Philadelphia 76ers vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, 3/25/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Philadelphia 76ers vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet
Odds/Point Spread: Philadelphia (-4.5)
The Philadelphia 76ers (31-13) travel to STAPLES Center on Thursday where they'll meet the Los Angeles Lakers (28-16). Los Angeles opens this matchup as 4.5-point dogs. The over/under has been set at 213.5.
The Philadelphia 76ers played the Golden State Warriors and notched a win by a score of 108-98 in their last contest. Philadelphia finished the game with a 45.3% field goal percentage (39 of 86) and converted 7 out of their 24 three-point shots. From the charity stripe, the 76ers converted 23 of their 35 shots for a rate of 65.7%. In terms of hauling in rebounds, they collected a total of 51 with 13 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 15 assists in this matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and earning 5 steals. With regard to the defense, Philadelphia allowed their opponent to shoot 43.4% from the field on 36 out of 83 shooting. Golden State distributed 22 assists and had 5 steals in this game. Additionally, Golden State grabbed 38 rebounds (6 offensive, 32 defensive) and had 4 blocks. Golden State finished 69.2% at the free throw line by knocking down 18 of their 26 shots. They buried 8 of their 25 tries from three-point range.
Tobias Harris is someone who played a role for the matchup. He ended up walking away with 25 points on 9 of 18 shooting. He saw the court for 36:10 mins and totaled 13 rebounds. Harris finished 50.0% from the field and distributed 4 assists. Someone else that was a determining factor in this game for the 76ers was Ben Simmons. He pulled down 8 rebounds in 34:51 minutes on the hardwood. He ended up shooting 46.7% from the field in this game by connecting on 7-of-15 (22 points). When the game finished, Simmons had 4 assists.
Philadelphia enters this matchup with a mark of 31-13 for the campaign. The 76ers are shooting 37.0% from downtown (472 of 1,275) and 77.6% from the free throw line. They average 115.0 points per contest (6th in the NBA) while hitting 48.0% from the floor. They are turning it over 15.4 times per contest and as a group are committing 20.3 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Philadelphia is pulling in 46.6 boards per contest and has racked up 1,034 dimes for the season, which ranks 19th in basketball in terms of passing. Defensively, the 76ers are forcing 15.0 turnovers per game and they draw 21.2 fouls. They are currently ranked 13th in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,034 relinquished for the season. The 76ers are allowing a FG percentage of 44.9% (662 of 934) and they relinquish 42.2 rebounds per game as a team. They surrender 36.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 7th in the league in PPG allowed (109.4).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Los Angeles Lakers took a loss by a score of 128-111 against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Lakers earned 28 defensive boards and 6 offensive boards for a total of 34 for this contest. They also turned it over 13 times, while getting 10 steals in this matchup. The Pelicans earned 24 personal fouls for the game which took the Lakers to the charity stripe for 30 attempts. They were able to knock down 21 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 70.0%. Concerning shooting from downtown, Los Angeles buried 18 of their 37 tries (48.6%). When this game wrapped up, the Lakers went 36 out of 85 from the field which had them at 42.4%. The Lakers allowed the Pelicans to make 47 of their 90 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 52.2% for the matchup. They shot 34.5% from beyond the arc by shooting 10 out of 29 and ended up shooting 24 out of 26 from the charity stripe (92.3%). In reference to cleaning the glass, Los Angeles allowed New Orleans to get 53 in total (11 on the offensive side).
Kyle Kuzma ended up being important for the Lakers in the matchup. He knocked down 6 of 14 for the contest giving him a rate of 42.9%, and had 10 rebounds. Kuzma scored 16 points in his 33:46 minutes on the hardwood and had 7 dimes in this matchup. Another guy that was important for Los Angeles was Markieff Morris. He left the arena with 1 assist in his 27:05 mins on the court, and he knocked down 6 out of 14 from the floor. Morris finished going 42.9% from the floor in addition to earning 16 points and 5 rebounds.
Los Angeles has a record of 28-16 this season. When it comes to offensive execution, the Lakers are connecting on 48.1% from the field, which is ranked 7th in basketball. Los Angeles has accounted for 4,906 points for the campaign (111.5 per contest) and they pull in 45.2 boards per game. They are earning an assist 24.7 times per contest (16th in the NBA) and they lose possession via turnover 14.9 times per game. The Lakers are committing 18.9 fouls every game and they hit 74.6% from the free throw line. The Lakers defensively are ranked 2nd in basketball in points allowed per game with 106.7. They have given up 25.2 assists and 41.9 boards per contest, which is ranked 19th and 4th in basketball. The Los Angeles defense concedes 35.1% on 3-point shots (507 of 1,443) and their opponents are making 76.5% of their free throw shots. They are able to force 14.6 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 45.5% from the field (7th in basketball).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Los Angeles (+4.5) and over 213.5 points
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