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Phoenix Suns vs. L.A. Lakers - 3/2/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
L.A. Lakers at Phoenix Suns
Date & Time Saturday March 2, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Talking Stick Resort Arena
Phoenix, Arizona
The Line
The Line: Phoenix Suns +6.5 -- Over/Under: 233
TV Channel
SPEC, FSAZ
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The Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns meet Saturday in NBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Los Angeles Lakers could use a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 112.4 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 113.6 points on 45 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 26.9 points and 7.8 assists while Kyle Kuzma is averaging 19.2 points and 5.6 rebounds. Brandon Ingram is the third double-digit scorer and Reggie Bullock is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 68.8 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.8 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost their last four road games.

The Phoenix Suns could also use a win after losing 20 of their last 23 games. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 106.2 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 116.2 points on 48.4 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 24.6 points and 6.7 assists while TJ Warren is averaging 18 points and four rebounds. Deandre Ayton is the third double-digit scorer and Kelly Oubre Jr. is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 32.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77.6 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.1 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns haven’t won a home game since January 12.

The Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Suns are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Lakers are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Phoenix and 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The under is 5-2 in Suns last 7 overall. The over is 7-3 in Lakers last 10 road games.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been a hard team to trust this season, as they're so inconsistent and even struggle against poor teams. The Lakers are also coming off a frustrating game last night to the Bucks, a game they could have easily won but fumbled the game away in the fourth quarter. With that said, the Lakers have won each of the last four meetings against the Suns and none of those wins were close. The Phoenix Suns lose often and lose ugly, and they're being outscored by an average of 11.6 points in their last five games while allowing nearly 49 percent shooting. While the Lakers can't be happy, damn near every team beats the breaks off the Suns. I'd expect a Lakers squad fighting for its playoff lives to do the same.

Pick:
L.A. Lakers -6.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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