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NBA Betting: Suns at Lakers

Kobe Bryant and his Los Angeles Lakers will be at home on Tuesday night for an NBA betting matchup against Steve Nash and the Suns.

The Lakers are 7-3 straight up in the past 10 meetings between the Western clubs, but just 4-6 against the spread in that span. The OVER/UNDER sits at 7-3 in the last 10 games between the teams.

View Phoenix vs LA Lakers Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Lakers in this one, they're listed as 8.5-point favorites on the betting line for the contest. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 187.5 for Monday.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Lakers, currently No. 6 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Suns, who rate No. 7 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 97-96 victory for the Lakers.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Los Angeles's No. 1-rated squad against Phoenix's No. 11-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Los Angeles rates No. 26 in the league with 4 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 12 with 6.5 per outing.

Defensively, the Suns feature the league's No. 13-rated defense on the road, allowing 94.3 points per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 20 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Phoenix, they were a 109-93 winner as they battled the Bucks at home. The Suns covered in the match as a 7.5-point favorite, while 202 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Marcin Gortat scored 18 points leading the Suns to a 109-93 victory over Milwaukee at US Airways Center on Sunday.

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 90-82 winner at home against the Grizzlies. They covered the 7.5–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (172) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Kobe Bryant scored 26 points for Los Angeles on Sunday, leading the Lakers to a 90-82 victory over Memphis at STAPLES Center.

Phoenix Suns Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 3-7
Before playing Cleveland are 4-6
After playing Milwaukee are 4-6
After a win are 3-7

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Utah are 7-3
After playing Memphis are 8-2
After a win are 5-5

A few Suns at Lakers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Phoenix's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Phoenix's last 10 games when playing LA Lakers
Phoenix is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home
LA Lakers are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games when playing at home against Phoenix
LA Lakers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing Phoenix
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing at home against Phoenix

Next up:
Phoenix home to Cleveland, Thursday, January 12
LA Lakers at Utah, Wednesday, January 11