Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, NBA Odds

Andrew Rogers | Updated Oct 22, 2021

After season-opening losses for both teams, the Lakers and Suns are both entering Friday's contest looking for bounce-back performances.

Phoenix
20-4
AT
October 22, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
Staples Center
L.A. Lakers
12-12

The Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers both suffered second-half meltdowns in their season opener – and while the 2021-22 campaign is still young, both sides understand the importance of a strong bounce-back effort as they tangle Friday night at Staples Center. Phoenix kicked off its defence of its Western Conference title by blowing a seven-point halftime lead en route to a 110-98 loss to Denver. The Lakers dropped a 121-114 home decision to Golden State.

L.A. is a 1-point favourite to win on the NBA odds, with a total of 221.

Suns vs. Lakers NBA Betting Odds

Home-court advantage is the difference here as the Lakers enjoy an ever-so-slight edge ATS. But Staples Center hasn’t been kind to Lakers backers, who have seen the Purple and Gold cover in just one of their past seven home games overall. Phoenix bettors might also feel a bit squeamish going into this one: The Suns failed to cover their last four games against the Bucks in the NBA Finals, and have gone 0-5 ATS in their last five overall.

A whopping 75 per cent of Sports Interaction bettors like the Lakers -1, while 56 per cent are taking the plunge on the O221 at -221. Bookmakers are clearly expecting these teams to open things up quite a bit compared to their opening-round playoff series from last year, which the Suns claimed in six games. None of those games saw more than 213 total points scored, with the losing team scoring 95 or fewer points four times in the series.

Phoenix Suns

The Suns bore little resemblance in their season opener to the team that shocked just about everyone en route to an unlikely NBA Finals appearance. Phoenix scored just 40 second-half points while giving up several wide-open 3s as it squandered a 16-point advantage. Look for a stronger performance from Suns scoring leader Devin Booker, who finished 14th in the NBA last season at 25.6 points per game but had just 12 on 3-of-15 shooting vs. Denver.

Los Angeles Lakers

The biggest difference between these two teams this time around is the presence of former MVP guard Russell Westbrook, who was acquired in a blockbuster offseason trade. But Westbrook had a truly dreadful debut with his new team, finishing with eight points, five rebounds and four assists while shooting 4-of-13 and adding four turnovers. Westbrook did, however, record a triple-double in his lone meeting with the Suns last season

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