Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers is 9-point favorites over the Phoenix Suns this evening.Â The over/under total for the game is set at 202. The two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers are winners of 12 of their last 13 games.
The two Western Conference foes will be meeting for the fourth time this season. Ironically, the road team has captured each of the first three meetings this season, with the er winning on two occasions. In fact, the er is 6-2 in the last eight series meetings in Los Angeles. The first matchup on October 29th saw the Lakers register a 114-106 victory as 3-point road favorites. The combined 220 points went er the 207-point closing total.Â Two weeks later on November 19th the Suns got their revenge by beating the Lakers as 8-point road underdogs, 121-116. Though oddsmakers set the total 8-points higher than the first meeting, the combined 237 points still went er. The most recent meeting was on January 5th and saw the Lakers edge the Suns as four-point road favorites, 99-95. This was the lone game that went der the total, which closed at 206-points.
The Lakers are coming of Sundays hard-fought 84-80 win against Portland. Los Angeles did not cover as six-point home favorites, lowering its overall record against the spread to 34-36. In addition, the Lakers are 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 home games, which lowered their overall record against the spread at home to 13-20. The combined 164 points never threatened the 186-point closing total, enabling the der to improve to 43-27 in the Lakers first 70 games.
The Suns have won their last two games after suffering through a four-game losing skid. That includes Sundays 108-99 win against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Suns covered as 1-point road underdogs, leaving their record against the spread at a poor 31-37 overall. However, they are 18-16 against the spread away from home, including 4-0 in their last four road games. The combined 207 points in Sundays game barely dipped below the 208-point closing total, which enabled the der to win in the Suns last six outings. The der is also 35-33 in the clubs first 68 overall games.
Tonight, I am going to take the Phoenix Suns plus the 9-points.Â I don’t believe the Phoenix will win but I do believe they will keep it close and lose by less than the 9-points.Â Take Phoenix plus the points tonight.
Phoenix Suns +9 Los Angeles Lakers