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Lakers vs. Suns - 1/3/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Phoenix Suns (12-24) at Los Angeles Lakers (7-27)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 9:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -1.5 -- Over/Under: 209 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSAZ, TWC SN

The Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers square off late Sunday night at the Staples Center.

The Phoenix Suns could use a nice road victory to snap their eight-game losing streak. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 103.7 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 105.4 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Brandon Knight is averaging 19.8 points and 5.2 assists while T.J. Warren is averaging 10.6 points and 3.3 rebounds. Jon Leuer is grabbing six rebounds and Mirza Teletovic is dishing one assist. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 75.1 percent from the free throw line. The Suns are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 15.9 turnovers per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost six straight road games.

Lakers vs. Suns - 1/3/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Lakers hope to string together three straight victories. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 96.6 points on 41.2 percent shooting and allowing 106.6 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Jordan Clarkson is averaging 14.9 points and 2.4 assists while Louis Williams is averaging 13.6 points and 2.5 rebounds. D'Angelo Russell is dishing 3.4 assists and Julius Randle is grabbing 9.5 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 31.9 percent from beyond the arc and 75.7 percent from the free throw line. The Lakers are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 12.8 turnovers per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost seven of their last 10 home games. Kobe Bryant is questionable with a shoulder injury.

The Suns are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Pacific and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Lakers are 5-15-2 ATS in their last 22 vs. NBA Pacific and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Suns are 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles and 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.

The Suns are banged up and continue to be flat out awful on the road. The Lakers young team is gaining confidence with back-to-back wins and against a struggling Suns team that played yesterday, I'll side with the rested LA squad at home. 

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Los Angeles Lakers -1.5

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