The Phoenix Suns (19-18) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Lakers (19-19) on Thursday, January 11th. This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles and televised on TNT. The Lakers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Suns are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Raptors. Tip-off is set for 10:00 ET.
Suns vs Lakers
The Suns Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In the game against the Clippers, Kevin Durant was the top scorer for Phoenix, recording 30 points. His field goal percentage for the game was 49.4%. While Devin Booker was 2nd on the team with 20 points, Phoenix fell short in the game with a final score of 138-111.
Coming into today’s game against the Lakers, the Suns have an overall record of 19-18 and have gone 1-2 in their last three games. In the Western Conference, they are currently 8th and are 3rd in the Pacific division.
Phoenix possesses an ATS record of 13-24 for this season, including their ongoing two game losing streak against the spread. This season, Phoenix has a 9-17 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 4-7 as underdogs.
The Lakers Are Coming Off A Win
The Lakers’ most recent game versus the Raptors saw Anthony Davis lead the Lakers with 41 points while shooting 13/17 from the field. The Lakers picked up a 132-131 win, and LeBron James also added 22 points which was 2nd on the team.
Heading into today’s game against the Suns, the Lakers have an overall record of 19-19. Over their last three games, they are 2-1. In the Western Conference, the Lakers are currently ranked 9th and are 4th in the Pacific division.
Los Angeles’ ATS record is currently below .500 at 16-22 for the season. As the favorite this season, Los Angeles is 9-14 vs. the spread while going 7-8 as the underdog.
Suns Offense Breakdown
This season, the Phoenix offense is ranked 16th in the NBA in scoring at 115.2 points per game.
Overall, the Suns are 16th in the NBA in scoring at 115.2 points per game. On the road, they are averaging 112.9 points per game.
Coming into the game, the Suns have outscored the NBA scoring average in 45.9% of their games. They are 10th in the league in field goal percentage at 48% and 7th in true shooting percentage.
When it comes to three-point shooting, Phoenix is 13th in the league in three-point shooting percentage at 37%. They are also 2nd in the NBA in free throws made per game at 21.4.
Lakers Offense Breakdown
This season, the Los Angeles offense is ranked 19th in the NBA in scoring at 114 points per game.
This season, the Lakers are one of the top teams in terms of pace, ranking 7th in the league at 100.6 possessions per game. However, they are just 19th in scoring at 114 points per game.
When playing at home, the Lakers are averaging 114.9 points per game compared to 113.1 on the road. So far, they have outscored the NBA scoring average in just 36.8% of their games.
In terms of field goal percentage, the Lakers are 7th in the league at 48%. However, they are one of the worst three-point shooting teams, ranking 26th in three-point shooting percentage and 30th in three-point attempts.
Suns Team Defense
On defense, the Suns come into the game ranked 14th in the league in points allowed at 114.5 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 118.7 points per contest (9th). When it comes to forced turnovers, the Suns are forcing 14 per game, which is 23rd in the league. They also come into the game sitting 5th in blocked shots at 6.2 per game.
Lakers Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Lakers’ defense has finished two straight games with an increased number of points allowed. Overall, they are 16th in the league at 115.1 points per game allowed. Opponents are hitting 52.8% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 38.4% of their three-point attempts.
Key Players For The Suns And Lakers
In today’s game, our projections have Kevin Durant leading the Suns with 28 points on 10/18 shooting from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 29.6 points per game, in addition to 6.4 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Anthony Davis to be the top scorer for the Lakers. Our projection has him finishing the game with 24, and he is expected to secure 12 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 56.2% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 25.7 points per game.
Suns vs Lakers Trends
- In their last five games away from home, the Suns have a straight up record of 1-4 while going 1-4 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 110 points per game in these contests.
- Across their ten previous home games, Los Angeles has an ATS mark of 4-6. Their straight up record in these matchups was 3-7 while averaging 116 points per game.
- In their last three games as the betting underdog, the Suns have a straight up record of 0-3 and an ATS mark of 0-3.
- Spanning across their last five games as the betting favorite, the Lakers have gone 1-4 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 2-3.
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 237.5 and our model has the Suns and Lakers finishing with a combined 231 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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