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(0-0) Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns (0-1)
Date: Friday October 20
Time: 10:00PM EST
Venue: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Suns -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 222
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This will be the second game for the Los Angeles Lakers as they open up their season against the Los Angeles Clippers. For the Phoenix Suns, they will be looking to bounce back after their horrible start to the season with losing to the Trailblazers by 48 points.
An important start is needed for the Lakers as with a young team getting the moral high could let to a hopeful playoff spot.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers are ready to showcase their new talents with include rookie UCLA sensation Lonzo Ball. The new Laker will hope to change the culture in LA as the talks of playoffs have already begun to surface around the league for this young team.
The Lakers missed the postseason for the fourth straight year: the team had missed the postseason just five times in franchise history from 1948-49 through 2012-13. Los Angeles’s big offseason move saw them acquire Brook Lopez from the Nets and of course Lonzo in the draft.
However with incoming new players joining Los Angeles, the Lakers also saw some key players leave. The Lakers saw Nick Young sign with the Warriors and Tarik Black sign with Houston while Timofey Mozgov along with D’Angelo Russell were shipped to Brooklyn in the Lopez deal.
Last year, Los Angeles was successful in scoring in each game as they were ranked 17th in the league for scoring with putting up 104.6 points per game. With the new additions expect that number to rise. One of the reasons why they drafted Lonzo was his vision on the court.
Last year Los Angeles, only ranked 26th in assists with 21 per game, as adding Lonzo will create a new vision on the court for the Lakers.
The Lakers might be creating a solid offense, but the defense was one of the worst in the league as they allowed over 111 points per game last year. Los Angeles must find a new defensive scheme to stop high powered teams in the West.
The Phoenix Suns have missed the playoffs for the seventh year in a row. They will have a lot of work to do to climb up that ladder and become a respectable team in the NBA. The Suns had that goal in mind before their first game against Portland, and that fell apart.
The Trailblazers would completely embarrass the Suns as they would beat them in their home stadium by the score of 124-76. Portland held Phoenix to 31.5 percent shooting; Portland out-rebounded Phoenix 57-33.
Phoenix had the league’s second-worst record last season at 24-58 and looked at least that bad throughout the opener. The Suns have not made the playoffs in seven seasons, the longest drought in franchise history. They are trying to rebuild with youth. That takes time and some painful moments, such as the one Wednesday night.
Eric Bledsoe scored 15 points on 5 of 18 shooting. Booker added 12 on 6-of-17 shooting. Bledsoe was 1-for-6 on 3s, and Booker was 0-for-3. Portland’s bench outscored Phoenix’s 61-26.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Lakers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- Lakers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference.
- Suns are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Pacific.
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Prediction:
If the start of the season was a glimpse of what the Suns will be playing like this season, it is going to be a long season for Phoenix.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Los Angeles Lakers
Even if Los Angeles gets pushed around by the Clippers Wednesday night. They will still be able to compete against a young Suns team that looked worse than they have ever before.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Los Angeles 111 – Phoenix 90
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