In one of the several NBA games on the Wednesday night slate, the Los Angeles Lakers will be playing the Philadelphia 76ers at 7:30 p.m. ET. These two teams split the season series last year, with each team winning on their home courts.
The Lakers (14-4) are coming off a 115-108 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night, extending their winning streak to three games. During their winning streak, LA is defeating teams by an average of 8.3 points. LeBron James recorded a season-high 46 points (19-26 FG, 7-11 3pt), eight rebounds, and six assists. The 36-year-old James is playing like an MVP candidate this season for the defending champs. He is averaging 25.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.4 assists in 32.7 minutes per game. He was also one of five Lakers players in double figures on Monday night.
As for the Sixers (12-6), they are coming off a 15-point loss to the Detroit Pistons on Monday, after winning three consecutive games. In that game, the Sixers did not have Joel Embiid, who was sitting out due to back tightness. Without Embiid, Philly had to lean on Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons. Harris led the team with 25 points on 10-of-19 shooting from the field and 3-of-6 from three point range. He also had seven rebounds and two assists to wrap up his stat line. Simmons, however, had 11 points (5-9 FG), four rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
What can we expect from these two teams on Wednesday night? Can the Sixers keep their winning ways going at home and take down the defending NBA champs? To answer those questions and more, here is our pick against the spread and a player prop you need to put some cash down on.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Pick ATS: Sixers +3.5
The line for Wednesday’s night is currently set at 3.5 points, with the Lakers favored on the road. This season, the Lakers have been great against the spread on the road with a record of 7-3. Surprisingly, Los Angeles’s last road loss ATS was on Monday against the Cavs, where they were favored by double-digits. However, they are taking on a Philadelphia team, who plays great at the Wells Fargo Center and is also 7-3 ATS. The Sixers did not cover in neither of their road games against the Pistons, but they were able to cover in last week’s home games versus the Boston Celtics.
The last time the Sixers suffered a loss against the spread it was on Jan. 12 against the Heat (-8.5). Even though they did not cover Philadelphia still won by three points in overtime. The Sixers should be able to keep it close with the Lakers, despite them not possibly having Seth Curry.
Player Prop: Shake Milton O 11.5 points (+110)
If the Sixers want to pull the upset on the defending champions on Wednesday night, they will need their bench to produce. This season, the Lakers’ bench is outscoring the Sixers’ bench 39.8 points per game to 33.9 points, per StatMuse. One player, who can swing the momentum and play a key role is Shake Milton. Milton is averaging a career-high 15.1 points per game on 46.7 percent shooting from the field and 32.7 percent from three-point range.
While his three-point stats leave a lot to be desired, Milton can give the team an extra boost as their sixth man. He has gone over 11.5 point threshold in eight out 15 games played. Since returning from health and safety protocols, Milton is averaging 16.5 points in six games.
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