Suns vs. Lakers Point Spread: NBA Odds, Prediction
NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis
Phoenix is just 11-40 overall this year, with four wins in 25 attempts away from home. Overall, the Suns have kept lots of their games close with an 11-14 record against the spread as the visiting team. They are only 2-7 ATS this season and 13-28 ATS in their last 41 against divisional opponents.
The Lakers are 15-11 in their home floor up to now this season. In general, they are 20-27 against the spread, including a 9-15 record against the spread at home. Oddly enough, they are just 7-17 ATS when facing teams with a losing record. They have won and covered seven of their last ten meetings between the teams, though.
1 thing we know for certain is that Phoenix has had a very difficult time slowing down its opponents this year. The Suns are have allowed at least 120 points at back-to-back losses, while giving up 111 points or more in each of their past seven losses. Devin Booker and Kelly Oubre Jr. have done their very best to take Phoenix despite their poor defense. However, even with Booker averaging 25.2 points per game and Oubre averaging 17.2 points per game over the past seven days, the Suns have not managed to snap out of the funk.
One of the main concerns today is they are playing with no Deandre Ayton, T.J. Warren and De’Anthony Melton. That’s just two of their top three point-getters while Melton had been the team’s top point guard. It’s a great deal to overcome for a team that was terrible to start with.
Los Angeles Lakers
The challenge for the Lakers on Sunday night is that they could be without much more talent besides James. They are hoping Kyle Kuzma is ready to go after he missed Saturday’s practice and is considered a game-time choice for Sunday. Bear in mind, the staff is without Lonzo Ball. James, Kuzma and Ball are just three of the best four players on the team in terms of minutes played.
That means the Lakers will require guys Brandon Ingram and Ivica Zubac to take the load — even if Kuzma plays. Ingram has averaged 19.3 points a game over the past week but he’s mostly been a disappointment this year. He has a PER of just 11.9. Zubac has awarded the team a shot in the arm recently as he’s averaged 17.8 points and 7.8 rebounds in his last four contests.
There’s no question that the Lakers are struggling and that they’ll be shorthanded. However, losses in the home to the Phoenix Suns — who’s equally shorthanded — are inexcusable. Start Looking for the Lakers to win but the Suns to pay.
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