Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Lakers betting tips and predictions for Tuesday’s 2nd part of the NBA on TNT double-header. The Phoenix Suns head to LA riding a 3 game win streak as they face a Lakers team that has lost 2 in a row. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Winning their last 3 games has enabled the Phoenix Suns to stay top of the Western Conference standings, but tonight they face a real test against the wounded Lakers. If we look at the most recent meetings, the Suns have done quite well against LA with a 4-1 SU record in the last 5 games. They’ve also covered in 4 of those games. Their fans will be optimistic ahead of tonight’s game, the road form has been stellar at 9-2 SU in the last 11 games. Chris Paul is playing at an elite level, even without Devin Booker, but for some reason people are leaving him out of the MVP conversation. What’s most impressive about this team is their depth, a total of 9 players scored in double figures in the win over Charlotte, we can expect a similar onslaught tonight vs the Lakers.
Los Angeles Lakers
LA is battling with injuries right now, but that’s basically half the league at this time so they cannot use that as an excuse. Anthony Davis suffered a MCL injury and will be out for a couple of months. Avery Bradley and Malik Monk are in the health and safety protocols, while Kendrick Nunn is also out with a knee injury. LeBron James is still playing at an elite level, Russell Westbrook has had his struggles but has improved a lot in the month of December. The Lakers have dropped 2 in a row, but both away from home. They are 10-7 at Staples Center this season, so that could be encouraging here. Their form against Western Conference teams has been brutal lately, they are just 4-16 ATS in the last 20 such games.
Phoenix is one of the best road teams in the NBA with a 10-3 record, but they’ve covered just 7 times in those 13 games. They are 6.5 point favorites tonight, I think the Lakers will have a lot of energy coming back home here and will put up resistance. Lebron James won’t allow this team to get destroyed at home that easily. Back the Lakers to cover.
Los Angeles Lakers – Phoenix Suns Predictions & Odds
Lakers +6.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds on bet365
Phoenix is coming off 3 straight games in which they scored over 110 points. They’ve averaged 122 in those games, the 2nd highest mark in the league. The Lakers are the 7th highest home scoring team in the NBA with 111.9 points per game this season, so you already have a sense of where I’m going with this. With no Anthony Davis in the middle, the defense will suffer for LA and they’ll allow a ton of points once again. But thankfully they have the firepower to respond. Russell Westbrook loves to push the tempo, I think he will do so here in order to keep the Lakers in this game. Lakers have struggled with scoring against the Suns in the last 3 head-to-head, but that all changes tonight in front of the home crowd at Staples. The over has gone 5 times in the last 7 Laker home games and for the season they are 10-7 on the O/U at home. These are the 2nd and 5th fastest teams in the NBA this season. Let’s back the points in this one.
Over 219.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds on bet365