Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, NBA Odds

Daniel Coyle | Updated Mar 22, 2023

The Lakers will be looking to return to the playoff picture in the West with a second straight win when they host the Suns in Wednesday NBA action.

March 22, 2023, 10:00 PM ET
Staples Center
L.A. Lakers
Pointspread +1.5 -110
Moneyline +102
Over / Under o +227.5


Betting Action


Pointspread -1.5 -110
Moneyline -123
Over / Under u +227.5


Betting Action


The Lakers napped a two-game straight up slide with Sunday’s 111-105 win over Orlando, and now sit just a half-game back of both Minnesota and Utah in the raise for the final playoff berth in the West. The Suns struggles since losing superstar Kevin Durant to injury continued in Sunday’s 124-120 loss in Oklahoma City, which marked their fourth defeat in five outings. 

The Suns have held steady since opening as 1-point road favourites. The total has made steady gains since opening at 227.5, climbing to 229.5.

Suns vs. Lakers NBA Betting Odds

Wednesday night’s matchup at Arena marks the third of four scheduled meetings between these clubs this season. The Suns dominated in their first two dates with Los Angeles this season, racking up a pair of lopsided wins on home court, capped by a 130-104 mismatch on December 19, and extending their current straight up win streak in head-to-head action to nine games. Phoenix has claimed victory by double-digit margins in each of its past eight dates with the Lakers, fueling a steady 8-1 against the spread. However, with Los Angeles scoring 105 or fewer points in seven of their past nine clashes, the UNDER has continued to pay out, going 7-3 over their past 10 matchups.

Phoenix Suns

The Suns’ hopes of finishing atop the Western Conference standings have quickly faded since Kevin Durant suffered a severe ankle sprain back on March 8. The club has struggled at times on both sides of the ball during their subsequent 4-1 run, allowing 120.8 points per game while averaging just 114.2 points per game, nine points fewer than what they scored over their first four games since acquiring KD. Devin Booker has continued to produce in Durant’s absence. Booker is coming off an impressive 46-point performance in Sunday’s loss to the Thunder, and has averaged 34.1 points in nine outings this month. Deandre Ayton has also been making solid two-way contributions, compiling 20.3 points over his past four outings, and 10.3 rebounds so far this month, but will be unavailable on Wednesday due to a hip injury. 

Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers continue to endure superstar injury woes of their own. LeBron James remains out of the lineup indefinitely due to a foot injury that has sidelined him since February 26. Anthony Davis remains a fixture on the injury report as he battles his way through a nagging foot injury. But while Davis has managed to play through the injury, his status for Wednesday’s contest remains far from certain. Despite playing hurt, AD has remained a beast under the bucket, averaging 14.2 boards over his past six games. However, he has managed to score more than 17 points just twice in his past five outings. With the Lakers’ superstar duo hobbled, Austin Reaves has seized the opportunity to contribute from off the bench. The undrafted 24-year-old is coming off a career-best 35-point performance in OKC, and has averaged 25 points and five boards over his past three games.

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