Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns Prediction, NBA Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Apr 05, 2022

Can the L.A. Lakers keep their slim playoff hopes alive on Tuesday when they head to Phoenix to face the NBA-best Suns?

L.A. Lakers
33-49
AT
April 05, 2022, 10:30 PM ET
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Phoenix
64-18
Pointspread +13 -104
Moneyline +514
Over / Under o +234.5

38%

Betting Action

62%

Pointspread -13 -115
Moneyline -654
Over / Under u +234.5

38%

Betting Action

62%

It’s been a stunning fall from grace for the Lakers as L.A. will likely fall short of a play-in tournament spot and miss the playoffs.  Phoenix is on the complete other end of the spectrum and have locked up the NBA’s best regular season record, although they’re coming off a 117-96 loss in Oklahoma City on Sunday.  The Lakers dropped their sixth in a row, 129-118, at home against Denver on Sunday.

The Suns are 11.5-point favourites to win on the NBA odds, with a total of 223.5.

Lakers vs. Suns NBA Betting Odds

Phoenix has had L.A.’s number over the last couple of seasons, winning the last six head-to-heads, including all three previous games this season.  Two of those three games finished Under the total.

It’s been an absolute train wreck for the Lakers as they’ve lost 15 of their last 17 road games.  They’re 32-46 against the spread this season, covering just once in their last five games.  The total has gone Over in seven of L.A.’s last nine games.

The Suns have been miles ahead of the rest of the NBA all year and sit seven games up on the next closest team in the league standings, Memphis.  They’re 42-36 ATS overall, including 19-20 ATS at home.  The total has gone Over in eight of Phoenix’s last 12 games.

Los Angeles Lakers

It’s pretty simple math at this point, L.A. has absolutely no room for error.  With San Antonio owning the tiebreaker, the Lakers needs to win all four of their remaining games, three of which are road games against Phoenix, Golden State and Denver, and the Spurs need to lose at least three of their last four contests for L.A. to grab the final play-in tournament spot.

Anthony Davis had 28 points, nine rebounds and eight assists against Denver on Sunday.  Russell Westbrook added 27 points, 10 boards and seven dimes, but the absence of LeBron James was too much to overcome.  James, the NBA’s leading scorer with 30.3 points per game, sat for the fourth time in six games to rest a sprained left ankle.  The game was actually just Davis’ second since returning from his own six-week injury absence.  You can point to injuries as the main reason why things have gone so bad in L.A., as James, Davis and Westbrook have only appeared in 21 games together this season.  There’s been no update on James’ status for Tuesday, but keep in mind he’ll need to play at least two of the final four games to qualify for the NBA’s scoring title, which would only be the second of his career and first since 2008.

Phoenix Suns

There’s nothing left for Phoenix to play for at this point, so it’s not shocking to see the team drop their last two games and focus more on providing rest for their stars.  The Suns have already locked up the NBA’s best regular season record, assuring them home court advantage throughout what they are hoping will be another long playoff run.  Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Jae Crowder were all given the night off against the Thunder on Sunday.  Booker leads the team with 22.6 ppg, while Ayton is second with 17.1 ppg and averages a team-high 10.2 rebounds.

Mikal Bridges led the Suns with a team-high 18 points against OKC, while Cameron Johnson had 14 and Chris Paul had 11.  It’s was Phoenix’s worst three-point shooting effort of the season as they hit just seven of 38 (18.4 per cent) shots from beyond the arc.  The Suns were also outrebounded 54-32.  There’s been no update on who, if anyone, will be held out against the Lakers, but don’t expect big minutes for the core of Booker, Paul, Ayton and Crowder either way.

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