The Los Angeles Lakers are as good as done this season. Their six-straight losses bring them out of the Play-In Tournament picture at No. 11 in the Western Conference standings. The team’s only hope of a playoff appearance is if they do well in their last four regular-season games and if the Spurs and the Pelicans drop their remaining games. Meanwhile, the Suns clinched the Western Conference title, the Pacific Division, and a ticket to the playoff position, which means they have plenty of leeway before the postseason takes off.
With the regular season coming to an end, Nitrobetting goes over the must-watch games for basketball and betting fans. Check out the Lakers vs. Suns preview below, featuring game details, crucial stats, the latest NBA betting odds, trends, and predictions.
Lakers vs. Suns Game Information
- When: Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 10:30 PM ET
- Where: Footprint Center, Phoenix, AZ
- TV: NBA TV
- Radio: 710 ESPNLA (Lakers) / 98.7 ARIZONA SPORTS (Suns)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Lakers (+11.5) / Suns (-11.5)
Why Bet on the Los Angeles Lakers?
The Lakers are two and eight in their last ten games. It’s been a challenging season for the side as they had to face one major injury after the other. Anthony Davis only has 39 games under his belt this season, while LeBron was in and out and left with most of the heavy lifting throughout the calendar. Meanwhile, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwight Howard underperformed and hardly made an impact without the duo of AD and James on the floor.
Los Angeles records 111.5 points (12th) in 78 games played. Offensively, the team displays consistent numbers. The team averages 46.8% shooting and is the eighth-best record in the league now. The Lakers also have solid two-point shooting numbers at 54.5% (sixth). The purple and gold deals plenty of damage near the rim, averaging 48.9 points in the paint (ninth) per game.
On defense, the Lakers have mediocre numbers compared to their upcoming opponents. The team averages 114.6 opponent points (26th) per game. The Lakers also have a sub-par shooting defense that can only keep teams to 46.8% shooting (22nd).
LeBron James still nurses an ankle injury that leaves his status questionable until game time. Anthony Davis returns after a lengthy absence from the lineup and starts with Russell Westbrook, Austin Reaves, and Stanley Johnson.
Why Bet on the Phoenix Suns?
The Suns now have the luxury of slowing down after an incredible 62-16 run. They now have four remaining games and a clear path to breaking the franchise 62-20 record in 2005. However, the Suns are at the end of a two-game losing streak and have to regain some pace before the playoffs begin.
Phoenix is arguably the best two-way team in the league right now. They deliver impressive numbers on both ends of the floor. Offensively, the team averages 115.2 points (third) per game on a league-best 48.8% shooting. The Suns also have two top-four shooting records in the league, featuring a 55.3% two-point percentage and a 36.8% three-point percentage.
There is no shortage of defense coming from this Suns squad. They limit opponents to 107.0 points (eighth) per game and keep teams to 44.3% shooting (third). The Suns have the best three-point defense in the league and keep competitors to 33.8% from deep. They also record the second-best opponent two-point percentage this season at 50.9%. Furthermore, the Suns have the superior defensive rebounding figure of the two at 35.6 defensive boards (third) per game.
Lakers vs. Suns Betting Trends
- The Lakers are 5-5 in the last ten road games against the Suns (5-5 ATS).
- The Lakers are 2-4 in the last six road games (3-3 ATS).
- The totals went over in four of the Lakers’ last five road games.
- The Suns are 7-3 in the last ten games at Footprint Center (4-6 ATS).
- The Suns are 7-3 in the last ten games against the Lakers (7-3 ATS).
- The totals went under in three of the Suns’ last five games against the Lakers.
Lakers vs. Suns Expert Betting Prediction
The Lakers’ recent dip in form moved them from the Play-In picture out of it. They will be eager to do well in their last four games, but the side faces some of the most competitive teams in the league this week. The Lakers have what it takes to cover the spread. A win remains possible if head coach Monty Williams decides to limit the minutes of his core players. However, the Suns do feature a deep bench squad that can deliver the goods if called upon. There’s relatively less pressure on their end with home advantage as well.
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