Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 11/16/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Lakers (2-8) at Phoenix Suns (5-4)
NBA Basketball: Monday, November 16, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Talking Stick Resort Arena)
The Line: Phoenix Suns -11.5 -- Over/Under: 209 See the Latest Odds
TV: TWC SN, FSAZ
The Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns square off Monday night at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The Los Angeles Lakers look for back-to-back victories for the first time this season. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 99.4 points on 40.8 percent shooting and allowing 106.2 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Jordan Clarkson is averaging 15.1 points and two assists while Louis Williams is averaging 13.6 points and three assists. Julius Randle is grabbing 8.4 rebounds and D'Angelo Russell is dishing 2.9 assists. The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off a Sunday win over the Pistons in which they allowed 36.5 percent shooting. The Lakers have allowed less than 100 points in four of their last six games and really played a solid complete game Sunday. The Lakers haven’t won back-to-back games since February. Kobe Bryant is out with a back injury.
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The Phoenix Suns look for another win after winning five of their last eight games. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 104.2 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 100.1 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Eric Bledsoe is averaging 23.2 points and 6.2 assists while Brandon Knight is averaging 19.1 points and 3.9 assists. Tyson Chandler is grabbing 10.2 rebounds and Jon Leuer is dishing 1.2 assists. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 37.9 percent from downtown and are getting 37.3 points from their bench. The Suns offense has really picked up lately, making this team tough to beat. The Suns have won nine of their last 16 home games. Markieff Morris and Ronnie Price are questionable.
The Lakers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 7-23-1 ATS in their last 31 vs. Western Conference. The Suns are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference. The Lakers are 1-7-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Phoenix.
Are the Suns really good enough to cover this large number against a Lakers team that can put up some points? The Lakers are also playing better defense recently and should look more like a team with Kobe sitting on the end of a back-to-back. I'll side with the truckload of points.