Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Lakers betting tips and predictions for Monday’s NBA game on NBA TV. The shorthanded Lakers head to the Valley in hopes of winning a 3rd game in a row, but in their way standing are the Suns who are also on a 2-game win streak. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Devin Booker took it upon himself to drag the Phoenix Suns to a win in their last game as he scored 58 points against the New Orleans Pelicans. Deandre Ayton was absent from that game, he has been upgraded to “questionable” for tonight’s clash with LA, the Lakers will have a ton of trouble slowing him down with Anthony Davis out of the line-up. Although their depth has been weakened with the injury situation, the Suns are slowly digging themselves out of their 5-game losing streak.
This team is 13-3 SU in 16 home games this season, which is one of the best marks in the NBA this season. They are also on an 5-game win streak in head-to-head meetings, and 6-1 SU in 7 home games against the Lakers.
Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James appears to be the only stable factor for LA this season. His 33 points were enough to beat the Washington Wizards 119-117 last night at crypto.com arena, however tonight’s game being a 2nd night of a back to back means that he could be rested in tonight’s game.
LeBron also sat out the 1st meeting of the season against the Suns, which resulted in a 10-point loss for the Lakers. No AD and LeBron would significantly lower the chances of the Lakers pulling off the upset here, they enter the game as 8.5 point underdogs. In that role this season they are just 6-13 SU in 19 games played. Their road form hasn’t been all that impressive with just 5 wins and 9 losses in 14 played. Patrick Beverly is one player they might get back for tonight’s game, he has been out for a while with a calf issue.
Phoenix has dominated this match-up for a while now, winning by double digits in their last 7 wins over LA. Take into account all the injuries as well, the Suns should secure this one fairly easily. Back the home team.
Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Lakers Predictions & Odds
The previous meeting, also played in Phoenix, ended with just 220 points scored as the Lakers tried their best to slow down the pace of the game in order to stay close. I imagine that will be the plan in tonight’s game as well, their last 2 games did go under the total.
Over the last 10 meetings they are averaging just 101.6 points per game against these defensively efficient Suns. Phoenix is scoring 112.4 points during that stretch, so it’s no surprise the last 7 of 10 games have gone under the total. The oddsmakers have set a fairly ambitious mark of 230.5 points for tonight’s game, I don’t think LA has enough firepower at their disposal to compete here, especially if they decide to sit LeBron. Suns are 7-9 on the O/U in home games this season. Take the under.