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Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Lakers Betting Preview – Jan 11, 2024

In the National Basketball Association on Thursday, the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers are scheduled to get together. The Phoenix Suns are 19-18 on the season, which is 8th in the Western Conference standings. The Suns are coming off back to back losses, with their most recent at the Clippers on Monday.

For the Lakers, they are 19-19. The Lakers are 10th in the West. Los Angeles though has won back to back games. The Lakers were able to get by Toronto on Tuesday by a point.

The Los Angeles Lakers are -2 in this game. The Lakers and Suns see the total for this game set at 235.5.

Suns Need to Figure out Defensively

Frank Vogel’s team is going to have to start playing some defense. The Suns allowed 129.5 points per game during their last two; both losses. The Suns are 15th in scoring, with 115.2 points per game, so allowing that many points in a game is not going to be a long term recipe for success.

The Suns are one of the better free throw shooting teams in the league. Phoenix is making nearly 82% of them. That’s no surprise with Kevin Durant leading the way. Durant is just shy of 88%, and is scoring 29.6 per game. Devin Booker is scoring 26.1 per game, while Bradley Beal, when he is healthy, is averaging 16.4 per game.

The Phoenix Suns are playing their second of a three game road trip. Following this game, the Suns will head to Portland to take on the Trail Blazers. After that, Phoenix has home games in three of their next four.

Lakers Looking to Win Third Straight

On the season, the Lakers are right in the middle of the pack offensively. The Lakers are scoring 114 points per game. Los Angeles is one of the worst three point shooting teams in the league, making just under 11 per game. Los Angeles is also one of the worst getting rebounds on the offensive side, with 8.4 per game.

Anthony Davis scored 41 in a recent win over the Raptors. The big man has taken over as the top scorer for the Lakers. He is scoring 25.7 per game, while LeBron James is at 25.1. Austin Reaves comes in third for the Lakers with 15.1 per game. The big news has been Davis and James both playing in a good chunk of their games, with Davis missing 2 and James 3.

The Los Angeles Lakers are playing their final game of their five game home stand. Los Angeles lost the first two and has won the last two. They play one road game at the Jazz, and come back home for four more games.

Lakers Win Again

The Lakers are going to win this game. The combination of LeBron James and Anthony Davis prove to be too much for the Suns in this one. Many are shaking their heads with this Suns team, and it continues. Bet the Lakers -2 over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday!

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