jan. 25 in Philadelphia, with the 76ers rolling to a 108-91 win behind a team-high 29 points from Harris. He made 10 of 20 shots from the field, including 3 of 8 from long distance.
Davis (31 points, seven rebounds) led the Lakers in their first game against the 76ers. James added 29 points, seven rebounds and eight assists while shooting 9 of 18 overall and 1 of 6 from 3-point range.
This will be James’ 51st career game against the 76ers. In the first 50 contests, he is averaging 27.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.9 assists.
The Lakers are 21-7 at home this season, compared with a 25-6 mark on the road.
By comparison, Philadelphia is only 9-22 away from home, compared with a 28-2 record on its home court.
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