The LA Lakers host the Philadelphia 76ers at the Crypto.com Arena on Wednesday. The two teams are facing off for the second time this season, with the Sixers routing the Lakers 105-87 in their first meeting in Pennsylvania.
ThePhiladelphia 76ers rested James Harden and Joel Embiid for their last game against the Heat. Although they won the game behind Tyrese Maxey’s 28-point outing, the franchise faced considerable backlash for sitting out their star duo.
For starters, the Heat are a marquee matchup and are the top seed in the East, so resting the superstars for such an important game didn’t make sense. The 76ers are already playing with an entirely new lineup because of their mid-season blockbuster trade, and not playing their stars against a playoff team wasn’t well-received by the fans and media.
The LA Lakers, on the other hand, are coming off a morale-boosting victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James returned to his old stomping ground and dropped a 38-point triple-double with 12 assists and 11 rebounds.
The Lakers played like a cohesive unit and got the win behind James’ late-game heroics. They are currently 10 games below .500 and destined for the NBA play-in tournament.However, one reason for concern is that the 10th-seeded New Orleans Pelicans are just one game behind the Purple and Gold.
If the Lakers lose any more games, they risk falling to the 10th spot or, in the worst-case scenario, out of the play-in spots.
Philadelphia 76ers Injury Report
Head coach Doc Rivers of the Philadelphia 76ers
The Sixers are likely to feature an entirely healthy lineup for this game. The only players unavailable for the matchup are the ones sent to the NBA G-League. These include Jaden Springer, Myles Powell and Charles Bassey.
Player Name: Status: Reason:
Charles Bassey Out G-League – On Assignment
Jaden Springer Out G-League – On Assignment
Myles Powell Out G-League – Two-way
LA Lakers Injury Report
The LA Lakers injury report for this game is largely similar to the ones they have put out in recent weeks. Anthony Davis and Kendrick Nunn are still out and have no timeline for a return.
With just 10 games left in the season, it looks like they might not lace up at all.LeBron James is questionable due to effusion and soreness in his knee but is expected to play.
Talen Horton-Tucker is also questionable for this clash due to a sprained ankle and Mason Jones has been sent to the NBA G-League.