The NBA schedule hasn’t been kind to the Lakers during the final few weeks of the season. In the last week of the season, Los Angeles has five games to worry about, including back-to-back games against the Clippers and Suns, who are both fighting for playoff positioning as well. The Lakers are coming off a tough loss to the Clippers Wednesday night.
That loss topped a four-game losing streak and has the Lakers needing to grab wins to avoid a spot in the play-in tournament. When it comes to Suns vs Lakers betting, the Suns have settled comfortably into the fourth seed in the West. Phoenix has won seven straight games and can’t improve or hurt its spot in the standings no matter what happens in Los Angeles.
Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers Information
Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Location: Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles
Date and Time: Friday, April 7, 10:30 p.m. ET
How to Watch: ESPN 2
Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers Odds
Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers Recent Scores
The Lakers and Suns haven’t been one of the more compelling NBA matchups on the schedule this season. Phoenix leads the season series 2-1 in three games that were all decided by ten or more points. The Lakers won the last meeting, 122-111, on March 22 in Los Angeles.
Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers Betting Analysis
Phoenix Suns Facts to Know
How to approach Suns vs Lakers betting will largely ride on what coach Monty Williams wants to do. Phoenix’s coach was coy with the media Thursday night following the Suns’ win over the Denver Nuggets on who would play in a back-to-back. Kevin Durant hasn’t played much for Phoenix since being traded at the midseason deadline.
NBA player stats show that Durant has only played in seven games for the Suns and has averaged 25.6 points per game. Phoenix Suns odds show that the team is more than capable of winning without Durant in the lineup.
Being supported by Devin Booker, who scores 28 points per game, and Deandre Ayton, who averages 18.0 points and 10. 0 rebounds per game has helped push Phoenix forward.
Los Angeles Lakers Facts to Know
Determining how to make Los Angeles Lakers picks this season has seen wild swings for bettors. When LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and company are healthy, the Lakers have the capability of being competitive with the top teams in the conference. In situations where one or both of Los Angeles’ stars can’t play, things can be dicey.
NBA team stats show the Lakers average 117.0 points per game. Los Angeles also shoots 34.3 percent from the 3-point line. James leads the team in scoring at 29 points per game, while Davis averages 26.3. The Lakers are 39-40-1 against the spread this season.
Los Angeles is 5-3 against the spread over its past eight games. The Lakers have seen the number go over the total in six straight games. Suns vs Lakers betting shows Los Angeles has won seven of its past nine games straight up.
Anyone betting on this game needs to keep an eye on the injury report. Anthony Davis, LeBron James, and D’Angelo Russell are also listed as doubtful for the Lakers.
Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers Betting Preview
NBA odds show the Lakers are 8.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 226.5 points. Los Angeles is -315 on the moneyline, while Phoenix is +275.
Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers Betting Prediction
This is a game where people trying to get opinions on NBA expert picks on this game need to proceed with caution. Both teams will likely be trying to hide their lineup until later on in the day. Anyone betting the game needs to check the injury report frequently before placing a wager.
This game means more to the Lakers, and they should be able to grab a win. It’s hard to imagine Phoenix will want to go 100 percent and risk injury when it has no chance to improve its see. Barring late injury news, the Lakers should cover the spread and try to climb into the top six.
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