Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/10/13
Phoenix Suns (11-9) at Los Angeles Lakers (10-10)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -3 -- Over/Under: 206 See the Latest Odds
Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers play host to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night from STAPLES Center.
Head to head, the Suns are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings while the home team is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The Lakers are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 game following a S.U. Loss, 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 home games and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Suns on the other hand are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games, 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 vs. Western Conference and 14-5-1 ATS in their last 20 games overall.
With the Philadelphia 76ers now dropping off, the Phoenix Suns continue to be the NBA's biggest surprise through the first month and half of play. Portland has been awesome, but no one expect this Suns team to win a game, let alone 11 in their first 20 starts. Not only that, but Phoenix has been just about the best against the spread team there is, having covered the spread in 14 of 20. What's even more impressive, the Suns are a ridiculous 9-2 ATS on the road this season, covering in places like Houston, Portland, San Antonio and Oklahoma City.
The Los Angeles Lakers come into tonight's game off a 106-94 loss to the visiting Toronto Raptors on Sunday night, but they have been playing their best basketball of the season recently and most important of all, Kobe Bryant made a successful return to the hardwood after an eight month layoff. Bryant was clearly rusty and the Lakers had no answer for Toronto's Amir Johnson, but LA has still won six of their last nine overall and they have covered the sread in seven of those.
I thought Kobe's return on Sunday was going to be a distraction for his team and while I doubt that it the case tonight, I still think it's going to take the Lakers some time to get adjusted to him back in the lineup. On the other hand, the Suns have won four of six on the road and their most recent win was a 97-88 victory in Houston. I probably wouldn't bet on this game because it could really go either way, but I don't see how you can go against a Phoenix squad that has covered in nine of their 11 road games thus far....
Dan’s Pick: Phoenix +3
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