NBA Point Spread and Betting Diagnosis
Phoenix is just 11-40 overall this year, with four wins in 25 tries away from your home. In general, the Suns have retained a lot of their games close with 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 in their home floor up to now this season. Overall, they’re 20-27 against the spread, such as 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 covered and won seven of their last 10 meetings between the teams, though.
One thing we know for certain is that Phoenix has experienced a very difficult time slowing down its opponents this season. The Suns are have allowed at least 120 points in 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 bad defense. However, even with Booker averaging 25.2 points per game and Oubre averaging 17.2 points per game over the past seven days, the Suns have not managed to snap out of the funk.
One of the main concerns right now is that they are playing without Deandre Ayton, T.J. Warren and De’Anthony Melton. That is two of the top three point-getters while Melton had been the team’s top point guard. It’s a great deal 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 may be without much more talent besides James. They are hoping Kyle Kuzma is ready to proceed after he missed Saturday’s practice and is thought of as a game-time decision for Sunday. Bear in mind, the staff is without Lonzo Ball. James, Kuzma and Ball are three of the best four players on the team concerning minutes played.
That usually means the Lakers will require guys Brandon Ingram and Ivica Zubac to carry the load — even when Kuzma plays. Ingram has averaged 19.3 points a game over the past week but he has largely been a disappointment this season. He’s got a PER of just 11.9. Zubac has awarded the group a shot in the arm recently as he has averaged 17.8 points and 7.8 rebounds in his past four contests.
There’s no question that the Lakers are struggling and they’ll be shorthanded. But, losses in the home to the Phoenix Suns — who is equally shorthanded — are inexcusable. Look for the Lakers to win however, the Suns to pay.
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