Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/15/14
Los Angeles Lakers (14-24) at Phoenix Suns (21-16)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:00 pm (US Airways Center)
The Line: Phoenix Suns -10.5 -- Over/Under: 212 See the Latest Odds
The Lakers head to Phoenix on Wednesday to face off against the Suns.
The Phoenix Suns are currently at 21-16 this season, and the Suns are playing some outstanding ball at home this year, going 12-5 on their home floor. The Suns are currently in third place in the Pacific division, trailing the Clippers by four games, and the Golden State Warriors by just one. The Suns offense is leading the way for this team as Phoenix has a top ten scoring unit this season, putting up an average of 103 per game. Leading the attack for the Suns this season is Dragic, who is scoring 19.3 per game on average.
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The Los Angeles Lakers head to Phoenix on Wednesday bring with them a record of 14-24 this season. The Lakers are really struggling on the road this season, going just 6-13 away from the Staples Center. The Lakers are really missing Kobe right now as Nick Young is currently the leading scorer for the team, putting up an average of just 16.6 points per game, for an offense that is ranked 16th in the league. The defense for the Lakers is just atrocious, as Los Angeles is allowing an average of 105.5 points per game this season, ranking their stop unit 29tbh in the league.
The Lakers are just 1-4 against the spread in their last five games against teams with a winning over record, and the Lakers are just 1-4 against the spread in their last five games combined. The Lakers are also just 1-5 against the spread in their last six road games, and the Lakers are 0-4 against the spread in their last four games against the Pacific division.
The Suns are 7-0 against the spread in their last seven games against a team with a winning record, and the Suns are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven, following an outright loss. The Suns are also 4-1 against the spread in their last five games played at home.
I get why the odds makers made this total so high...but it looks too much to me. I don't see the Suns having much trouble with the Lakers here, and with that being the case look for the pace to slow a bit later on as Phoenix looks to drain the clock.