NBA Point Spread and Betting Diagnosis
Phoenix is only 11-40 overall this year, with four wins in 25 tries away from home. Overall, the Suns have retained lots of their games close with an 11-14 record against the spread as the visiting team. They are only 2-7 ATS this season 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. Overall, they’re 20-27 against the spread, including a 9-15 record against the spread at home. Oddly enough, they’re only 7-17 ATS when facing teams with a losing record. They’ve covered and won seven of their last ten meetings between the groups, though.
1 thing we know for sure is that Phoenix has had a very difficult time slowing down its competitors this year. The Suns are have enabled at least 120 points in backend 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 take Phoenix despite their bad defense. But despite Booker averaging 25.2 points per game and Oubre averaging 17.2 points per game over the past seven days, the Suns haven’t been able to snap out of their funk.
One of the most important concerns today is they are playing without Deandre Ayton, T.J. Warren and De’Anthony Melton. That is two of the best few point-getters while Melton had become the team’s leading 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 prepared to proceed after he missed Saturday’s practice and is considered a game-time choice for Sunday. Bear in mind, the team is without Lonzo Ball. James, Kuzma and Ball are three of the best four players on the team concerning minutes played.
That means the Lakers will need men 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 mostly been a disappointment this year. He’s got a PER of just 11.9. Zubac has given the team a shot in the arm as he’s averaged 17.8 points and 7.8 rebounds in his last four contests.
There’s no question that the Lakers are struggling and they’ll be shorthanded. However, losses in the home to the Phoenix Suns — who’s both shorthanded — are inexcusable. Start Looking for the Lakers to win however, the Suns to cover.
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