Here are the matchups for the National Basketball Association championship series between the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers. The best-of-seven series begins Thursday at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.


Los Angeles--The Lakers are 54 percent from the field in the playoffs (52 percent in the regular season), mainly because they get so many fast breaks. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's sky hook is a high percentage shot and Norm Nixon, Jamaal Wilkes and Bob McAdoo are long range scorers. Nixon is averaging 22.5 points, Abdul-Jabbar 22.1 and Wilkes 20.3.

Philadelphia--The 76ers depend on Andrew Toney and Julius Erving to get a lot of points on their own. Toney goes hot and cold. The Sixers were second in the NBA in the regular season in field goal percentage (51.8).

Los Angeles has the advantage.


Los Angeles--The Lakers were second in the NBA in rebounding behind San Antonio, and Magic Johnson was the leading rebounding guard (9.6). That strength makes their fast break devastating.

Philadelphia--Because much of their offense is free lance, at times the Sixers stand around and don't get into good rebounding position. Leading regular season rebounder was Caldwell Jones (8.7).

Los Angeles has the advantage.


Los Angeles--The Lakers were second in the league in steals, with Johnson the individual leader (2.67). Lakers press, trap and harass and will need to to contain Toney.

Philadelphia--The Sixers were third in the league in steals, with Maurice Cheeks second behind Johnson (2.65); Sixers also led league in blocked shots, averaging 7.6 a game. Like Lakers, Sixers use defense to trigger transition game.

No advantage.


Los Angeles--The Lakers use seven players, but the sixth and seventh, McAdoo and Michael Cooper, are legitimate stars and so versatile each can play three positions.

Philadelphia--With Lionel Hollins still hampered by a fractured knuckle, depth is a problem. Clint Richardson has helped at guard, but with Toney and Bobby Jones starting now, the reserves are depleted.

Los Angeles has the advantage.


The Lakers are hot, going 8-0 to get to the final, and are confident and well rested. The Sixers are coming off perhaps the most important victory in their history Sunday in Boston and are as well suited as any team to challenge the Lakers.