Free NBA Picks Today: Philadelphia 76ers vs Los Angeles Lakers 12/9/22

Free NBA Picks Today: Philadelphia 76ers vs Los Angeles Lakers 12/9/22
Fri 9th December 2022

The Philadelphia 76ers (12-12, 7-5 Home) will try to slow down one of the league’s top scoring teams when they welcome the Los Angeles Lakers (10-14, 4-8 Away) on Friday. Los Angeles was beaten by the Toronto Raptors 126-113 at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday. Dennis Schroder was the scoring leader in the losing effort with 18 points. Thomas Bryant was another key contributor with 16 points.

The Lakers are 13th in the Western Conference. Philadelphia lost their third in a row on Monday at Toyota Center, falling to the Houston Rockets 132-123 in double overtime. Joel Embiid had 39 points and three assists in the losing effort to lead the team. The 76ers are the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference.

The teams are meeting for the first time this season. Philadelphia won both matchups between the teams last season, the last of which was a 126-121 triumph at Arena on March 23, their fourth straight head-to-head victory. Embiid led the 76ers with 30 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, and three blocks.

Dwight Howard had 24 points in defeat. The Lakers have been led this season by Anthony Davis and LeBron James, who are averaging 27.3 and 25.8 points per game, respectively.

Both are among the league’s top scorers, as Davis is No. 1 and James is first. Davis also has grabbed 12.3 rebounds per game, most in the league. Meanwhile, Russell Westbrook is dishing 7.3 assists per game.

Tobias Harris (16.9 ppg) has supplied much of the Sixers’ offense. He is the top scorer in the league. Harris also has averaged 6.3 rebounds per game, most in the league. Shake Milton has distributed 3.6 assists per game.

With 114.2 points per game, the Lakers are one of the top scoring offenses in the NBA (5th). The teams have split their last 10 games at Wells Fargo Center (5-5).

In the last 10 games, Los Angeles is 6-4 with an average margin of +4.3 (119.7-115.4). Philadelphia has split the last 10 (5-5), scoring 109.6 points per game on average while holding opponents to 109.2 (+0.4 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Shake Milton: 27.0 | 18.8 | +8.3
Points per game:
Shake Milton: 18.4 | 11.8 | +6.7
Rebounds per game:
James Harden: 4.0 | 6.7 | -2.7
Assists per game:
James Harden: 7.0 | 9.7 | -2.7

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Philadelphia 76ers (-190)

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