Phoenix Suns at L.A. Lakers
|Date & Time||Sunday January 27, 2019, 9:30 PM (EST)|
Los Angeles, CA
The Line: Los Angeles -7.5
The Phoenix Suns pay a visit to the Los Angeles Lakers at the STAPLES Center on Sunday night.
The Phoenix Suns have been in a real slump as they’ve lost 14 of their last 16 games and they will be hoping to put a halt to their current seven-game skid after falling to the Nuggets in a 132-95 road loss on Friday. Devin Booker led the team with 35 points on nine of 19 shooting, Josh Jackson added 17 points while Dragan Bender chipped in with 14 points. As a team, the Suns shot just 42 percent from the field and seven of 30 from the 3-point line, but the Suns were playing the second game of a back to back set, so it’s no surprise that they got blown out after falling behind by 15 points going into halftime. With the loss, Phoenix fell to 11-40 overall and 4-21 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers have been in a bit of a slump of their own as they’ve lost eight of their last 12 games and they will be hoping to snap a three-game losing streak after falling to the Timberwolves in a 120-105 home loss on Thursday. Brandon Ingram led the team with 20 points, Rajon Rondo added 15 points with six rebounds and 13 assists while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chipped in with 13 points. As a team, the Lakers shot 50 percent from the field and eight of 28 from the 3-point line as they led the Timberwolves for most of the game until the second half where they were outscored by 62-44. With the loss, Los Angeles fell to 25-24 overall and 15-11 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Suns are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. The Lakers are 0-3-1 ATS in their last four home games, 7-16-2 ATS in their last 25 games against a team with a losing record and 1-4 ATS in their last five Sunday games.
Head to head, the over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings, the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings and the Suns are 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings.
The Lakers have been way below their best lately and it is unclear whether they will have LeBron James or Kyle Kuzma for this encounter, but the Lakers should still have more than enough to beat the struggling Suns who just can’t buy a win these days. These two squads have already met twice this season with the Lakers winning each meeting by double digits. An upset isn’t totally out of the question as the Lakers are vulnerable right now, but at home they should be good enough to get the win and cover in this one.