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It’s an interconference clash on the parquet floor in the City of Brotherly Love. The Los Angeles Lakers are on the road as they make the trek to face the Philadelphia 76ers Sunday afternoon. Los Angeles comes in off a 129-128 road win over Boston Thursday night in their last game. Philadelphia defeated Denver 117-110 at home in their previous contest Friday night. The Lakers lead the all-time regular season series 145-135 but Philadelphia took the first meeting this season, winning 121-105 on the road on January 29.
Los Angeles Lakers Hope Buzzer Beating Win Provides Jump Start
Los Angeles had dropped two straight and three of four but stunned the Celtics at the buzzer on a Rajon Rondo jumper. The Lakers entered Saturday 10th in the Western Conference, 1.5 games behind the Clippers for the final playoff spot. Los Angeles trailed by nine at the half, rallied to lead by six after three quarters and found themselves down one in the closing seconds before Rondo knocked down his jumper. The Lakers shot 51.5 percent from the field, including 22 of 41 from three-point range, and survived missing 11 of their 18 free throw attempts. LeBron James led Los Angeles with 28 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists in the win.
The Lakers are 14th in the league in scoring offense as they put up 112.1 points per game. Los Angeles is 4th in rebounding with 47.1 boards per contest and 12th in assists with 24.8 per game. The Lakers stand 22nd in the league in scoring defense as they allow 112.8 points per night. LeBron James leads Los Angeles with 27 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.4 assists per contest. Kyle Kuzma kicks in 18.7 points per game while Brandon Ingram chips in 16.9 points a night. JaVale McGee (11 points, 6.8 boards), Josh Hart and Rajon Rondo (9.1 points, 7.8 assists) are all solid contributors as well. Lonzo Ball, Lance Stephenson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (10.3 points), Tyson Chandler and Reggie Bullock are key pieces in the rotation for coach Luke Walton. The Lakers are tied for 6th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 47.3 percent as a team. Los Angeles is 20th in the league with 10.3 triples per game while standing 27th in three point shooting at 33.9 percent from downtown. Ball is out four to six weeks after spraining his ankle against the Rockets on January 19.
Philadelphia 76ers Shoot to Start Win Streak
Philadelphia snapped a two-game skid as they picked up a win over Denver at home Friday night. The 76ers entered Saturday tied for fourth in the Eastern Conference, 6.5 games behind the Bucks for the top spot: they were 4.5 games behind Toronto in the Atlantic Division. Philadelphia led by 10 after one quarter, was tied at the half and found the game tied at 103 with 4:09 to play. The 76ers closed the game on a 14-7 run with their new starting five to get the win. Philadelphia shot 50 percent from the field, including 10 of 22 from three-point range, and connected on 29 of 32 free throw attempts. JJ Redick led the 76ers with 34 points in the win.
The 76ers enter this game 4th in scoring offense with an average of 115.4 points per game. Philadelphia is 5th in rebounding with 47.1 boards per game and stands 3rd in assists with 27.3 per contest. The 76ers are 21st in scoring defense by allowing an average of 112.1 points per game so far. Joel Embiid leads the team with 27.2 points plus 13.5 rebounds per contest. Ben Simmons is averaging 16.9 points, 9.3 rebounds and eight assists per game and JJ Redick (18.6 points) is also averaging in double figures. Jimmy Butler puts up 19.5 points, five boards and 3.9 assists a night while Tobias Harris puts up 20.8 points and 7.9 boards per contest. Amir Johnson, Boban Marjanovic, Mike Scott, James Ennis III, Malachi Richardson, Furkan Korkmaz and T.J. McConnell are all key pieces in Brett Brown’s rotation. Philadelphia is 8th in field goal percentage as they shoot 47.2 percent from the floor. The 76ers are 15th in three pointers per game (11.3) but stand 8th in three-point percentage as they cash in 36 percent of their shots from beyond the ar
- 76ers are 23-9 ATS in their last 32 vs. Pacific Division teams
- Lakers are 5-16-1 ATS in their last 22 vs. Eastern Conference foes
- Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Atlantic Division team