Lakers Suns Highlight NBA Betting
The Lakers are slight NBA odds favorites over the Suns in this game, but they have lost two straight in Phoenix and the home team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 games between the two teams.
L.A. Lakers (47-18) at Phoenix Suns (40-25)
Bovada has the Suns as 1-point favorites in this game with a total of 214.
Tonight the streaking Phoenix Suns host the defending champion L.A. Lakers. The Lakers once comfortable lead in the Western Conference is a thing of the past with their recent three-game losing streak, as they only lead the red-hot Dallas Mavericks by 2.5 games in the West.
The Suns currently are tied for fifth position in the West seven games back of the Lakers and they are coming off a win and are 8-2 in their last 10 games. The Lakers are coming off a win, but are only 5-5 in their last 10 games.
This season the Suns are 24-8 at home and 36-28-1 ATS and the Lakers are 17-13 on the road and 27-36-2 ATS.
The Lakers won their last game beating the Toronto Raptors 109-107 on Tuesday night while the Suns have had a long break not playing since beating the Indiana Pacers 113-105 last Thursday night.
Tonight the Lakers open a three-game road trip and tonight they look to avoid their first five-game road losing streak since the 2007 season.
The Lakers have dropped two straight games in Phoenix and in each game they gave up 118 points.
Kobe Bryant (27.8 ppg) has been playing solid lately averaging 32.8 ppg in his last four games, but he will need some help on offense tonight.
The Lakers are a solid defensive team ranking 10th in the league in opponents’ points allowed (96.6 ppg) and they will have to play solid D tonight against a Suns squad that leads the league in scoring (109.5 ppg) and leads the league in 3-point FG% (40.5%).
The Suns are a little banged up at the PG position, as both Steve Nash and Goran Dragic are nursing injuries, but each should be available for tonight’s game.
Suns’ C Robin Lopez (8.2 ppg 4.8 rpg) has given Phoenix a lift since becoming a starter and he will have to play good defense against Andrew Bynum, who has been a thorn in the side for the Suns averaging 17.4 ppg and 10.4 rpg in his last seven games against them.
Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom have to try to slow down Suns’ PF Amare Stoudemire (22.1 ppg), who has scored at least 30 points in his last three games.
The Over may be a solid pick, as in five of the last seven games between these two teams in Phoenix the total has gone Over.
Saturday Big Games
Denver Nuggets at Memphis Grizzlies
The Nuggets have won four straight and they only trail the first place Lakers in the West by 3.5 games. The Grizzlies have won two in a row and need to keep winning to make the post-season, as they trail the eighth place Portland Trailblazers by four games in the Western Conference.
New York Knicks at Dallas Mavericks
Can anybody beat the Mavs? They have won 13 in a row and are right on the heels of the Lakers trailing them by only 2.5 games in the Western Conference. Making it 14 straight should not be too tough against a Knicks’ team that is 13 games under .500 on the road this season.
Sunday NBA Point Spreads
Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers
The Celtics could really use a win in this game to get some confidence, as they have not been playing great as of late. The Cavs have the best record in the NBA and is 7-3 in their last 10 games, but LeBron James and Antawn Jamison are both banged up.
Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder
This is a match up of two streaking teams, as the Thunder have won three straight and the Jazz have won four in a row. The Thunder would love to overtake the Jazz for the fourth position in the West so they can host a first round playoff series, but they trail Utah by 2.5 games.