For those of you looking for a little more than NFL action today, there are three great games going on in the Association today that are definitely worth checking out. We’ve got some intriguing match-ups, including a Lakers vs. 76ers battle that was originally billed as Andrew Bynum against his old squad, but unfortunately he won’t be playing due to injury. Still, this will be an interesting match-up between two new-look teams. Check out these breakdowns of the other two games as well and have a great and lazy Sunday!
Los Angeles Lakers 10-14 at Philadelphia 76ers 12-11
With Andrew Bynum missing the entire season so far while still recovering from knee surgery and with the Lakers All-Star lineup, most fans and bettors probably thought the Lakers would be the ones with the winning record and that the Sixers would not. Well, as you can see that’s not the case. The Lakers are still trying to find their groove with a new coach and a new offense, while the Sixers have found some success without their big preseason acquisition.
The Lakers won’t be able to take advantage too much of Bynum’s absence since they will be missing Pau Gasol and Steve Nash, who are both out with injuries as well. Philly may be missing Jrue Holiday along with Bynum, so with both teams so banged up, who will have the advantage?
The Lakers have struggled without a true point guard, but Kobe is playing well (he is in fact the league’s leading scorer so far this season) and Dwight Howard may be able to dominate the paint today without Bynum there to defend the goal. The Lakers win by default here. Take LA to cover -3 points, riding Kobe’s hot hand.
Denver Nuggets 12-12 at Sacramento Kings 7-15
The Nuggets have been fantastic at home, but unfortunately for them, have spend most of their time on the road so far this season. Today, they travel to Sacramento to take on the struggling Kings, so maybe they can alleviate their road woes.
Both defenses have had a hard time, each allowing more than 100 points per game, but the Nuggets are also scoring more than 100 per game, while the Kings have failed to find much offense. The Kings have been better at home as well, but I think the Nuggets have too much firepower and too many outside shooters for them to defend. Take Denver to cover -4.5 on the road today.
New Orleans Hornets 5-17 at Portland Trail Blazers 10-12
Top pick Anthony Davis has played exceptionally well. Unfortunately, he hasn’t played much due to injury during his first NBA season. Meanwhile, Damian Lillard has looked like a potential Rookie of the Year candidate for Portland, averaging nearly 20 points per game. Both players should be in the lineup today, providing a nice rookie match-up.
Portland is a winner of its last two games, while the Hornets have lost six straight, but New Orleans matches-up well against Portland here. The Hornets should look to play in the paint with Davis against a Portland squad that has trouble rebounding and doesn’t defend the middle well. If the Blazers go cold from the outside, look for the Hornets to take this one, by covering +5 points today.