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Will the Big Baller secure a cover for the Lakers?

Lonzo Ball. Perhaps the most polarizing name in the NBA. After making his regular-season debut for the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, the Lake Show no-showed against the Los Angeles Clippers to open the season. Fortunes may shine on Ball and the Lakers for Friday’s matchup as they travel to Phoenix, where they should have an excellent opportunity to cover the spread.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in 14 of the Suns’ last 20 games as favorite.
  • Devin Booker went 0-for-3 from three-point range in the Suns’ opener.
  • The total has gone over in 9 of the Lakers’ last 13 games on the road.

The spread for the Lakers hovers around +3 against the Suns and bettors may want to take a hard look at the Big Ballers to cover. The Lakers may be 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against the Suns but actually finished last season on a high note when they went 6-2 ATS in their last eight. If you’re feeling like a Big Baller yourself, place a wager on the Lakers moneyline, which is being offered at the +137 ballpark.

One trend for this game that really stands out is the OVER. The total is lingering around 219.5 and defense is not a strong suit for either of these teams. Both allowed over 108 points in their season debuts and the total has gone OVER in the last five games these two teams played against each other. Expect a shootout between these division foes.

The Suns and Lakers have a lot of promise and both showed flashes in preseason and Summer League. Better days are ahead but once the big boys come to play in the regular season, their youth makes it difficult to compete. If your best players aren’t even old enough to drink legally, how are they expected to drown their sorrows after ugly season-opening losses?

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

For sports bettors looking to pick the Phoenix Suns as their prediction for this matchup, they were listed earlier as 3-point favorites on the betting oddsboard at Bovada. Those betting on the total OVER/UNDER for points scored have seen that line set at 223 for Friday at shops such as MyBookie.

OddsShark prediction models pick the Suns to win this game 111-109. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Phoenix Suns currently sport a record of 0-1, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 0-1 ATS. The Los Angeles Lakers are 0-1 and 0-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Suns post a 0-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Lakers have gone 0-1 against the total number of points scored. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Phoenix vs Los Angeles injuries news.

The Suns-Lakers betting odds would favor the Lakers if the lines were set according to power rankings. Phoenix is rated No. 29 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Los Angeles Lakers sit at No. 28.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Lakers suffered a 108-92 loss against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, getting 20 points from Brook Lopez in a losing effort at Staples Center.

Phoenix was crushed on Wednesday, getting run out of the gym by Portland and falling 124-76 at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

Betting Trends
  • LA Lakers is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • LA Lakers is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • LA Lakers is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Lakers' last 5 games
  • Phoenix is 2-15 SU in its last 17 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Phoenix's last 8 games
  • Phoenix is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Phoenix is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games at home

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