Lakers Rested, Ready for Rebound Effort
Joel Embiid has been oh-so-close to an MVP award multiple times. He’s going to be right there in the end with the way he’s carried the Philadelphia 76ers at times this season. Fresh off a game-winning shot, Embiid leads the Sixers into an intriguing matchup at the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night and it’s a wonderful time to do some online gambling.
Let’s check the latest NBA odds, stats, injury report and NBA lines for 76ers vs Lakers. We’ve plenty of NBA betting odds for you to consider.
Embiid Jumper Lifts Philly in Salt Lake City
The 76ers led big early Saturday night at Utah but found themselves needing a basket on the final possession. Enter Embiid, who took a pretty behind-the-back feed from James Harden and lofted a step-back jumper into the net with 5.7 seconds left.
Jordan Clarkson missed at the buzzer and Philadelphia had itself a 118-117 win – its sixth in eight games – to begin a big five-game road trip. Despite the positive outcome, Embiid knows there’s room for improvement.
“I made a tough shot but it shouldn’t have come to that after we were up by so much,” he said after a 30-point, 7-rebound effort.
Harden finished with 31 points and 11 assists as he continues his outstanding play. The former MVP is averaging 23.8 points and 12.4 assists over his last 11 games. He also had 28 points and 12 assists in an overtime win over the Lakers in December, something to keep in mind when making a bet online.
LeBron Seeks Milestone, Lakers Seek Win
LeBron James enters this one needing 11 points to join Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the 38,000-point club. While he’s probably excited about that development, King James is also hoping for the officiating to get a few things right after he and the Lakers felt robbed Thursday against Dallas.
The NBA’s Last Two Minute Report confirmed several missed calls in the 119-115 overtime Dallas win, which was the second straight loss for LeBron’s crew on the heels of a five-game winning streak. James did offer some diplomatic takes as well, knowing he probably could’ve done more following a 9-for-28 shooting effort.
“We gave ourselves a chance to win,” he said after Los Angeles rallied from an early double-digit deficit. “We just couldn’t come through late in the game.”
Star big man Anthony Davis, who was electric in leading the Lakers back in that OT loss at Philadelphia last month, is nearing a return from his foot injury but seemingly not there yet.
76ers vs Lakers Game Injuries
76ers vs Lakers Head-To-Head
The OT win at home last month was Philadelphia’s fifth straight in the series. The Sixers have won eight of the last nine meetings.
76ers vs Lakers Game Information
- Game: 76ers (26-16) vs Lakers (19-23)
- Location: Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, CA
- Day/Time: Friday, December 9th, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Lakers vs 76ers Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
76ers vs Lakers Betting Lines
76ers vs Lakers Picks & Prediction
Keep an eye on injury reports. Embiid was seen limping late in the win at Utah, including after the game-winning shot, and this is the second half of a back-to-back. He’s played both ends since returning from a foot sprain in November, but we’ll have to wait and see if the Sixers want to take chances with their superstar.
The last time Embiid did play two games in two days he was held to 16 points on 6 of 17 shooting in the second game.
Los Angeles, meanwhile, has had two full days off. It is a modest 5-4 when playing on two or more days of rest. We’re leaning on the Lakers to have a little more juice in the end and stay close, or perhaps pull this one out.
Both teams consistently outscore expectations, so take the over as well.
Philadelphia is listed at -150 in our Vegas NBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the 76ers, you have a chance to win $67. Los Angeles is at +130, offering a chance to win $130on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Philadelphia a 60% chance to win, with the Lakers at 43.48%.