Los Angeles Lakers vs. Philadelphia 76ers


Los Angeles had dropped two straight and three of four but stunned the Celtics at the buzzer on a Rajon Rondo jumper. The Lakers entered Saturday 10th in the Western Conference, 1.5 games behind the Clippers for the final playoff spot. Los Angeles trailed by nine at the half, rallied to lead by six after three quarters and found themselves down one in the closing seconds before Rondo knocked down his jumper. The Lakers shot 51.5 percent from the field, including 22 of 41 from three-point range, and survived missing 11 of their 18 free throw attempts.

Philadelphia snapped a two-game skid as they picked up a win over Denver at home Friday night. The 76ers entered Saturday tied for fourth in the Eastern Conference, 6.5 games behind the Bucks for the top spot: they were 4.5 games behind Toronto in the Atlantic Division. Philadelphia led by 10 after one quarter, was tied at the half and found the game tied at 103 with 4:09 to play. The 76ers closed the game on a 14-7 run with their new starting five to get the win. Philadelphia shot 50 percent from the field, including 10 of 22 from three-point range, and connected on 29 of 32 free throw attempts.

The Lakers have covered five of their past six road games, not to mention this series has been dominated by the road team (17-5 ATS last 22 meetings). With the LeBron James looking spry and the Lakers feeling confident after their big win in Boston, I’ll back L.A. to at least keep this competitive. Grab the points.


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