Suns vs. Lakers Prediction
Are the Suns a good bet to cash for bettors tonight as a road underdog versus the Lakers at 10:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Lakers are now 1.5-point home favorites versus the Suns after opening as a 4-point favorite. The total has also shifted off the original number, going from 220.5 down to 218 at the majority of online and Vegas sports books.
SUNS KEY TRENDS: The Suns are just 1-4 against the spread in their last six games overall and have struggled to cover versus Western Conference opponents, going 0-4-1 at the betting window in their last five games in that situation. They're also just 16-36 against the spread in their last 52 games versus an opponent that owns a losing record.
LAKERS KEY TRENDS: The Lakers are also struggling at the betting window, going 0-4 against the spread in their last four games overall. They're also winless at 0-6 against the spread in their last six games against Western Conference competition, are 2-5-1 against the number in their last eight home games and are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games when playing on Friday night.
OUR PREDICTION: Bettors wouldn't think it but the Suns have actually been one of the better underdog teams in the NBA this season, going 11-6-1 at the betting window when they're a dog. They've also been profitable coming off a loss, going 20-6-1 at the betting window in their last 27 games after losing in their previous contest. They're 10-2 against the spread in their last 12 games following a double-digit loss at home as well. The Lakers badly miss D'Angelo Russell, who will miss his 11th consecutive game due to a knee injury.
FRIDAY NBA PREDICTION: PHOENIX SUNS +1.5