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NBA Game Preview - Suns underdogs vs Lakers at Phoenix

Los Angeles LakersPhoenix Suns
Jan 30, 10:30 PM | US Airways Center

Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns Odds

20-25TEAM RECORD15-30

The Lakers will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Suns in Phoenix at US Airways Center on Wednesday in NBA action.

Supporters of the Lakers have seen them go 20-25 and 18-27 ATS so far this season, while the Suns are at 15-30 and 18-25-2 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Suns are 19-25-1, while the Lakers are 23-21-1.

View LA Lakers vs Phoenix Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Suns in this one found them as 4-point underdogs earlier at Bovada, while the total had been sitting in the area of 200 at Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 28-rated Suns and the No. 9-ranked Lakers, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 101-96 result in favor of the Lakers.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Phoenix's No. 18-ranked offense, averaging 95.6 PPG, against a Lakers defense that ranks No. 26 at 101.1 PPG. The Suns field goal percentage has averaged 44.5% so far, less than the Lakers shooters have achieved on the year, 45.8% per game.

Defensively, the Lakers feature the league's No. 30-rated defense on the road, giving up 106.4 points per game. Phoenix, meanwhile, comes in at No. 24 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 111-106 winner as they battled the Hornets at home. The Lakers failed to cover in the match as an 8-point favorite, while 217 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Los Angeles got 24 points from Dwight Howard en route to a 111-106 victory over New Orleans on Tuesday at STAPLES Center.

Last time out for Phoenix, they were a 110-95 loser as they battled the Mavericks on the road. The Suns failed to cover in the match as an 8-point underdog, while 205 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Suns got 18 points from Goran Dragic, but it was Dallas that prevailed in a 110-95 final on Sunday at American Airlines Center.

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Minnesota are 6-4
After playing New Orleans are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

Phoenix Suns Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Dallas are 5-5
After playing Dallas are 7-3
After a loss are 3-7

A few Lakers at Suns trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 6 games when playing Phoenix
The total has gone OVER in 7 of the LA Lakers last 9 games on the road
LA Lakers are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games when playing Phoenix
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 7 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Phoenix's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Phoenix's last 6 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Phoenix's last 7 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Phoenix's last 13 games

Next up:
LA Lakers at Minnesota, Friday, February 1
Phoenix home to Dallas, Friday, February 1