Betting on Lakers vs Suns: Back Phoenix in The Valley

Lakers Travel to Phoenix for First Matchup With Suns

The Phoenix Suns welcome LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers to town on Tuesday night. Phoenix comes into the contest off a straight up and against the spread win over the New York Knicks on Sunday. The Suns are just 2-3 in their last five games, however, those three losses all came on the road. Devin Booker and company have been near perfect at home with an 8-1 record at the Footprint Center.

The Lakers travel to Phoenix sporting a three-game win streak, which is their longest streak of the basketball season. Those wins came against the San Antonio Spurs, Detroit Pistons and Brooklyn Nets, all without one of the NBA scoring leaders in LeBron James. To bet on Lakers vs. Suns is to either lay seven points with Phoenix or take the points with Los Angeles. The total for this game opened at 229.5 and has since moved to 227.5. The Moneyline suggests this will be an easy win for Phoenix with the Suns at -275 on the Moneyline, while the Lakers are priced at +230.

Game Information

Los Angeles (5-10) at Phoenix Suns (10-6)

Date, time (TV):
Location: Footprint Center

AD Steps Up With James Out

The Lakers enter Tuesday’s game in Phoenix with a number of NBA players on their injury report, including James who has missed the team’s last four games after suffering a left adductor strain last week against the Clippers. James is listed as questionable for the first time since the injury alongside Anthony Davis. James and Davis are on the injury report nearly every night, so it’s safe to assume that at the very least Davis will be playing on Tuesday.

The Brow has had a huge impact on the Lakers since James has been out. He’s put up 37, 38 and 30 points respectively in the team’s last three games. Russell Westbrook has also been playing well since coming off the bench, putting up a double-double on Sunday against the Spurs. However, Westbrook left the game with a wrap on his right thumb, so be sure to check his status before placing a bet on the Lakers vs. Suns.

Suns Hot on Defensive End

While the Lakers have had success recently, that is all going to come to a close on Tuesday. The Suns are ranked second in the Western Conference behind the Utah Jazz and are first in their division where they have a 4.5-game lead on the Lakers. Phoenix just put up 116 points in their most recent win over the Knicks, but what stands out more is their effort on the defensive end.

They held the Knicks to just 95 points, which is tied for the second-lowest amount they’ve surrendered this season. Deandre Ayton will be a tough NBA matchup for Davis inside and should be able to grab a number of rebounds to limit the Lakers second-chance point opportunities.

The Lakers also rank second in the league in points in the paint over the last four games, but again, those opportunities should be mitigated by Ayton’s presence. Meanwhile, the Suns are first in the league in second-chance points over their last four games, which, when placing a bet on Lakers vs Suns has us leaning towards backing Phoenix to cover the spread.

Lakers hefty injury report. If James and Westbrook both sit this game, the scoring load is once again going to be on the shoulders of Davis

We also like a play on the total and would suggest taking the under 227.5. This number has likely dropped from its open at 229.5 because of the Lakers hefty injury report. If James and Westbrook both sit this game, the scoring load is once again going to be on the shoulders of Davis. That’s going to be a tall task against a Suns team that ranks fifth in defensive rating when playing at home.

To recap, our favorite plays for this game is to take the Suns NBA point spreads of -7 and the under 227.5 on Tuesday night.

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