The Lakers are the walking wounded right now, and even being in the Eastern Conference is giving them some trouble. They almost blew a huge lead against the Cavs because of how many injuries they sustained throughout the course of the game, and now the NBA Odds has them as underdogs to the worst defensive team in the NBA.
Purple from bruises
The Purple and Gold might only be able to play about eight or nine guys tonight against the Sixers, and unless they are planning on signing some more ten-day contracts (Manny Harris’ ran out and he can no longer be signed to a ten-day contract) they have a really short bench tonight. Nick Young, Jordan Farmar and Jodie Meeks are all out. Add that to the stars that are already sitting out, and the Lakers can’t even practice five on five right now.
Coming in against the fastest paced team in the NBA is going to be a problem for the Lakers, and even though they will be able to match tempo for a while, with a short bench, the Lakers are going to have a difficult time staying with Philly once the 4th quarter comes around.
Not only are the Lakers potentially playing with less than 10 dressed guys, they are also playing their third game in four nights; all of which have been on the road. Combine that with their short bench and you have a very undervalued Philadelphia team at -2 in the NBA Odds. There is little chance the Lakers can stay with the Sixers through four quarters on the road under these circumstances.
The Sharp Pick
LA ran out of players in their game against the Cavs a few nights ago, and if that happens again, each foul carries a technical foul too. So essentially if the Lakers get into foul trouble and run out of players, every foul is three shots. The potential of this happening is low, however with only eight or nine players, it is about twenty times more likely tonight than in a normal game with the proper amount of players.
The Sixers have lost their last six home games SU, however their talent level surpasses what the Lakers have to offer tonight. The matchup on the wings will be no contest, and one through four, the Sixers are going to dominate with their athleticism. Steve Nash won’t get close to sticking with Michael Carter-Williams, and Thad Young should have a stellar game with no one to guard him once again. Young went for 25 points in the first meeting this season.
Philadelphia actually has beaten the Lakers once already this season. They played one another right before the New Year, and the Sixers won on the road 111-104. The Lakers didn’t have Pau Gasol or Steve Blake in that game, but they did have Young, Meeks, Shawne Williams and Jordan Hill. All of these guys are likely out (Hill hasn’t been ruled out yet) tonight and I see it leading to a Sixers win. Take Philly beating L.A. at home in your NBA picks.
My Pick: Sixers -2