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MUST-BET JAMES HARDEN NBA Player Props & 76ers vs. Lakers Betting Picks Today | 3/23/22

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Joel Embiid is back, James Harden is back and LeBron James is questionable. The Lakers are hoping for a typical game with James on the injury report, as he has put up 30-plus in each of the last eight games with the questionable tag. Still, without Anthony Davis, the Lakers sit 10 games below .500 but are still in the 9th seed out West, one game above the Pelicans. The Lakers would essentially need to win and have epic collapses by both the Timberwolves and Nuggets just to make it out of the play-in game bracket. James will not be able to do it alone tonight, although he will certainly try, as Russell Westbrook will not have the easiest matchup against Philadelphia.

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The 76ers cannot expect to walk into the Crypto.com Arena and be guaranteed a win, at least from a defensive standpoint. The Lakers are 11th in the NBA in scoring per game and can push the pace on Philadelphia. Getting Embiid and Harden back should do wonders for the team’s spacing, so expect a lot of points all around from both teams. Since his arrival, the Sixers are 8-3 with Harden active. Tyrese Maxey seems to have benefitted the most, as the Sixers guard has become one of the bright rising stars in the league. Tobias Harris is back to a fourth scoring option, which should also help the Sixers balance. Ultimately, without any scoring presence to counter Embiid, the Lakers are in serious trouble in the paint.

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NBA Player Props & Picks Today | 76ers vs. Lakers

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Time: 10 p.m. EST
Venue:
Crypto.com Arena — Los Angeles, Calif.
Coverage: ESPN

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76ers -2.5 First Quarter Spread: -110 (FanDuel)

The 76ers seem to jump out early, then slowly wear down in the second half. They are also going up against a dangerously desperate Lakers team, led by one of the game’s most prolific players, still nearing a triple-double over the past eight games. For those reasons alone it is best to utilize OddsShopper to maximize the value on a first-quarter play, rather than risk the entire game and a 7-point spread. The Lakers are just 17-19-1 in the first quarter at home against the spread, compared to the Sixers 18-15-1 record against the spread for first quarters on the road. James comes off an emotional night in his last game, a return to Cleveland where he was all over the box score. The Lakers also are home for just tonight’s game, before hitting the road again for three straight. It is a natural jump that Los Angeles will come out a little sluggish compared to a revitalized Sixers team that welcomes back their top two players.

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Westbrook/Harden Under Assists Same Game Parlay: +210 (FanDuel)

OddsShopper provides two strong under plays in both their xROI and xWin categories, which allows for a juicy two-leg same game parlay. Leg one is under 6.5 assists from Westbrook, backed by a 5.3 free projection from Awesemo. OddsShopper likes this leg to hit at a 71% chance, with the strongest xROI at 30% on the play. The second leg is under 10.5 assists for Harden, supported by a free projection from Awesemo of 9.1 assists. OddsShopper has a 70% chance of hitting the second leg.

Tobias Harris Over 15.5 Points: +100 (DraftKings)

This is the perfect spot for Harris tonight as the true fourth scoring option for the 76ers. His point total is a little lower with the return of Embiid and Harden, which allows even better value with an even-money return. Awesemo’s free projection has Harris finishing with 17.5 points, and OddsShopper has a 61% xWin chance of hitting this prop. They also have a 23% xROI on Harris going over 15.5 points, something that should be rather easy with so much focus on Embiid, Harden and now, Maxey.


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Tyrese Maxey Over 16.5 Points: -106 (FanDuel)

The Lakers are one of the worst teams in the NBA in defending the point guard spot and give up a lot of points at that position. Maxey has comfortably nestled in as the Sixers’ third scoring option, with the ability to take over if Harden or Embiid struggle. Maxey is projected to finish with 16.9 points and OddsShopper has a 52% xWin chance of going over the above total. Maxey has cleared 17 points in four of his last five games, averaging 18.5 points over 11 games played in March.

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