The Los Angeles Lakers will play their last home game before heading to the All-Star break when they host the Phoenix Suns on Monday inside the Staples Center. They aim to score back-to-back wins after hanging tough against the Warriors Saturday in San Francisco. This game will be shown on NBA TV, FS Arizona, Spectrum SportsNet, and Sportsnet One while streaming is available on NBA League Pass and Sofascore. The Lakers are huge favorites in this match according to the latest NBA Odds with a torrid offensive showcase expected from both squads.
The Lakers could have performed better on Saturday but they still remain as the best team in the West, whereas the Suns are at a bubble with their playoff chances getting slimmer and slimmer as the NBA game days pass by. With the huge disparity in their respective tallies, the Lakers are obviously tagged as favorites by the oddsmakers, giving them a double-digit spread while being projected to scorch hot offensively.
The Suns hit a conundrum as they have lost six of their last seven games, making it 3-7 in their last 10 while putting their overall record reeling under .400 with a 21-32 record. They logged in high mileage on Friday to pull off a 127-91 drubbing of the Houston Rockets but failed to sustain their charge as they conceded to the Denver Nuggets the night after, 117-108. Perhaps steam played a factor in the loss on the second night of a back-to-back as each of Phoenix’s starters was fielded in for at least 32 minutes against Houston. Deandre Ayton and Devin Booker did not mind getting winded at all as the duo came out to perform against Denver, scoring 28 and 21, respectively, with the former notching a double-double as he grabbed 19 boards.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers want to enter the All-Star break on a winning note. But if their last game was any indication, then they should sense that more work has to be done to sweep their next two games that will end in Denver before hitting the break. The Lakers were pushed to their limits against Golden State as they still needed a clutch triple from LeBron James before shaking off the Warriors who are virtually competing for nothing this season. James flirted with a triple-double of 22 points, 11 assists, and eight boards while Anthony Davis was efficient with 27 points on 9-of-14 shooting, along with 10 rebounds for another double-double.
Odds and Trends
The Suns are huge underdogs with a +575 price to win. The Lakers are technically suspending the money line market with such a short price at -850.
The Suns are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Monday games and 3-7 in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
The Lakers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games as a favorite and 0-6 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
Under is 6-1 in Suns’ last 7 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game and 4-0 in Lakers’ last 4 vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
Over is 7-3 in Suns’ last 10 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 4-0 in Lakers’ last 4 games following an ATS loss.