A battle between two Pacific Division teams takes place at the STAPLES Center on Tuesday night. The Suns drew first blood in their four regular-season games, winning the contest 115-105. The Suns visit the Lakers for a second time this season and the hosts look to even things out. The Suns are on another roll with three-straight victories, while the Lakers try to recover from back-to-back losses.
Nitrobetting shares a preview of the upcoming Suns vs. Lakers game. We cover the fundamentals such as game details, team and player stats, and the latest NBA betting odds. In addition, you can find betting trends and predictions that help you find the best picks.
Suns vs. Lakers Game Information
- When: Tuesday, December 21, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
- Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
- TV: TNT
- Radio: 98.7 ARIZONA SPORTS (Suns) / 710 ESPNLA (Lakers)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Suns (-6.5) / Lakers (+6.5)
Why Bet on the Phoenix Suns?
The Suns get their groove back after suffering their fifth loss of the season last week. They are now coming from a blowout victory against the Hornets. The team scored 111 points or more in their last three games and currently averages 111.9 points (third) per game.
We expect quality shooting coming from the visitors on Tuesday. The team records 47.8% shooting in 29 games played. They document a 54.3% effective field goal percentage, which is enough to put pressure on a Lakers squad that limits opponents to 51.2% a field goal percentage (eighth). Furthermore, the Suns hit 36.8% of their shots from the two-point range (sixth) and 36.8% of their shots from downtown (fourth).
The visitors are also expected to give the Lakers’ offense a difficult time. The Suns hold opponents to just 104.6 points (fourth) per game. This should test the Lakers’ 110.5 points (eighth) per game average.
All starters of the Suns are good to go, including their bench players. Health is a major factor that gives the team the upper hand in this contest.
Why Bet on the Los Angeles Lakers?
The Lakers are on the verge of another decline after a second consecutive loss. They fell six points short of a win against the Bulls to end their three-game road stint. This time around, they get to pick up where the squad left off at the STAPLES Center. The side won their last two games in front of their home crowd, which should give them a much-needed confidence booster.
The team can go toe-to-toe with the Suns when it comes to scoring. LeBron James and the rest of the team combined for 110.5 points (eighth) per contest in 31 games played. They also have solid two-point shooting numbers at 35.4% per game (tenth). With four starters out of the lineup with LeBron James potentially missing the game, the team looks at Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, and DeAndre Jordan taking over scoring and defensive duties.
Defensively, the Lakers have plenty of ground to cover if they want to keep up with the Suns. The side allows over 111 points per game and is one of the lowest averages in the league right now. Although the hosts grab more total rebounds than their upcoming challengers, it could be impactless with Davis out for several weeks.
Suns vs. Lakers Betting Trends
- The Suns are 3-2 in the last five regular-season games against the Lakers (3-2 ATS).
- The Suns are 8-2 in the last ten regular-season road games (5-5 ATS).
- The totals went under in three of the Suns’ last five regular-season road games against the Lakers.
- The Lakers are 6-4 in the last ten regular-season home games against the Suns (5-5 ATS).
- The Lakers are 3-2 in the last five regular-season games at the STAPLES Center (2-3 ATS).
- The totals went over in three of the Lakers’ last five regular-season home games.
Suns vs. Lakers Expert Betting Prediction
The Lakers have a tough test ahead of them. Holding onto home-court advantage might not be enough to stop a Suns team on full throttle. Although the side has good chances of covering the spread, a win requires the team to be at their best from the get-go. Meanwhile, the Suns have plenty of momentum behind them before facing a roaring Los Angeles crowd. They have performed well since the start of the season and are the strong favorites to win against an injury-plagued Lakers team.
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