Sixers-Lakers: Can Sixers avoid another letdown?

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Joel Embiid led the Sixers with a 46-point performance in the team’s last matchup against the Lakers on Nov. 15.

Los Angeles Lakers  (8-15) at 76ers (13-10)

Thursday at 8 p.m., at the Wells Fargo Center

Talking points

On paper, this game should be a breeze for the Sixers. The Lakers have lost five straight and seven of their last nine games. Joel Embiid also torched them for 46 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists and seven blocks in the teams’ Nov. 15 meeting in Los Angeles. The Sixers won that game, 115-109.  The Sixers can’t come in overconfident, though. They did that Monday against the struggling Phoenix Suns and lost, 115-101.

How to watch and follow the game

Starting lineups

Lakers  (8-15)

14 Brandon Ingram SF 6-9 16.0 ppg 5.4 rpg.

7 Larry Nance Jr. PF 6-9 9.4 ppg. 7.2 rpg.

11 Brook Lopez C 7-0 13.3 ppg. 4.5 rpg.

1 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SG 6-5 13.7 ppg. 5.2 rpg.

2 Lonzo Ball PG 6-6 8.7 ppg. 7.0 apg.

Coach: Luke Walton (second season, 34-71)

Injury report: None

Sixers (13-10)

33 Robert Covington SF 6-9  15.0 ppg. 6.2 rpg

9 Dario Saric PF 6-10  11.4 ppg. 6.5 rpg.

21 Joel Embiid C 7-2 23.0 ppg. 11.3 rpg.

17 JJ Redick SG 6-4  16.0 ppg. 3.6 apg.

25 Ben Simmons PG 6-10 18.0 ppg. 9.3 rpg.

Coach: Brett Brown (fifth season, 88-263)

Injury report: Markelle Fultz (right shoulder scapular muscle imbalance, out); Justin Anderson (left shin splints, out); TJ McConnell (sprained AC joint in left shoulder, questionable), Dario Saric (left eye laceration/corneal abrasion right eye, questionable).

Head to head

The Lakers hold a 144-134 series advantage.

Coming games

Saturday: 8 p.m., at Quicken Loans Arena, Sixers at Cleveland Cavaliers

Sunday: 7 p.m., at Smoothie King Center, Sixers at New Orleans Pelicans

Tuesday: 9:30 p.m., at Target Center, Sixers at Minnesota Timberwolves

Dec. 15: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Oklahoma City Thunder at Sixers

Dec. 18: 8 p.m., at United Center, Sixers at Chicago Bulls