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Kobe Bryant and the Lakers visit Philadelphia with an attempt to win a second straight road game. What are they doing wrong away from L.A.?
The L.A. Lakers, expected to compete for the title, are just 3-8 on the road this season and 10-14 overall. Just about every team is worse on the road than at home, but elite teams are almost never this bad away from their base. But what exactly is tripping up the Lakers on the road, and can they fix that against the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday? Data is via Basketball-Reference.
* On the road the Lakers allow opponents to shoot .456. When L.A.'s at home, opponents shoot .437.
* On the road opponents hit 8.3 threes per game in 21.3 attempts (38.9 percent). At home, the Lakers allow 6.5 threes in 20.2 attempts (32 percent).
* At home the Lakers commit turnovers on 15.6 percent of their own possessions. On the road, the Lakers' turnover rate is 17.6 percent.
The only real danger spot there for the Lakers on Sunday is that Philadelphia is highly ranked in turnover creation (14.4 percent, No. 8 in the NBA). The Sixers are a poor shooting club (No. 24), so it'll be battle of bad results in that department.
Jrue Holiday, a point guard who can scorch Darius Morris and Chris Duhon in the pick-and-roll, is doubtful. That could be the biggest factor in the game. Without Jrue, the Sixers don't look very good at all.