Phoenix Suns (5-11) at Los Angeles Lakers (6-9)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 17, 2017 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -6.5 -- Over/Under: 225.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers meet Friday in NBA action at the Staples Center.
The Phoenix Suns could use a win here after losing seven of their last eight games. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 106.7 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 116.8 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 22.9 points and 4.3 assists while Greg Monroe is averaging 20 points and 11 rebounds. TJ Warren is the third double-digit scorer and Mike James is dishing 3.7 assists. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 39.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.3 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost four of their last six road games.
The Los Angeles Lakers could use a bounce back win here after losing five of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 103.7 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 106.5 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Jordan Clarkson is averaging 15.8 points and 2.9 assists while Kyle Kuzma is averaging 15.5 points and 6.8 rebounds. Brook Lopez is the third double-digit scorer and Brandon Ingram is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 28.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71.7 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 30.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.5 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have won four of their last six home games.
The Suns are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Pacific and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Lakers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Friday games, 10-4 ATS in their last 14 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings, the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
The Suns are falling off a cliff right now and are fresh off a game Thursday in which they allowed the Rockets to make every shot and make fracnhise records. While the season is still young, the Suns look like a squad that doesn't have the heart to play anymore. The Lakers are playing hard despite the losses, and they've had their best success at home. This is a game the Lakers should be able to open up against a Suns team that doesn't play defense and should have tired legs. I'll eat the reasonable number as a fade against the Suns.