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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns - 12/2/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Phoenix Suns (4-18) at Los Angeles Lakers (13-9)
Date & Time Sunday December 2, 2018, 3:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -11 -- Over/Under: 224.5
TV Channel
SPEC, FSAZ
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NBA | Phoenix Suns (4-18) at Los Angeles Lakers (13-9)
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The Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers meet Sunday 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 103.3 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 113.4 points on 48.1 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 24.5 points and seven assists while TJ Warren is averaging 17.7 points and 4.1 rebounds. Deandre Ayton is the third double-digit scorer and Trevor Ariza is dishing 3.3 assists. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.8 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost 10 of their last 11 road games.

The Los Angeles Lakers look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 112.4 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 111.7 points on 44.8 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 28.1 points and 6.6 assists while Kyle Kuzma is averaging 16.3 points and 5.2 rebounds. Brandon Ingram is the third double-digit scorer and JaVale McGee is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 70.4 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have won six of their last seven home games.

The Suns are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Sunday games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Suns are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 14-3-1 in Lakers last 18 overall. The under is 4-1 in Suns last 5 overall.

When these teams met over a month ago, the Lakers won by 18 and scored 131 points, and that's when Los Angeles was still going through the motions. Now, the Lakers are starting to get their feet under them and are playing more consistent and confident basketball. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 49.9 percent shooting and are being outscored by 13.7 points on the road this season. So, while the Lakers have yet to cover a game this season when a favorite of at least seven points, I can't back the Suns with any confidence. I'll take the Lakers in another blowout win.

Pick:
Los Angeles Lakers -11

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