Suns at Lakers 11/17/17 - NBA Picks & Predictions
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Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers
NBA: 10:30 PM EST
Nov. 17, 2017
Latest Odds : LAL -6.5 Total 225.5
Phoenix (5-10), who had such a poor start to the beginning of the season, seemed to right the ship. That was before the last couple weeks of play, and the Suns have lost six of their last seven games. On Monday, Phoenix went down against the Lakers, 100-93.
On the season, Phoenix has the worst defense in the league. The Suns allow 115.1 points per game, and they've given up at least 120 points in three of their last six losses. However, offense was the problem against Los Angeles. Devin Booker dropped 36 points, but Phoenix only managed 93 points.
Booker averages 23.2 points per game this year. He shot 14 of 27 from the field against the Lakers. Booker has taken 268 shots this season, which ranks sixth in the NBA. He's shot well for that volume, with a .455 field goal percentage.
The Lakers (6-9) continue to be victims of Lonzo Ball's poor shooting. Against Philadelphia on Wednesday, Ball went 1 of 9 from the field. On the season, he's shooting a .303 percentage from the field and a .230 mark from 3-point range. Ball and Los Angeles could be having a promising season with better shooting from the rookie out of UCLA.
Jordan Clarkson often comes off the bench, but he's the leading scorer for Los Angeles. He averages 15.8 points per game and dropped 25 points against Phoenix and 20 against Philadelphia in the last two Lakers' games. Clarkson has a .497 shooting percentage.
Recent Betting Trends:
Suns are 3-14 ATS in their last 17 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
Under is 4-1 in Suns last 5 vs. Western Conference.
Under is 5-1 in Lakers last 6 vs. NBA Pacific.
Free Betting Pick: LA Lakers -6.5
This Lakers team just won in Phoenix earlier this week and Los Angeles makes it another easy win against struggling Suns. Phoenix bad defense has given them few chances to even keep it close in last week. The Lakers Ball has another double double and leads LA to easy home win. Final Score Prediction, Los Angeles Lakers win and cover ATS 105-96.