Lakers on Road to Battle Phoenix Suns

Phoenix Suns

Suns and Lakers Top Draft Picks Square Off Tonight

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns meet at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Friday night. Both teams are coming off opening night losses. Tip-off is set for 10 pm EST.

Lonzo Ball and Josh Jackson will begin what could become a great rivalry Friday night. Both will be hoping to flush the bad games of their pro debuts.

Ball was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 draft. He is a point guard that was taken by arguably the best point guard in NBA history. The Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson traded point guard D’Angelo Russell to create space for Ball.

Jackson is a small forward and was the fourth player taken. The Suns are so high on him that they did not even talk when the Cleveland Cavaliers asked about him as a possible piece in a potential Kyrie Irving trade last summer.

Oddsmakers opened the game as a Pick-em, while the game’s total opened at 223. The line now shows the Suns as 3-point favorites. The total has dropped to 220.

Phoenix Suns Got Hammered Opening Night

Last time out for Phoenix, they were a 124-76 loser as they battled the Portland Trail Blazers at home. The Suns failed to cover in the match as a +2.5-point underdog, while 200 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

The Suns can only improve from the mess that was their home opener on Wednesday. The Portland Trail Blazers gave the Suns the worst loss in franchise history. It was the worst opening-day loss in NBA history.

The Suns shot 31.5 percent from the field and were outrebounded 57-33.

Jackson had 11 points, two rebounds and an assist while starting on a front line.  He started alongside and TJ Warren. Jackson made 1 of 2 3-point attempts in 32 minutes.

Guard Eric Bledsoe shot 8 of 35 from the field in preseason, made 5 of 18 field-goal attempts in the opener. He led the team with 15 points against Portland. Booker had 12 points on 6-of-17 shooting.

Lakers Look to Keep Ball from Getting Man-Handled

Los Angeles was a 108-92 loser in its last match at home against the Los Angeles Clippers. They failed to cover the +6.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 200 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Ball had three points on his lone basket, a 3-pointer. He added nine rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes on Thursday. He was held out of the last four preseasons games because of an ankle injury.

The Lakers traded Russell, who was the second overall pick in the 2015 draft in the off-season.  They added veterans Brook Lopez and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The Lakers also maintained enough cap room for the coming off-season. Magic Johnson wants to be able to afford potential free agents such as LeBron James or Paul George.

Lopez scored 20 points against the Clippers. Power forward Larry Nance Jr. had 14.  Caldwell-Pope will miss his second straight game Friday. He is sitting out a two-game suspension for being arrested and pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated.


Team Records

Los Angeles Lakers

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Last 100-10-10-00-10-10-092.00108.00-16.00
vs Div0-10-10-00-10-10-092.00108.00-16.00
vs EAST0-00-00-00-00-00-
vs WEST0-10-10-00-10-10-092.00108.00-16.00

Phoenix Suns

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Last 100-10-10-00-10-10-076.00124.00-48.00
vs Div0-00-00-00-00-00-
vs EAST0-00-00-00-00-00-
vs WEST0-10-10-00-10-10-076.00124.00-48.00


Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense92.0026124.0028
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense0.000124.0015
Away Team Road Rebounds vs Home Team Home Rebounds Allowed0.00057.0015
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense76.0030108.0018
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense76.00160.000
Home Team Home Rebounds vs Away Team Road Rebounds Allowed33.00160.000

Head To Head Summary

TeamrecordATSO/UAVGAVG ½FG%REB3PTsteals
LA Lakers3-73-78-2105.9051.5046.4548.7095/2629.00

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineATSTotalO/UFG% EdgeReb Edge3PT EdgeAway Half ScoreHome Half ScoreAway FG%Home FG%Away ReboundsHome ReboundsAway Three PointersHome Three PointersAway StealsHome Steals
Mar 9, 2017LAL122PHO110-6.5LAL231OLALPHOLAL61634846.2425412/276/19117
Feb 15, 2017LAL101PHO137-4.5PHO226.5OPHOPHOPHO486837.655.736599/2610/2497
Dec 9, 2016PHO119LAL115-1.5PHO221.5OPHOLALPHO625247.446444913/309/2684
Nov 6, 2016PHO108LAL119-3.5LAL216OLALLALLAL43544445.640536/2010/2388
Mar 23, 2016LAL107PHO119-5.5PHO214OPHOPHOPHO474741.950.541527/2613/2866
Mar 18, 2016PHO95LAL90-4PHO214ULALPHOPHO4732363657508/306/2354
Jan 3, 2016PHO77LAL971LAL209ULALLALLAL22433645.245546/278/2288
Nov 16, 2015LAL101PHO120-11.5PHO205OPHOPHOPHO535748.148.437509/2011/30513
Jan 19, 2015LAL100PHO115-10.5PHO214.5OPHOLALPHO515145.35046418/1713/32916
Dec 28, 2014PHO116LAL1075PHO216.5OLALPHOLAL555650.651.945359/2212/20128

NBA Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Los Angeles Lakers

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Oct 19, 2017LAC92-108L6.5219L/U40.6660.874H
Apr 12, 2017GS94-109L13.5222L/U44.0957.144A
Apr 11, 2017NOH108-96W-2.5218.5W/U47.7369.578H
Apr 9, 2017MIN110-109W6221.5W/U48.8480.0010H
Apr 7, 2017SAC98-94W-2.5217W/U44.1972.004H

Phoenix Suns

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Oct 18, 2017POR76-124L2.5219.5L/U31.4672.227H
Apr 11, 2017SAC104-129L4.5219L/O37.6158.338A
Apr 9, 2017DAL124-111W-2.5210.5W/O55.0087.508H
Apr 7, 2017OKC120-99W9229W/U51.8183.878H
Apr 5, 2017GS111-120L8.5229L/O41.7569.237H


Next up:
Los Angeles home to New Orleans Sunday, October 22
Phoenix at Los Angeles Saturday, October 21

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