The Phoenix Suns (12-8) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Lakers (12-9) on Tuesday, December 5th. This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena in Crypto.com Arena and televised on TNT. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 10:00 ET.
Suns vs Lakers
The Suns Are Coming Off A Win
The Suns beat the Grizzlies in their most recent game, ending with a score of 116-109. The Suns tipped off as -10-point favorites, but despite their 7 point victory, they couldn’t cover the spread. Before the game, the over/under line was 220.5 points, and both teams ended up surpassing that mark.
When you look at the Suns’ last ten games, they are 8-2 and come into today’s game with an overall record of 12-8. This season, the Suns are 7-3 on the road and 5-5 at home.
Phoenix possesses an ATS record of 9-11 for this season, including their ongoing three game losing streak against the spread. The Suns maintain an ATS record of 5-5 on the road, while they have a 4-6 record vs. the spread when playing at home.
The Lakers Are Coming Off A Win
In their latest game against the Rockets, Anthony Davis was the top scorer for the Lakers’ offense, scoring 27 points and shooting 10/22 from the field. Austin Reaves also contributed 18 points as the Lakers won by a score of 107-97 vs. the Rockets.
Across their last ten games, the Lakers are 6-4 and have an overall record of 12-9. As of now, they are 7th in the Western Conference and are 3rd in their own division, the Pacific.
Los Angeles has an overall ATS record of 9-12 as they come into today’s game. On the road, the Lakers have an ATS record of 5-6, as opposed to a 4-6 record against the spread when playing at home.
Suns Offense Breakdown
The Suns step onto the court for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top-scoring squads, putting up 116.2 points per game (11th). Coming into today’s game, the Suns will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.3 made 3’s per game. Despite struggling with their outside shot, Phoenix remains one of the better offensive units in large part to their ability to get to the charity stripe. So far, the team is averaging 22.8 made free-throws per game.
Lakers Offense Breakdown
The Lakers come into today’s game as the 20th ranked scoring offense at 112.5 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Lakers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 9.9 made 3’s per game. One area of the team’s offense that has been effective is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, they are ranked 6th, with an average of 19.7 made free-throws per game.
Suns Team Defense
Currently, the Suns’ defense holds the 16th rank in the NBA, allowing 113.2 points per game.
Most recently, the Suns’ defense put together a solid performance, giving up just 109 points to the Grizzlies.
Lakers Team Defense
Los Angeles’ defense is currently in line with the NBA average for points allowed, allowing an average of 113.5 points per game.
Most recently, the Lakers’ defense put together a solid performance, giving up just 97 points to the Rockets.
Key Players For The Suns And Lakers
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Kevin Durant will be the primary scorer for the Suns, with 19 points and going 7/14 from the field. This season, he is averaging 31 points per game along with 6.4 boards.
On the opposing side, we anticipate LeBron James to be the top scorer for the Lakers. Our projection has him finishing the game with 18, and he is expected to secure 5 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 55.1%, and he is contributing 24.4 points per game on average.
Suns vs Lakers Trends
- Across their ten previous road games, Phoenix has an ATS mark of 5-5. Their straight up record in these matchups was 7-3 while averaging 114 points per game.
- Through their last three home contests, the Lakers offense has averaged 112 points per game while allowing an average of 126. Los Angeles posted an overall record of 1-2 while going 1-2 ATS.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the underdog, Phoenix has an ATS mark of 4-6 while going 2-8 straight up.
- Through their last five games as the favorite, the Lakers have an ATS record of 4-1 and a straight up mark of 5-0.
The Suns come in as the underdog at +1.5, making them our top choice on the point spread. We not only expect them to cover the spread but also believe they have a strong chance of winning the game outright, especially if you’re aiming for a higher moneyline payout.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 228 and our model has the Suns and Lakers finishing with a combined 227 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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