Sixers-Lakers preview: Could Kyle Kuzma steal show from Ben Simmons and Lonzo Ball?

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma swings from the rim after dunking against the Boston Celtics during the third quarter of Boston's 107-96 win in an NBA basketball game in Boston Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

76ers (7-6) at Los Angeles Lakers (6-8)

Wednesday at 10:30 p.m., Staples Center

Talking points

A victory would enable the Sixers to leave California with a 3-2 record on their five-game road trip. This matchup could get interesting. All eyes will be on the point guard matchup between Ben Simmons and the Lakers’ Lonzo Ball.  However, Lakers power forward Kyle Kuzma has emerged as one of the league’s elite rookies. Thanks to him, the Lakers have won three straight home games.

How to watch and follow the game

  • TV and streaming: NBC Sports Philadelphia
  • Radio: 97.5 FM
  • Twitter: @PompeyOnSixers

Starting lineups

Sixers (7-6)

33 Robert Covington SF 6-9  16.8 ppg. 1.62 spg

9 Dario Saric PF 6-10  9.8 ppg. 5.2 rpg.

21 Joel Embiid C 7-2 20.9 ppg. 10.8 rpg.

17 JJ Redick SG 6-4  15.1 ppg. 4.0 apg.

25 Ben Simmons PG 6-10 17.8 ppg. 9.2 rpg.

Coach: Brett Brown (fifth season, 82-259)

Injury report: Markelle Fultz (right shoulder scapular muscle imbalance, out); Jerryd Bayless (left wrist soreness, TBD); Nik Stauskas (sprained right ankle, out); Jahlil Okafor (upper respiratory infection, TBD).

Lakers  (6-8)

14 Brandon Ingram SF 6-9 13.9 ppg 4.8 rpg.

0 Kyle Kuzma PF 6-9 14.9  ppg. 6.8 rpg.

11 Brook Lopez C 7-0 15.3 ppg. 4.8 rpg.

1 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SG 6-5 11.5 ppg. 5.1 rpg.

2 Lonzo Ball PG 6-6 9.5 ppg. 7.2 apg.

Coach: Luke Walton (Second season, 32-64)

Injury report: Larry Nance, Jr. (left hand second metacarpal fracture, out)

Head to head

The Lakers hold a 144-133 series advantage. The teams split last season’s two meetings.

Coming games

Saturday: 7:30 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Golden State Warriors vs. Sixers

Monday 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Utah Jazz vs. Sixers

Nov. 22: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Portland Trail Blazers vs. Sixers

Nov. 25: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center,  Orlando Magic vs. Sixers

Nov. 27:  7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Sixers

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