NBA Point Spread and Betting Diagnosis
Phoenix is only 11-40 overall this season, with four wins in 25 tries away from home. Overall, 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 on their home floor so far this year. In general, they’re 20-27 against the spread, such as a 9-15 record against the spread at home. Oddly enough, they’re just 7-17 ATS when facing teams with a losing record. They have won and covered seven of their last ten meetings between the teams, though.
1 thing we know for sure is that Phoenix has had a extremely tough time slowing down its competitors this year. 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 past seven losses. Devin Booker and Kelly Oubre Jr. have done their best to carry Phoenix despite their bad defense. But even with Booker averaging 25.2 points per game and Oubre averaging 17.2 points per game over the previous seven days, the Suns have not managed to snap out of the funk.
One of their most important concerns right now is they are playing without Deandre Ayton, T.J. Warren and De’Anthony Melton. That is just two of the top few point-getters while Melton had become the team’s top point guard. It’s 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 may be without a lot more talent besides James. They’re hoping Kyle Kuzma is ready to go after he missed Saturday’s clinic and is thought of as a game-time decision 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 in terms of minutes played.
That usually means the Lakers will need men Brandon Ingram and Ivica Zubac to carry the load — even if Kuzma plays. Ingram has averaged 19.3 points per game over the last week but he’s mostly been a disappointment this season. He’s got a PER of just 11.9. Zubac has awarded the team a shot in the arm as he has averaged 17.8 points and 7.8 rebounds in his past four contests.
There’s no question that the Lakers are fighting and they’ll be shorthanded. However, declines at home to the Phoenix Suns — who is equally shorthanded — are inexcusable. Start Looking for the Lakers to win however, the Suns to cover.
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