NBA Point Spread and Betting Diagnosis
Phoenix is just 11-40 overall this season, with four wins in 25 attempts away from home. In general, the Suns have kept a lot of their games alongside an 11-14 record from 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 up to now this season. In general, they’re 20-27 against the spread, including a 9-15 record against the spread at home. Oddly enough, they are just 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.
1 thing we know for sure is that Phoenix has had a extremely tough time slowing down its opponents this year. The Suns are have allowed at least 120 points at back-to-back losses, while offering up 111 points or more in each of the past seven losses. Devin Booker and Kelly Oubre Jr. have done their best to carry Phoenix despite their poor defense. However, despite Booker averaging 25.2 points per match 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 today is that they are playing with no Deandre Ayton, T.J. Warren and De’Anthony Melton. That is two of their best three point-getters while Melton had been the team’s leading point guard. It is a great deal to overcome for a group that was terrible to start with.
Los Angeles Lakers
The challenge for the Lakers on Sunday night is that they could be without much more talent besides James. They’re hoping Kyle Kuzma is ready to proceed after he missed Saturday’s clinic and is considered a game-time decision for Sunday. Bear in mind, the staff is currently 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 need guys Brandon Ingram and Ivica Zubac to take the load — even when Kuzma plays. Ingram has averaged 19.3 points per game over the last week but he has mostly been a disappointment this year. He has a PER of just 11.9. Zubac has awarded the team a shot in the arm as he’s 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. However, declines at home to the Phoenix Suns — who’s both shorthanded — are inexcusable. Look for the Lakers to win however, the Suns to pay.
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