NBA Betting – Philadelphia 76ers at Los Angeles Lakers

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Phil Simon
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  • 76ers currently on an eight-game losing streak

  • Philadelphia will be without three top players including  Joel Embiid, Josh Richardson and Ben Simmons

  • 76ers have won three straight versus Lakers

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Trying to break an eight-game road losing streak without three of their top four scorers is going to be a challenge for the Philadelphia 76ers, who will attempt to end their slide against the West-best Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. Philly opened its four-game road trip against the Clippers on Sunday falling to a pathetic 9-22 away from Wells Fargo Center. And they’ll have to navigate the next few games without superstars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, who were joined on the shelf by Josh Richardson. The Sixers took the first meeting with LeBron and Co. and have won three straight over the Lakers dating back to last season.

Philadelphia 76ers at Los Angeles Lakers

Date and Time: Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 10 p.m. ET

Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

Opening NBA Odds: Lakers -12.5

76ers at Lakers TV Coverage: TNT

Odds Analysis

Oddsmakers need to figure this one out, which is why the line has yet to surface. Considering they can’t win on the road and will be without three starters expect the Sixers to be a big underdog. They were getting 14 points in their matchup with the Clippers on Sunday covering in the 136-130 defeat for their first ATS win in their current road slump. The Lakers responded to having their seven-game winning streak snuffed out in Memphis by taking out New Orleans on Sunday. They’ve won eight of their last nine games going 6-3 ATS. They are just 5-3 in their last eight home games with losses to sub-.500 teams Portland and Orlando.

Philadelphia 76ers

The home/road splits are alarming. Losers of eight straight and 22 of 31 on the road this season, the Sixers are the epitome of Jekyll and Hyde. Their NBA-best 28-2 home record has them in position to earn a top-four seed for the playoffs that will certainly improve their chances of winning a series. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, the Sixers have to work through a few games minus some important pieces.

Philadelphia had a tough time winning on the road with Simmons and Embiid in the lineup. It’s going to be much tougher without them. Embiid was playing like he was possessed before sustaining a shoulder injury. He leads the club with 23.3 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. Simmons is having another solid season with 16.7 points, 8.2 assists and 7.8 rebounds per game. That’s a lot of production missing. Richardson, who was concussed against the Clips and ruled out for Tuesday, chips in 13.9 points.

Don’t feel sorry for the Sixers, nobody else is. After getting over the shock of Embiid’s injury in a loss to the Cavaliers, they responded to beat the Knicks with Tobias Harris handling the scoring duties with 34 points. They hung with the Clippers on Sunday before eventually losing 136-130. Shake Milton hit 7 of 9 three-pointers for 39 points with Harris adding 25. It was a more balanced attack with 10 of the 11 players scoring, but it wasn’t any better.

Los Angeles Lakers

Tuesday’s tilt opens a stretch of eight straight games against teams currently in a playoff spot. And given Philadelphia’s lack of success on the road and current injury woes, this might be the one the Lakers are circling as a win. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Lakers looked ahead with showdowns against Milwaukee and the Clippers up next.

I don’t think LeBron is going to let that happen, though. Coming off one of their worst games of the season in a loss to the Grizzlies, James outdueled Zion Williamson and the Lakers quickly put an end to any talk of a losing streak. The King showed the No. 1 overall pick why he’s the best in the business by amassing a triple-double with 34 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds in the 122-114 victory. The Lakers did it without Anthony Davis, who rested a sore knee and didn’t get the chance to stick it to his former club.

James reached a milestone in the first meeting between the teams, surpassing Kobe for third on the all-time scoring list. The Lakers lost the game, though, and James has yet to produce a victory over the Sixers as a member of the Lakers. LA has dropped three straight and five of the last six while going 1-5 ATS.

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AD is expected to play in this game, and with no Embiid the Sixers offer little resistance on the defensive side. Davis and James are a wrecking crew averaging 52 points and 17.2 rebounds combined. While the Sixers will gut it out they just won’t have enough to keep up. It’s hard enough playing without one All-Star. It’s doubly tough without two.

NBA Score Prediction: Los Angeles 120, Philadelphia 108

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- Phil Simon, Gambling911.com

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