LeBron James says he’s throttling up to playoff-mode as his Lakers chase the final postseason position in the Western Conference. The NBA schedule gives James and the Lakers a great chance to close the gap on the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night when they visit the lowly Phoenix Suns.
NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis
LA is coming off a 131-120 defeat to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night in which it was outscored by 12 points in the fourth quarter. The Lakers are allowing 124.2 points per game over their last nine contests and the Over is 6-3 over the same period.
The Purple and Gold are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven and only the Golden State Warriors have fewer ATS wins this season. Los Angeles hasn’t been a good bet when favoured on the road. The club is just 5-11 against the number when giving points away from home.
Phoenix lost by 14 points at home to the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night as a 4.5-point underdog. The Suns have just one outright win in their last 19 games and they’ve covered the spread in only six of those contests.
The Lakers are on a great run against their Pacific division foes. They’re 7-1 ATS in their last eight meeting against Phoenix including back in January when the Lakers won 116-102 as 7.5-point home favourites.
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Brandon Ingram’s name has come up a lot in trade rumours over the last few months, but he’s not letting the talk negatively impact his play on the hardwood. The third year wing is averaging 28.4 points and 7.5 rebounds over his last five games.
As mentioned, scoring hasn’t been the chief problem for the Lakers. LA is allowing 117.8 points per 100 possessions over their last nine games. That’s the second worst defensive rating in the NBA over the same period.
There might not be another team in the NBA with a worse situation at point guard than the Phoenix Suns. The club tried to improve the position of weakness at the trade deadline by picking up Tyler Johnson from the Miami Heat, but he’s only played two good games in his seven appearances for Phoenix.
Devin Booker continues to be the chief threat for the Suns. The combo guard is averaging 24.6 points and 6.8 assists per game this season.