One day after the first anniversary of the death of legend Kobe Bryant, the Lakers travel to Philadelphia to take on the Sixers. Both teams come into the matchup leading their respective conferences and all talk will be on the potential NBA Finals matchup.
The Lakers will be looking to push their winning streak to four games and stay undefeated away from home on the season, while the Sixers will be trying to start a new winning streak after a 119-104 loss to the Pistons in Detroit on Monday.
Lakers’ injury report for tomorrow vs. Philadelphia:
— LeBron James (left ankle sprain) is questionable.
— Anthony Davis (right ankle contusion) is probable.
— Jared Dudley (sore right calf) and Kostas Antetokounmpo (right knee patellar tendonitis) are out.
— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) January 26, 2021
Like the previous two games, Anthony Davis and LeBron James are both listed on the injury report but will likely play.
Jared Dudley and Kostas Antetokounmpo remain out.
Sixers injury report for tomorrow's game vs. Lakers:
Seth Curry, probable with right ankle soreness
Vincent Poirier, out (health and safety protocols)
Mike Scott, out (right knee swelling)
Joel Embiid isn't listed after missing Monday's game with back tightness.
— Noah Levick (@NoahLevick) January 26, 2021
The biggest note on the Sixers injury report is the absence of Joel Embiid, who missed Monday’s contest with the Pistons. Looks as if we will see a battle of big men between Embiid and Davis. The better Curry brother Seth is likely to play, and Vincent Poirier and Mike Scott are both out.
Lakers -3.5; O/U 220; Moneyline -155
So far on the season, I’m 5-of-7 in my prediction. We hit on Cavaliers +10 and the under in Monday’s game, and missed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope points.
We’re going to suggest the over, as it will be a close affair between two of the best teams in the league. Sixers +3.5 seems like a good shout in this game too, as I could see it coming down to the last couple of possessions. I’m avoiding the moneyline personally, but this could be the best odds on the Lakers moneyline you’ll see all season. If you feel strongly about a Lakers win, shoot your shot.
I’m going to suggest two interesting player props this time, both from my good friend (and sometimes site editor) Colten. Danny Green over 8.5 points seems like a good idea, as he might want to show his former team what they’re missing. We’re also going to go back to Anthony Davis points over set at 23.5. Most teams struggle to guard Davis this year and it has been his struggles when he’s fallen short of expectations. LeBron went off on Monday, now it’s AD’s turn.
Where to watch
The game will be broadcast on ESPN starting at 4:30 PST tonight, and will also be available on SportsNet LA.
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