NBA Point Spread and Betting Diagnosis
Phoenix is only 11-40 complete this season, with four wins in 25 attempts away from your home. In general, the Suns have kept lots of their games alongside an 11-14 record against the spread as the visiting team. They are just 2-7 ATS this year and 13-28 ATS in their last 41 against divisional opponents.
The Lakers are 15-11 on their home floor so far this year. In general, they are 20-27 against the spread, including a 9-15 record against the spread at home. Oddly enough, they are only 7-17 ATS when facing teams with a losing record. They’ve won and covered seven of the last 10 meetings between the groups, however.
One thing we know for certain is that Phoenix has experienced a extremely tough time slowing down its competitors this season. The Suns are have allowed at least 120 points at back-to-back losses, while giving up 111 points or more in each of the last seven losses. Devin Booker and Kelly Oubre Jr. have done their best to carry 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 previous seven days, the Suns haven’t been able to snap out of their funk.
One of the main concerns today is they are playing without Deandre Ayton, T.J. Warren and De’Anthony Melton. That’s just two of their best three point-getters while Melton had been the team’s leading point guard. It is a lot to overcome for a team that was terrible to begin with.
Los Angeles Lakers
The challenge for the Lakers on Sunday night is that they could be without much more ability besides James. They’re 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 team is without Lonzo Ball. James, Kuzma and Ball are just three of the best four players on the team concerning minutes played.
That means the Lakers will require men 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 has largely been a disappointment this year. He has a PER of just 11.9. Zubac has given the team a shot in the arm recently as he has averaged 17.8 points and 7.8 rebounds in his past four contests.
There is no question that the Lakers are fighting and they’ll be shorthanded. But, losses at home to the Phoenix Suns — who’s both shorthanded — are inexcusable. Start Looking for the Lakers to win however, the Suns to cover.
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