Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, NBA Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Dec 04, 2023

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers conclude two nights of quarterfinal tournament action on Tuesday when they battle at crypto.com Arena.

Phoenix
33-22
AT
December 05, 2023, 10:00 PM ET
Staples Center
L.A. Lakers
30-26
Pointspread +1.5 -110
Moneyline +100
Over / Under o +230.5
Pointspread -1.5 -110
Moneyline -120
Over / Under u +230.5

Both the Lakers and Suns are finding their rhythm at this relatively early stage of the season. Each side has been dealt important injury blows, and so far wins have been more difficult to come by than originally foreseen. That said, both took down their opponents on Saturday. The Suns burned the Grizzlies 116-109, whereas the Lakers grounded the Rockets 107-97.

This knockout-round match is a tough one to call according to the NBA odds. The Lakers are the slightest of favourites, pegged at -1.5.

Suns vs. Lakers NBA Betting Odds

As happenstance would have it, this is already the third time this season that Phoenix and L.A. butt heads. They clashed in the opening week of the calendar, with the purple and gold earning a 100-95 victory, then a few weeks later in the desert, where the Lakers won again, this time 122-119.

Should the Suns get eliminated on Tuesday, the entire 2023 year will have gone by without a single win over their Los Angeles rivals. The latter has won all four tilts. Funnily, Phoenix had been riding a six-game winning streak before then.

As previously stated, things aren’t terribly smooth in Phoenix. Not bad, but not smooth. Look no further than their 9-10-1 record against the spread. To that effect, the club had covered four times in a row not long ago before failing to do so for the past three matches. One can depend on Phoenix being involved in high-scoring games given the over’s 14-6 record.

The Lakers’ 12-9 tally in the standings is reversed regarding the spread. At 9-12, they’re a dubious proposition. That streak we keep writing about? The one in which the results of their spreads keep changing? Well, it’s carried over into December. Take note that they covered on Saturday. The run is now 15 games!

Phoenix Suns

Phoenix struggled for a while against a Memphis Grizzlies side that’s proven to be a tough out at times on the road. The visitors demonstrated some resolve in the first half before the hosts took over in the second, winning the contest 116-109.

The Suns are one of the best three-point shooting units in the NBA (38.4 per cent, fourth), but Saturday was a slightly off night as they went 9-for-26. They struggled a lot to contain Grizzlies power forward Jaren Jackson Jr., who fired and bullied his way to 37 points. The balance of power shifted in the third quarter when Phoenix dominated 34-21. Devin Booker got hot, hitting 9-of-21 and going perfect from the line (13 shots) for 34 points. He also corralled 10 boards, making for a nice double-double night. Kevin Durant got busy in the second half as well, which is when he tallied most of his 27 points.

Eric Gordon is listed as day-to-day.

Los Angeles Lakers

It was another round of Dillon Brooks vs. LeBron James on Saturday, only this time the king got involved with Rockets coach Ime Udoka. The latter was even dealt a second technical and ejected for getting into a tense repartee with James.

When all was said and done, the Lakers proved to be too much for the Rockets, who are 0-8 away from home. James didn’t need to be special with the way some of his teammates played, although his 360-degree spin for a layup in the second quarter was amazing. L.A. often blitzed Houston for turnovers and scored on the counter-attack. Austin Reaves was sensational off the bench, playing with speed and poise en route to an 18-point night. Anthony Davis was his usual efficient self (27 points, 14 rebounds) but what helped a lot were double-digit nights from supporting cast members Cam Reddish (11), Taurean Prince (11), and Max Christie (12). Lakers win, 107-97.

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