LeBron James

This game is filled with injuries. On the Philly side, Ben Simmons, Josh Richardson and Joel Embiid are all out and it’s unclear when they are going to return. At this point, the 76ers are likely more concerned with making sure they are healthy for the playoffs than fighting for playoff seeding. For the Lakers, Anthony Davis ($10,400) is questionable to play after missing Sunday’s win over the Pelicans. Keeping up with the injury reports is going to be key for tonight.

Note: All salaries will be Flex prices unless noted as Captain’s Pick prices.


FIVE BETTING TRENDS

— The 76ers have failed to cover the spread in 14 of their last 16 road games.

— Each of the Lakers’ last four night games at STAPLES Center have gone UNDER the total points line.

— Anthony Davis has scored 29-plus points in each of the Lakers’ last three Tuesday games against Eastern Conference opponents.

— LeBron James has recorded nine or more rebounds in seven of his last eight appearances against the 76ers.

— Al Horford has recorded five or more assists in each of the 76ers’ last four games.

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CAPTAIN OPTIONS TO CONSIDER


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SHOWDOWN STRATEGY

76ers

In recent games without Simmons and Embiid, Shake Milton ($7,400) has been on fire. Over the last three games, he’s made 80% of his threes and set an NBA record by making 14 consecutive triples. Surely he is going to regress, but until he Sixers’ All-Stars return, we can anticipate extra playing time and usage for Milton. He’s scored at least 35 DKFP in the last three games and is coming off a 54.75 DKFP performance against the Clippers.

We can also expect big games from Al Horford ($8,200) and Tobias Harris ($8,800) due to the Philly injuries. With Embiid, Richardson and Simmons off the court, Horford scores 48.28 DKFP per 36 minutes and Harris scores 44.5 DKFP per 36 minutes. The Sixers were already a team short on depth and there isn’t really anybody left other than Horford, Harris and Milton to facilitate in the offense.

For cheap, I think we could see extended minutes from Glenn Robinson III ($2,000) and Furkan Korkmaz ($4,200) to fill the void being left by Josh Richardson. This makes both of them viable value options. Between the two, I lean towards whoever starts as being the stronger value. Due to the pricing, I am hoping that GR3 gets the nod since he’s cheaper. We haven’t seen him get a ton of run with Philly although he’s averaging 23.11 DKFP as a starter for the season going back to his time with the Warriors.


Lakers

If Anthony Davis ($10,400) is unable to play, LeBron James ($17,100 CP/$11,400) easily makes for the best choice at Captain. Last game, he scored 75.5 DKFP and put up a triple-double in a win over the Pelicans. For the season, LeBron has a 34.9% usage rating and scores 57.5 DKFP per 36 minutes when AD is off the court. He is going to have to carry the Lakers again if Davis is out. This also figures to be a much easier matchup than the numbers suggest due to all the Sixers’ injuries.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Davis will be available to play tonight.

Kyle Kuzma ($6,200) also becomes a stronger play if Davis is ruled out. Kuz started in place of AD on Sunday and scored 29.5 DKFP in 35 minutes. This is about what we have come to expect from him as a starter this season. In seven starters, he’s averaging 31.36 DKFP. The only issue with Kuzma is that he needs to start to have value. Coming off the bench, he only plays 23.5 minutes per game and averages 19.9 DKFP.

Another Lakers’ injury we need an update on, Alex Caruso ($1,800) is questionable to play. He’s dealing with a hamstring injury and was also held out of the Lakers’ win on Sunday. If he is out, there is more playing time available to Danny Green ($3,200) and Rajon Rondo ($3,800). Between the two, Green had the better game on Sunday, scoring 17.75 DKFP despite dealing with early foul trouble.


THE OUTCOME

Even though AD is questionable, the Lakers are a significant favorite in this game. Given all the injuries on the Sixers’ side of the game, it’s easy to see why. Even if Davis can’t play, the Lakers still have LeBron and he is more than enough to win most games. It’s difficult to see the 76ers overcoming all their injuries and winning on the road in Los Angeles.

Final Score: Los Angeles 116, Philadelphia 105

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