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Lakers vs Suns Predictions: Lakers Enter This Game on the Second-Leg of a Back-To-Back

  • The Los Angeles Lakers enter this game on the second-leg of a back-to-back.
  • The Phoenix Suns hope to push their win streak to three games in a row!
  • The Suns won their most recent meeting with the Lakers, 115-105.

Both the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns are aiming to use this game to spark a winning streak. After a short positive run, the Lakers have regressed and now sit 12th in the Western Conference with a 12-16 record. The Suns are now fourth in the Western Conference with an 18-12 record, but a 5-9 record on the road.

Phoenix enter this game on a two-game win streak, but have won just four games over their last 10 games. The Lakers are coming off of a win, while having gone 5-5 over their last 10 matches. The two teams will look at this meeting as a great opportunity to climb the Western Conference table.

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Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns Predictions

Head-to-Head: Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns

Los Angeles Lakers
Head-to-HeadPhoenix Suns
Darvin HamHead CoachMonty Williams
12-16 (12th in West)Standing18-12 (4th in West)
W-W-L-WFormW-W-L-L
111.6 (19th of 30)Off Rtg116.9 (2nd of 30)
112.5 (13th of 30)Def Rtg112.4 (11th of 30)
102.2 (3rd of 30)Pace98.0 (23rd of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

A. Davis (27.4)PPGD. Booker (28.0)
A. Davis (12.1)RPGD. Ayton (9.5)
R. Westbrook (7.6)APGD. Booker (9.0)
L. James (1.3)SPGC. Paul (1.5)
A. Davis (2.1)BPGB. Biyombo (1.4)
T. Bryant (.714)/L. James (10.5)FG%/FGMD. Ayton (.619)/D. Booker (10.1)
M. Christie (.455)/L. James (2.3)3P%/3PMD. Lee (.478)/C. Johnson (2.8)

Injury Report

PlayerTeamDateStatusInfo
Wenyen GabrielLos Angeles Lakers06 Dec 2022Out (Shoulder)Gabriel is expected to be out for about a week.
Juan Toscano-AndersonLos Angeles Lakers08 Dec 2022Out (Ankle)Toscano-Anderson is expected to miss about two weeks.
Anthony DavisLos Angeles Lakers  17 Dec 2022Out (Foot)Davis was OUT for Los Angeles' Sunday (Dec 18) game.
LeBron JamesLos Angeles Lakers  17 Dec 2022 Day to Day (Ankle)James was PROBABLE for Los Angeles' Sunday (Dec 18) game.
Patrick BeverlyLos Angeles Lakers  18 Dec 2022Out (Calf)Beverly was OUT for Los Angeles' Sunday (Dec 18) game.
Cameron JohnsonPhoenix Suns08 Nov 2022Out (Knee)Johnson underwent knee surgery and should return in 1-2 months.
DeAndre AytonPhoenix Suns17 Dec 2022Out (Ankle)Ayton was OUT for Phoenix's Saturday (Dec 17) game.
Cameron PaynePhoenix Suns17 Dec 2022Out (Foot)Payne was OUT for Phoenix's Saturday (Dec 17) game.
Duane Washington Jr.Phoenix Suns17 Dec 2022Out (Hip)Washington Jr. Ayton was OUT for Phoenix's Saturday (Dec 17) game.

Pick: Phoenix Suns to Win

There's an expectation that this game will be quite competitive when the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns face off. The Suns are looking to capitalize on a recent two game win streak over the Clippers and Pelicans. While the Lakers are also on a two game win streak, they are still missing some key players in this matchup.

The Suns have been excellent to bounce back from their five game losing streak with back-to-back wins. They've averaged 114.5 points on a 10.0 point differential, while also forcing 16.0 turnovers to 8.0 of their own. On the other end of the court are a Lakers side that have averaged 122.5 points over their last two games, while shooting 51.3% from the field and 38.3% from three-point range.

Despite the severity of their recent losing streak, the Suns showed their quality as they won by a 10.0 average points margin against the LA Clippers and the New Orleans Pelicans - two of the league's top defences. The Lakers have over-performed through their recent win streak, and against improved opposition in the Phoenix Suns their outlook isn't promising. Given the Suns' solid three-point defence, don't expect the Lakers' offence to be as potent as in recent games.

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How to Watch Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns

  • Who: Los Angeles Lakers & Phoenix Suns
  • Where: Footprint Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • When: 9:00 PM EST, Monday, December 19, 2022
  • How to Watch: NBA TV, NBA League Pass (Stream)

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