Best NBA prop bets today for Sixers vs. Lakers (LeBron James is passing at an elite level)

Breaking down the best prop bets for the Los Angeles Lakers-Philadelphia 76ers matchup in the NBA on Friday night.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James.
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers host the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night as both teams are looking to climb out of the play-in tournament picture in their respective conferences. 

I don’t love either side in this matchup given the Lakers against the spread struggles as home favorites (12-14 ATS on the season), so I’m looking to the prop market – especially for Lakers star LeBron James – for my best bets in this matchup. 

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Let’s break down these props for the biggest matchup in the NBA on Friday: 

Sixers vs. Lakers best NBA prop bets

  • LeBron James OVER 8.5 assists
  • Austin Reaves OVER 9.5 rebounds and assists

LeBron James OVER 8.5 assists

James has cleared this prop in nine of his last 11 games, averaging 9.5 assists per game over that stretch. 

He’s also averaging 15.6 potential assists per game over that stretch, which ranks third in the NBA behind only Luka Doncic and Tyrese Haliburton. Wow.

Given James’ elite passing ability all season (he’s averaging 8.1 assists per game), I don’t mind taking him to push double-digit dimes against a Philly team that allows 26.2 opponent assists per game this season. 

Austin Reaves OVER 9.5 rebounds and assists

Austin Reaves’ ability to stuff the stat sheet is underrated, and the betting market continues to underrate him in this market. 

Reaves is averaging 4.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists on the season, clearing 9.5 rebounds and assists in nine of his 13 games since the All-Star break. Over that stretch, he’s averaging 4.8 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game.

The Sixers are actually in the bottom 10 in the league in opponent rebounds per game allowed this season, which could help Reaves go OVER this number. Plus, the Lakers guard has just three games since the break with fewer than eight rebounds and assists. 

That’s a solid floor, and I expect him to keep things rolling on Friday.

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

Find Peter Dewey's NBA betting record here (futures included). You can also follow my daily plays on BetStamp here.