Two struggling teams meet at the Wells Fargo Center as the Philadelphia 76ers host the Los Angeles Lakers in the regular season of the National Basketball Association.
The Philadelphia 76ers are looking to avoid history as they try to get their first win of the season after 19 games when they host Kobe Bryant and the rest of the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. This will be the first road game for the Lakers since Bryant announced on The Player’s Tribune that he will be retiring from basketball at the end of the season.
Bryant is coming home to Philadelphia for the last time in his storied career, but the Sixers will try to spoil it and improve their 0-18 start to the season in front of an expected sold-out crowd at the Wells Fargo Center.
Philadelphia has been last in points per game differential at minus-12, last in points per game at 90.8 points, and last in turnovers per game at 17.9. They are also bottom five in assists per game, bottom two in field goal percentage, and bottom six in rebounding.
The Lakers offense has been staggering as well, as they rank last in field goal percentage and bottom four in assists per game. They are also bottom four in opponent points per game, allowing 106 points per contest, and have been second to last in points per game differential at minus-8.9.
This is just a quick glimpse at how awful both these teams have been this season and what to expect from each team heading into this Tuesday night battle.
For the Lakers, this will be the first of a long eight-game road trip which consists of eight games in 11 nights, including three sets of back to backs. The team enters this trip on a seven-game road losing streak with their last road victory coming against the Brooklyn Netson November 6.
Both the Lakers and Sixers were in action Sunday evening, as L.A. played the Indiana Pacers and Philly played the Memphis Grizzlies
Meanwhile, the 76ers have had a hoard of injuries to key players this season which has played a significant role in their disappointing start. Sunday against Memphis, Nerlens Noel sat out with knee soreness and is listed questionable for this upcoming contest. Philly was led by the 16 points of Isaiah Canaan, while Robert Covingtonchipped in 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and seven steals.
Covington has been a defensive spark for the Sixers since returning from his knee injury. The 24-year-old has been averaging 7.0 steals over the last three games and has been averaging 3.6 steals for the season.
Last year, the Lakers swept the season series, 2-0, between these two teams, and the last time these two teams clashed, the game went to overtime, where the Lakers escaped with a narrow two-point victory behind Clarkson’s 26 points.
It should be an interesting battle between two of the worst teams in the league