The Los Angeles Lakers (29-37) face the Phoenix Suns (53-14) on the road Sunday night. Tip-off is 9 p.m. ET at Footprint Center. Below, we look at the Lakers vs. Suns odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
The Lakers are coming off a 122-109 Friday win over the Washington Wizards but only have three wins in their last 12 games. They are in ninth place in the Western Conference, which would put them in the play-in games to determine the final two seeds of the playoffs. They are 10 games behind the sixth-place Nuggets and have a 3-game lead in the play-in game race.
The Suns have already wrapped up a playoff berth and now seek to lock up the No. 1 seed in the West. They hold a 7.5-game lead over both the Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors. They lost their last game, a 117-112 defeat to the Toronto Raptors at home. They have beaten the Lakers twice this season already.
Lakers at Suns odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Lakers +300 (bet $100 to win $300) | Suns -400 (bet $400 to win $100)
Against the spread (ATS): Lakers +7.5 (-102) | Suns -7.5 (-122)
Over/Under (O/U): 230.5 (O: -108 | U: -112)
Lakers at Suns key injuries
F Anthony Davis (foot) out
G Talen Horton-Tucker (ankle) questionable
F LeBron James (knee) questionable
G Malik Monk (shoulder) probable
F Cameron Johnson (quad) out
F Frank Kaminsky (knee) out
G Chris Paul (thumb) out
F Dario Saric (knee) out
Lakers at Suns odds, lines, picks and predictions
Suns 114, Lakers 110
PASS on the money line in this game.
The Suns’ 28 home wins are the most in the NBA and the Lakers have only nine wins on the road. Only three teams have fewer.
The Suns have won both other meetings between the two teams and the Lakers are 3-9 in their last 12 games overall.
It doesn’t make sense to bet the Lakers and it’s too pricy to bet the Suns unless you include their money line in a parlay.
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Against the spread
The Suns beat the Lakers by 10 and by 18 points in their two previous matchups against them this season.
However, they have only covered the spread in three of their last 10 games overall. They are only 16-20 ATS at home this season.
The Lakers are 13-17 ATS on the road this season. They are 4-5-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
The Lakers will likely keep this interesting.
Take the LAKERS +7.5 (-102).
The Lakers have averaged 119.4 points per game in their last five.
However, the Suns have allowed 107 points per game in their last six. They have held three opponents in the last six games to under 100 points.
Phoenix has averaged 113.6 points per game since the All-Star Break.
This won’t be as high-scoring as the projected total.
Take UNDER 230.5 (-112).
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