Free NBA Pick: Suns vs. Lakers NBA Odds
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2021 NBA Handicapping
(22-11) Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers (24-11)
Date: Tuesday, March 2
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA.
NBA Moneyline Odds: Suns +100 | Lakers -120
NBA Betting Odds: Los Angeles -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 215.5
Phoenix has a chance to get into the All-Star Break as the number two team in the Western Conference.
Expectations increased significantly with the addition of Chris Paul in the offseason but they had been low for so long that the Suns’ success is remarkable when one steps and gazes at it.
All season it has been the defense first. Phoenix is best in the league in terms of the raw number of three-pointers allowed and second in terms of a percentage.
That’s a team statistic but the wings deserve credit there. Mikal Bridges has improved his offensive game but some forget that he came into the league as a plus defender with elite potential. He’s realizing that potential now.
Cam Johnson has been good out there too. And it certainly helps that DeAndre Ayton can get out on smaller opponents to play the dribble tight and contest three-pointers.
This will be the first matchup between these two teams. They are scheduled to play two more in the second half of the season.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers may struggle to score the ball here. They are the best defensive team in the NBA, on a per-possession basis, but just 18th offensively.
Of course, those numbers represent most of the season with Anthony Davis, who remains out with an achilles injury.
Since he went out, Los Angeles is 3–4. It has won its last two, however, over first Portland and then Golden State.
The defense bottled up Stephen Curry in the last win. Curry scored just 16 and LeBron James led the game with just 19.
The difference was that the Lakers had five other guys in double-digits, while the Warriors had just one. Two Lakers starters finished with exactly nine points, too.
James will continue to tap into his teammates with Davis out. Alex Caruso, Kyle Kuzma and Talen Horton-Tucker are hungry to play a bigger role in the offense. All three scored double-digits off the bench against the Warriors.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Suns are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games as a road underdog.
- Suns are 20-6 ATS in their last 26 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Lakers are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Over is 4-0 in Suns last 4 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
- Under is 5-0 in Lakers last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Head to Head: Suns are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles.
- Head to Head: Under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
Free Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction: over.
The first notion is to think this game goes under. Both teams routinely hold the opponent under 100 and the Lakers missing Davis does damage to their chances of scoring the ball consistently against an elite defense.
But the oddsmakers are a step ahead here. They have posted a low total, anticipating some of that action coming in on the under.
The Suns still like to run and these Lakers may oblige. If the pace is fast enough, this can sneak over a relatively low total. It may even turn into a mini shoot-out.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Over 215.5
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