Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns will look to extend their winning ways when they hit the road to take on LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in a New Year’s Day meeting of Pacific Division rivals. With the Lakers looking to avoid the holiday upset in this mid-week matchup, let’s find out which team is offering the best value against their NBA odds.
Suns vs Lakers 2019 NBA Odds, Preview & Pick
- When: Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 10:30 PM ET
- Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
- TV: FSAZ
- Radio: Phoenix / Los Angeles
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Odds: Lakers -11
Why Bet On Phoenix?
Phoenix ranks a stellar sixth in scoring and the Suns have won two straight including a 122-116 win over Portland on Monday night that saw Devin Booker score a team-high 33 points while Kelly Oubre Jr. added 29 points. Phoenix has also gone a surprising 8-9 on the road this season and 9-7 ATS away from home and the Lakers have dropped two of their last three home dates while going an uninspiring 2-4 SU over their last six games overall. Booker averages a team-high 24.9 points per game while Oubre Jr. adds 17.7 points per contest.
- Average Score For: 114.27
- Field Goals: 46.06
- Three Points: 35.14
- Free Throws: 80.69
- Rebounds: 43.15
- Average Score Against: 115.06
- Field Goals: 47.77
- Three Points: 37.58
- Free Throws: 77.30
- Rebounds: 45.00
Why Bet On LA Lakers?
Los Angeles has won two straight after dropping their previous four games and the Lakers come into this matchup off a convincing 108-95 smackdown of Dallas on Sunday night hat saw six players score in double figures, led by Anthony Davis’ team-high 23 points. LeBron James and company are 11-4 at home this season while ranking ninth in scoring (112.4 ppg) and an even more impressive fifth in points allowed (105.3 ppg). Davis is averaging a team-high 27.3 points per contest while James averages 25.1 points and a league-leading 10.8 assists per game.
- Average Score For: 112.42
- Field Goals: 48.22
- Three Points: 35.27
- Free Throws: 73.67
- Rebounds: 45.18
- Average Score Against: 105.27
- Field Goals: 43.78
- Three Points: 34.00
- Free Throws: 80.05
- Rebounds: 41.79
NBA Betting Trends for Suns vs Lakers
- Suns are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 games against LA Lakers
- Suns are 2-8 SU in the last 10 games
- The total went OVER in 5 of Phoenix’s last 6 games
- Lakers are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 games
- Lakers are 15-5 SU in the last 20 games
- The total went UNDER in 5 of the Lakers’ last 7 games
Suns vs Lakers Expert Analysis and Prediction
I know the Lakers are playing at home and have the far better defense in this matchup, but Phoenix can score the rock and the Suns have been transformed by the addition of widely-respected head coach Monty Williams. The Lakers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games and Phoenix has been extremely competitive on the road this season and comes into this contest having won two straight on the road. While I’m going with L.A. to take care of business to avoid the upset, I like Phoenix to challenge them at keep it closer than expected until the very end.
Pick: Lakers 115 Suns 112