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Apr 05, 2022

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns Predictions, Picks, Odds

Nationally televised NBA action will conclude on Tuesday night with a meaningful Western Conference clash between the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns. Coverage begins from Footprint Center at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBA TV.

Score Prediction

Suns 124, Lakers 116

Best Bets

Over 231.5 (-110) at BetMGM

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns Predictions

After finishing second in the West with a record of 51-21 SU last year, Phoenix immediately kept that same ball rolling with another triumphant start to this season, as the Suns opened with a red-hot 27-8 SU and 18-17 ATS run – with 18 of those victories coming by 10+ PTS. 

Despite Chris Paul’s recent 15-game absence, Phoenix carried that same momentum all the way through March too, considering the Suns enter Tuesday riding an impressive 35-8 SU and 24-19 ATS run– while generating 117.5 OPPG and allowing just 109 DPPG across that window.

On the other hand, the Lakers stumbled out to a surprisingly mediocre start to the season, as Los Angeles kicked things off with a lackluster 10-11 SU and 7-14 ATS stretch – which was initially chalked up to growing pains associated with the offseason acquisition of Russell Westbrook.

However, the Lakers have maintained a similarly deficient pace since that point, considering Los Angeles enters Tuesday riding a head-scratching 21-36 SU and 25-32 ATS skid – while scoring just 111.7 OPPG and surrendering 114.9 DPPG during that timeframe.

I’ll take the over here, as the Lakers are 3-12 SU and 5-10 ATS in their last 15 games, while tallying 115.7 OPPG and surrendering 123.2 DPPG during that span – setting the stage for a track meet against a Suns squad that’s averaging 122.9 OPPG across their latest 9-2 SU stretch.

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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns Betting Resources

  • Matchup: Pacific
  • Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2022
  • Venue: Footprint Center
  • Location: Phoenix, AZ
  • TV-Time: NBA TV - 10:30 p.m. ET
  • Injury Report

Los Angeles Lakers Betting Analysis

  • SU: 31-47
  • ATS: 32-45-1
  • O/U: 44-33-1

Regardless of the situation, finishing below .500 is an undeniable shortcoming for this Lakers squad, but to be fair, they’ve stumbled across several injury hurdles, so it’s tough to write them off completely, considering LeBron James has missed 21 games over the course of the season – while Anthony Davis has missed 38 contests, who just recently returned to action this past Friday (L, 114-111).

The Lakers can still flip the script and salvage their campaign with an adequate postseason effort; however, they have to get there first, which doesn’t appear likely at the moment, considering L. A. currently trails San Antonio by two games for the final spot in the Play-In Tournament – while ranking 22nd in the league in offensive efficiency (1.069 OE) and 23rd in defensive efficiency on the year (1.099 DE).

Phoenix Suns Betting Analysis

  • SU: 62-16
  • ATS: 42-36
  • O/U: 40-37-1

After battling Utah for the top spot in the conference all the way through the final day of last year’s regular season (51-21 SU), Phoenix was surprisingly rusty to start the year, as the Suns dropped three-of-four games out of the gate – while tallying just 106.3 OPPG across that window.

Devin Booker and company clearly just needed a few weeks to settle into a rhythm though, considering the Suns boast records of 61-13 SU and 41-33 ATS since their opening skid, while ranking fourth in the league in scoring and third in offensive efficiency (114.9 OPPG, 1.117 OE) – and on the flipside, ranking ninth in points allowed and third in defensive efficiency (107.1 DPPG, 1.041 DE).

The Suns are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games. (AP)

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns Head-to-Head

Phoenix won two-of-three regular-season matchups against the Lakers last year, with both Suns’ victories staying under the total at an average of 211.5 PPG – while the Lakers’ lone win cruised over with a score of 123-110 (O 217). These teams also met up in the opening round of last year’s playoffs, which resulted in a relatively comfortable six-game series victory for Phoenix. However, the Suns are a perfect 3-0 SU against L. A. this year, with their first two matchups staying under the total at an average of 209 PPG – while their third meeting soared over with a score of 140-111 (O 233).

Key Players to Watch

  • LAL: Anthony Davis - PF (23.2 PPG, 9.8 REB, 2.3 BLK)
  • LAL: LeBron James - SF (30.3 PPG, 8.2 REB, 6.2 AST)
  • PHX: Devin Booker - SG (26.6 PPG, 5 REB, 4.9 AST)
  • PHX: Chris Paul - PG (14.9 PPG, 4.3 REB, 10.7 AST)

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns Betting Conclusion

After extending their win streak to six games with a home loss to Denver on Sunday afternoon (L, 129-118), the Lakers hit the road for Tuesday’s contest as steep underdogs against the Suns at Footprint Center – marking the 11th time L. A. has been an underdog across their last 13 games.

I’ll take the over here, as the Suns are 9-2 SU and 7-4 ATS in their last 11 games, while tallying 122.9 OPPG and surrendering 114.2 DPPG during that span – setting the stage for a relatively high-scoring battle against a Lakers squad that’s averaging 115.7 OPPG across their latest 3-12 SU skid.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns Betting Trends

  • The Lakers are 2-15 SU in their last 17 road games.
  • The total has gone OVER in eight of the last 12 Suns' games.
  • The total has gone OVER in seven of the last nine Lakers' games.
  • The Suns are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games.
  • The Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the last seven matchups between the Lakers and Suns.
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