The Lakers are of course led by LeBron James, who is at the moment questionable for the game with a left calf contusion. Important to note, however, that James was also questionable going into the Lakers’ Saturday competition with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but ultimately ended up playing, putting up 22 points in the Los Angeles victory. James is still playing at an extremely high level, averaging 25.5 points per game, and is going to be a constant threat the Sixers will have to try to mitigate.
Anthony Davis, currently listed as probable, will likely be tasked with trying to slow down Sixers star center Joel Embiid. Davis is coming off a stellar 32-point, 13-rebound performance in that Saturday win for the Lakers in which he also had two steals and three blocks. AD is having a great young season thus far defensively, and will pose a tough challenge for the production of the NBA’s reigning MVP.
Trying to hinder James and Davis’ tandem will be the main challenge for the Sixers Monday night.
Injuries are probably the Lakers’ biggest weakness right now, with a lengthy injury report going into Monday night.
Even if James and Davis play, that still leaves Cam Reddish questionable and Rui Hachimura, Jarred Vanderbilt and Gabe Vincent all out for the Lakers. A lot is falling on the shoulders of James and Davis.
The Sixers come into Monday evening 13th in defensive rating (112.5) in the NBA compared to the Lakers at ninth (110.7). A much bigger gap comes on the offensive end. The Sixers are currently third in offensive rating at 118.9 and the Lakers are down at 24th at 111.2.
Both teams are coming into Monday night off a win and are looking to keep the momentum going in their direction. The Sixers and Lakers tip off at 7 p.m. ET.
Who: Los Angeles Lakers at Philadelphia 76ers
When: 7:00 pm EST
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Watch: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic