NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Philadelphia 39 25 32 25 121
LA Lakers 20 33 28 24 105
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Staples Center, Los Angeles, California  Attendance: 18,997

76ers, Lakers might look like themselves again in matchup

According to STATS
According to STATS

Philadelphia 76ers at Los Angeles Lakers

  1. These teams split their six matchups over the previous three seasons but the 76ers have won each of the last two in Los Angeles. Philadelphia has not won three straight over the Lakers in Los Angeles since a three-game win streak in 1967.
  2. The 76ers lost in Denver on Saturday, 126-110, falling to 32-18 on the year. Despite the loss, they have their most wins through 50 games of a season since a 36-14 start in 2000-01. That season marks the last time Philadelphia appeared in the NBA Finals, where it lost to the Lakers in five games.
  3. The Lakers snapped their three-game losing streak with a 116-102 win over the Suns on Sunday. Los Angeles shot 52.8 percent from the field, its fifth straight game making at least half of its field-goal attempts. That is the team's longest such streak since another five-game streak in March 2009.
  4. Ben Simmons has 814 points, 466 rebounds and 403 assists in 49 games this year. He is the second player in the last 30 seasons to reach 800/400/400 in fewer than 50 games of a season, joining Russell Westbrook (three times).
  5. Joel Embiid recorded 46 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists and seven blocks against the on November 15, 2017, becoming the first player in NBA history (since blocks became official in 1973-74) to post those numbers in a game.
  6. Ivica Zubac scored 24 points, grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds and matched a career high with four blocks on Sunday, becoming the first Laker to record at least 20 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks in a game since Pau Gasol did so on January 20, 2014.

The Los Angeles Lakers and visiting Philadelphia 76ers could be near full strength when they meet for the first time this season on Tuesday.

Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James is on the verge of returning from a 16-game absence because of a groin injury sustained against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas.

James, who leads the Lakers in scoring (27.3) and rebounding (8.3) and is second in assists (7.1), began taking part in full-contact practices over the weekend. The Lakers are 6-10 without him.

Second-leading scorer Kyle Kuzma (19.1) sat out a 116-102 win against the visiting Phoenix Suns on Sunday evening with a sore hip, but he should be ready to return against Philadelphia.

The 76ers have been short-handed the past three games and were severely overmatched in a 126-110 loss to the Nuggets in Denver on Saturday night.

Philadelphia was missing its top two scorers, center Joel Embiid (27.2) and shooting guard Jimmy Butler (19.0), as well as starting small forward Wilson Chandler.

All three are expected back against the Lakers, however.

Embiid took Saturday night off to rest after experiencing back tightness in previous games, giving him six days off before playing Los Angeles. He recorded his career high of 46 points in a 115-109 win against the Lakers at Staples Center on Nov. 15, 2017.

Embiid missed the highly anticipated matchup against Denver 7-footer Nikola Jokic, but he'll be up against a young Lakers center who is building confidence. Ivica Zubac had 24 points and a career-high 16 rebounds against the Suns, and he has reached double figures in points in five straight games for the first time in his three-year career.

"You're going to get little chances here and there, and you've got to show your coaches you deserve more," Lakers coach Luke Walton said. "Every time we play him, he keeps playing at a high level."

Butler has missed the past three games with a sore right wrist. He saw a specialist in Los Angeles on Friday and was diagnosed with a sprain. Chandler has been bothered by left hamstring tightness and sat out against the Nuggets, his team the past six seasons.

"If we needed this game, like it was a playoff run or something like that, I could have played easily," Chandler told reporters afterward.

The 76ers had been building momentum all month until running into the Nuggets.

The last time they were at full strength, they posted a decisive 120-96 win Jan. 17 at the Indiana Pacers, who are one spot ahead of the 76ers in third place in the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia then lost to the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder for the 19th straight time as Butler missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer in the 117-115 defeat, but they rebounded without Butler to post wins last week against the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs, two more teams that currently hold playoff spots.

The 76ers were 9-3 in January before running into the Nuggets, the No. 2 team in the Western Conference standings.

"You look forward to moving on, getting the guys healthy and continuing on with our season," Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said.

This will be the first meeting between the teams since Dec. 7, 2017, when Lakers forward Brandon Ingram made a 3-pointer in the final second for a 107-104 win, ending a five-game losing streak.

The teams will also play Feb. 10 in Philadelphia.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 28, 2019

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