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NBA Betting: Lakers in the spotlight

The Los Angeles Lakers will look to improve on their weak ATS record this weekend as they hit the hardwood at home on Friday night against the Suns and on Sunday night against the Rockets.

Kobe Bryant and company are just 3-5 both SU and ATS so far this season, and that poor start cost Mike Brown his job as the team's head coach. Bernie Bickerstaff has been filling in on the bench on an interim basis as newly-hired Mike D'Antoni recovers from knee surgery.

And the Lakers will be looking to beat the Suns for the first time in three tries on Friday night, as they're 0-2 both SU and ATS in the past two meetings between the teams. Phoenix, of course, won't have point guard Steve Nash to help them this time around.

Overall Los Angeles is 7-3 SU and 4-6 ATS over its past 10 meetings with Phoenix, with the OVER/UNDER going 4-1 in their past five matchups. The Suns are 4-5 SU but just 2-7 ATS on the NBA betting lines at Bovada heading into action this weekend.

On Sunday the Lakers will then host the Rockets, with Houston sitting at 4-4 both SU and ATS through the first few weeks of the season. The Lakers have dropped two straight games SU and ATS to the Rockets as well, and they've covered the spread in just three of the last 10 meetings between the teams.

The OVER has paid out in seven straight games between the Lakers and Rockets on the NBA betting totals at Bovada dating back to early 2010.

Houston is also in action on Friday night on the road when they face the Trail Blazers, with other notable matchups on the schedule that day including Dallas at Indiana, Utah at Philadelphia, Oklahoma City at New Orleans, and New York at Memphis.

LeBron James and the Heat return to action on Saturday night when they're in Phoenix to take on the Suns. San Antonio also hosts Denver on Saturday, with Chicago on the road to battle the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center.

Along with Rockets/Lakers on Sunday the NBA betting board at Bovada also includes Indiana at New York, Orlando at Toronto, Cleveland at Philadelphia, Brooklyn at Sacramento, Golden State at Oklahoma City, Boston at Detroit, and Chicago at Portland.