Lakers’ Anthony Davis is Optimistic About Potential NBA Finals Match up With 76ers

Published 01/28/2021, 5:00 AM EST
Jan 27, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) and guard Ben Simmons (25) and Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) and guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) compete for a loose ball during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports


The Philadelphia 76ers were successful in putting an end to the Lakers 10-0 road winning streak. Now the Lakers know how it feels to lose on the road, and that too with such a thin margin. That’s definitely got to hurt more. However, their unexpected defeat against Philly hasn’t worn them down. Anthony Davis is still very optimistic about their future matchup with the Eastern Conference leaders.

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Anthony Davis has foreseen the future

On one hand, there are the 76ers, who have been excellent on both ends of the floor till now. Their position in the East is a surprise for many because, until last season, they had a lot of issues that needed to be fixed. Nevertheless, the offseason has done wonders for their lineup. With adequate shooters and chemistry, they’re maintaining their top position with a 13-6 record.

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The Sixers made it extremely hard for the Lakers to catch up. With a few seconds left for the buzzer, Tobias Harris’ mid-range jump shot was the final nail in the coffin and the game was over with 107-106. Despite LeBron James putting up another incredible score of 34 points, he just didn’t have it in him to hold the fort alone.

Anthony Davis was better in this game compared to when they played the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, he still doesn’t look like himself and needs to pull up his socks. According to Ryan Ward, Davis believes, “The Lakers are “very capable” of beating the 76ers in a seven-game series if they meet them in the NBA Finals.”

What do the Lakers need to improve on?

While the Lakers defense has shown progress, it is still not up to the mark. For a team with stars like Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Seth Curry, Danny Green, and Tobias Harris, they desperately need a tight defense if they want Davis’ prediction to hold true.

LeBron is showing no signs of slowing down. Undoubtedly, the Lakers do extremely well during clutch moments. They did bounce back from the score being 86-100 and finishing it at 107-106. However, that is something they can’t always rely on.

Jan 27, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) reaches to keep the ball in bounds against Philadelphia 76ers forward Danny Green (14) during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

If you were to predict, do you think the Lakers can take on the fiery Philadelphia 76ers when an NBA title is at stake?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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