The Los Angeles Lakers (3-5) travel to face off against the Phoenix Suns (4-4) on Friday, November 10th. This game will be played at Footprint Center in Footprint Center and televised on ESPN. The Suns are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Lakers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Bulls. Tip-off is set for 10:00 ET.
Lakers vs Suns
The Lakers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent matchup, the Lakers conveyed a message to the Rockets with a score of 128-94. The Lakers not only lost the game but also failed to cover the spread as -2 point favorites. In terms of the over/under, the combined 222 points was below the over/under line of 224.
Over the Lakers’ last five games, they are 2-3 and come in with an overall record of 3-5. In their eight games, the Lakers have achieved a 2-3 record in games against Western Conference teams, and they have a 1-2 record in non-conference play.
Los Angeles currently has an ATS record below .500, sitting at 2-6 at this point. On the road, the Lakers have an ATS record of 1-4 compared to a 1-2 record vs. the spread at home.
The Suns Are Coming Off A Win
Most recently, the Suns bested the Bulls with a score of 116-115. At halftime, the teams were all tied up, but the Suns outscored the Bulls 59-58 in the second half.
The Suns are set to play the Lakers, with a chance to surpass .500, considering their current record of 4-4. The team is presently 7th in the Western Conference and 2nd in the Pacific division.
Phoenix comes in with an overall ATS record of 4-4 so far this season. On the road, the Suns have an ATS record of 3-2, as opposed to a 1-2 record against the spread when playing at home.
Lakers Offense Breakdown
Los Angeles has recorded an average of 109 points per game (23rd) throughout eight games games. So far, Los Angeles is averaging 101.8 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Yet, they are still a below average group in terms of made shots per game. So far, the Lakers are 21st in fields goals made per contest.
Suns Offense Breakdown
Phoenix has recorded an average of 112.5 points per game (16th) throughout eight games games. So far, the Suns are averaging 100.1 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Their slower style of play has created fewer offensive opportunities, leading to them being ranked 25th in fields goals made per contest.
Lakers Team Defense
The Lakers’ defense is presently ranked 22nd in the league, allowing an average of 116.2 points per contest.
The Los Angeles defense has allowed opponents to shoot 37.2% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 47.0% of their field goal attempts vs. Los Angeles.
Suns Team Defense
At this time, the Suns’ defense is positioned 12th in the NBA, permitting 111.0 points per game.
When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Suns squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 51.5% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 34.2% from downtown.
Key Players For The Lakers And Suns
The outlook for today’s matchup points to LeBron James as the primary point contributor for the Lakers, finishing with 20 points while maintaining a 8/14 shooting accuracy. During this season, he is delivering an average of 24.4 points per game, along with 8.1 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Kevin Durant as the leading scorer for the Suns. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 16 while also collecting 4 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 51.3% and is averaging 29.2 points per contest.
Lakers vs Suns Trends
- Through their last five road games, Los Angeles has an ATS record of just 1-4. However, their overall record was 0-5 while averaging 107 points per game.
- Through their last ten home games, Phoenix has an ATS record of just 4-6. However, their overall record was 5-5 while averaging 107 points per game.
- Through their last five games as the betting underdog, the Lakers have a strong record vs the spread going 3-2. Their straight up mark in these contests is 0-5.
- As the betting favorite, the Suns have an ATS mark of just 5-5 in their last ten games. Phoenix posted a straight up mark of 7-3 in these matchups.
Lakers vs Suns Prediction
When looking to get a point-spread pick down in this Suns vs. Suns game, our recommendation is to take the Lakers at +4. Despite our model showing the Suns winning 111-109, we like Suns as our point-spread pick.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 222.5, and our model projects the Lakers and Suns to reach a combined total of 220 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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