NBA Odds: Much-Improved Sixers Visit La-La Land

The Process is working out marvelously for the Philadelphia 76ers (6-6 SU, 8-4 ATS). Their collection of high draft picks has turned into one of the most profitable teams in the NBA, and they’ll be on national television this Wednesday when they visit the Los Angeles Lakers (5-8 SU, 6-7 ATS), tipping off at 10:30 PM ET on ESPN.

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After years of tanking, the Sixers have assembled a roster of talented players, led by center Joel Embiid and 6-foot-10 point guard Ben Simmons. Robert Covington and new arrival JJ Redick are also providing some offensive punch. Philadelphia still has room to grow, but they’re playing above market expectation as they try to make the playoffs for the first time since 2012.
The Lakers, meanwhile, could be on their way to their fifth-straight year outside the postseason, an unprecedented drought for this storied franchise. No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball lacks offensive polish, Larry Nance Jr. is out with a broken hand, and Brandon Ingram has made slow progress in his sophomore campaign. But at least the Lakers are playing sound defense and getting good results from veteran center Brook Lopez, who came over from the Brooklyn Nets in the offseason.

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