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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns - 3/30/14

Phoenix Suns (44-29) at Los Angeles Lakers (24-48)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 9:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: TWC SN

The Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers will share the hardwood for the fourth and final time this season on Sunday. The Suns lead the series 3-0.

The Suns head into this game on a six-game winning streak and have won eight of their last nine games. On the season, the Suns average 105.5 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allow 102.5 points on 45.4 percent shooting. However, during this winning streak, the Suns have stepped up their defensive play, holding opponents to 97.6 points on 43 percent shooting. Point guard Eric Bledsoe is averaging 20.6 points in his last five games, but he’s also dished out at least five assists in six of his last seven games. The Phoenix Suns are 48-24-1 ATS overall and 26-9 ATS on the road.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns - 3/30/14

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The Lakers have lost six of their last eight games and have won only four games in the month of March. On the season, the Los Angeles Lakers average 102.4 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allow 108.9 points on 46.6 percent shooting. In the Lakers Friday loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, they allowed 143 points on 67.1 percent shooting. That terrible defensive performance pretty much summed up the Lakers season in a nutshell. The Los Angeles Lakers simply can’t wait for the season to end, but they have been able to tread water against the number, racking up a 36-35-1 ATS record overall and a 17-17-1 ATS record at home. 

The Suns are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. The Lakers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Suns are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings vs. the Lakers.

Take the Los Angeles Lakers and the points, as neither team plays enough defense to win this matchup in a blowout. 

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