Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns - 11/4/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Phoenix Suns (2-1) at Los Angeles Lakers (0-4)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +7 -- Over/Under: 214.5 See the Latest Odds
The Phoenix Suns invade the STAPLES Center to take on the Los Angeles Lakers tonight.
The Phoenix Suns were unable to build on their two-game win streak on Saturday when they got absolutely destroyed by 118-91. Despite having six players finish in double digits, the Suns simply ran out of the gas against the Jazz in the second half and got outscored by 59-36, which suggests that their dramatic comeback win over the Spurs the previous night must have taken too much out of them. Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas all finished with 10 points as one of the most exciting offenses shot just 41.4 percent from the floor as a team.
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Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers have been far from exciting, losing 127-104 on Saturday to fall to 0-4 on the season despite 28 points from Kobe Bryant. Jordan Hill added 23 points and Wesley Johnson added 15, but the Lakers just couldn't defend the Warriors' backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson who torched them for a combined 72 points. In fact, the Lakers have yet to hold a team under 118 points which spells nothing but trouble for a team so bereft of scoring talent outside of Kobe.
In ATS trends, the Suns are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a loss of more than 10 points and 16-7 ATS in their last 23 road games, while the Lakers are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven home games.
Head to head, the home team is 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings but the Suns are 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings overall.
The Suns have already beaten the Lakers this season and it was all one-way traffic in that game. I haven't seen enough improvement from the Lakers to expect a different result here so I'm taking the Suns to win this one by double digits.