The Philadelphia 76ers (35-20) will be at home in the Wells Fargo Center when they meet the Los Angeles Lakers (28-27). The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 234 points with Philadelphia set as a 6.5-point favorite. Action begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 10, 2019.
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In the Lakers’ last matchup, they won a close one over the Boston Celtics, 129-128, despite being 9.5-point underdogs. With 28 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists, LeBron James led the way for Los Angeles with his third triple-double of the season. The Lakers had a ridiculous effective field goal percentage of 0.629 (above their season average of 0.528) and had a turnover percentage of 7.1 (better than their season average of 13.4). The two teams combined to put up 257 points, which finished well over the O/U total of 228.5.
The 76ers hope to maintain momentum after covering the 6.5-point spread against the Denver Nuggets in their last matchup, 117-110. With 34 points on 11-for-15 shooting, JJ Redick was the game’s leading scorer. The 76ers made 29 of their 32 free throws (90.6 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.564 (above their season average of 0.536). The two clubs collectively scored 227 points, which came in just under the O/U total of 229.
From an effective field goal percentage perspective, this will be a balanced contest. The sharp-shooting Philadelphia offense ranks fourth in the league in that metric at 0.537, while the stingy Los Angeles defense is ranked fourth in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.508).
Of Los Angeles’ 55 games, 33 have finished under the projected point total, while 28 of Philadelphia’s 55 games have finished over the projected point total. The 76ers have the sizable advantage straight up (SU) (35-20 vs. 28-27) and a slight edge against the spread (ATS) (26-29 vs. 24-29-2).
These two clubs have already met once this season. The two teams combined to score 226 points in that game, which was just under the projected point total of 230.5. The 76ers won 121-105, covering as 7.5-point favorites. The 76ers played a nearly flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.237 and a turnover percentage of 10.2. For those same stats, the Lakers were 0.130 and 17.5, respectively. Brandon Ingram scored a game-high 36 points.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Philadelphia 76ers Betting Prediction
Los Angeles averages 56.3 points in the paint per game, which ranks second in the NBA. Philadelphia ranks 19th in points allowed in the paint per game (50.2).
Philadelphia ranks third in assists allowed per game (22.9) while Los Angeles ranks 16th (24.5).
The 76ers average 7.7 steals per game, which ranks 15th in the league. The Lakers rank 27th in steals allowed per game (8.5).
Philadelphia is 15-13 ATS at home, while Los Angeles is 14-13 ATS on the road.
Philadelphia is 3-2 ATS with 5 unders in its last five games.
Over its last five outings, Los Angeles is 3-2 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
The 76ers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.6, down from 3.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Lakers have scored an average of 110.4 points per game (1.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 124.0 points per game (11.2 above their season average).