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Looking for Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns free NBA picks & NBA odds? NBA betting sees the Lakers taking on the Suns on Thursday, March 09, 2017 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
(19-45) Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns (21-43)
Date: Thursday, March 09
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Talking Stick Resort Arena – Phoenix, Arizona.
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Phoenix -6.5
NBA Betting Total: 230
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It’s Tank City!
Thursday night NBA sees the two worst teams in the Western Conference facing off in a battle between two squads looking to secure not playoff seeding, but the (potentially) even more important lottery positioning.
The Phoenix Suns are hosting the Los Angeles Lakers. L.A. is looking to keep its status as the worst team in the West to help its case in keeping its Top 3 pick (if the Lakers fall outside of the top three in the lottery, they give up their 2017 draft pick to the Philadelphia 76ers).
This matchup has plenty of storylines attached to it. And while the national attention usually only cares about winners, tire fires and draft picks garner plenty of attention as well.
*All statistics, standings, rankings, records and trends are current as of this writing at 7:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers have been through plenty of drama this season. After a surprisingly hot start (by their own standards, not league-wide standards), they looked like the might actually contend for a spot in the playoffs.
Then reality set in and this group realized tanking was the best option for the future, as there was no shot at making the postseason.
L.A. currently sits in dead last in the Western Conference. It has the second-worst record in the Association behind only the lowly Brooklyn Nets.
Against Phoenix, controlling the pace is going to be the key to success. It’s also going to be a major problem.
L.A. is a young team, which means it likes to run already. And because it’s young, the roster is susceptible to playing into other teams’ manipulative hands.
Phoenix loves to run. It thrives on it actually.
The Lakers would be smart to slow it down and establish go-to options.
The problem is that young teams get excited, and they get really excited against teams like Phoenix.
The Suns, as already teased, are going to look to control the pace.
And odds are, they’re going to succeed.
It doesn’t seem likely at this point in the season that the Lakers are able to slow down the Suns. Phoenix thrives off of easy transition buckets.
That fact is going to be made even more apparent by a young Lakers squad that will (by trying to force the pace) turn the ball over quite a bit.
Expect Phoenix’s guard play to control most of this one. The Suns will certainly give up a lot of points in this contest — don’t let that be an oversight in your own personal analysis — but they’re also going to score plenty.
The projected total of 230 points seems low in this one.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Lakers are 3-14-1 ATS in their last 18 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- Suns are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- Suns are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Suns are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Prediction:
The Suns are coming off a 131-127 loss to the Washington Wizards, but considering the current state of the Wiz, that’s not too bad.
It’s made even more “not too bad” when you realize this team actually won three in a row leading up to that contest.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Phoenix ATS
Giving the Suns the benefit of the doubt in this one isn’t difficult.
Give Phoenix a comfortable in against a Lakers squad that is more worried about solidifying draft position (and keeping its pick).
NBA Free Score Prediction: Phoenix Suns 125 – Los Angeles Lakers 115
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