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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||Head-to-Head||Phoenix Suns|
|Darvin Ham||Head Coach||Monty Williams|
|12-16 (12th in West)||Standing||18-12 (4th in West)|
|111.6 (19th of 30)||Off Rtg||116.9 (2nd of 30)|
|112.5 (13th of 30)||Def Rtg||112.4 (11th of 30)|
|102.2 (3rd of 30)||Pace||98.0 (23rd of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|A. Davis (27.4)||PPG||D. Booker (28.0)|
|A. Davis (12.1)||RPG||D. Ayton (9.5)|
|R. Westbrook (7.6)||APG||D. Booker (9.0)|
|L. James (1.3)||SPG||C. Paul (1.5)|
|A. Davis (2.1)||BPG||B. Biyombo (1.4)|
|T. Bryant (.714)/L. James (10.5)||FG%/FGM||D. Ayton (.619)/D. Booker (10.1)|
|M. Christie (.455)/L. James (2.3)||3P%/3PM||D. Lee (.478)/C. Johnson (2.8)|
|Wenyen Gabriel||Los Angeles Lakers||06 Dec 2022||Out (Shoulder)||Gabriel is expected to be out for about a week.|
|Juan Toscano-Anderson||Los Angeles Lakers||08 Dec 2022||Out (Ankle)||Toscano-Anderson is expected to miss about two weeks.|
|Anthony Davis||Los Angeles Lakers||17 Dec 2022||Out (Foot)||Davis was OUT for Los Angeles' Sunday (Dec 18) game.|
|LeBron James||Los Angeles Lakers||17 Dec 2022||Day to Day (Ankle)||James was PROBABLE for Los Angeles' Sunday (Dec 18) game.|
|Patrick Beverly||Los Angeles Lakers||18 Dec 2022||Out (Calf)||Beverly was OUT for Los Angeles' Sunday (Dec 18) game.|
|Cameron Johnson||Phoenix Suns||08 Nov 2022||Out (Knee)||Johnson underwent knee surgery and should return in 1-2 months.|
|DeAndre Ayton||Phoenix Suns||17 Dec 2022||Out (Ankle)||Ayton was OUT for Phoenix's Saturday (Dec 17) game.|
|Cameron Payne||Phoenix Suns||17 Dec 2022||Out (Foot)||Payne was OUT for Phoenix's Saturday (Dec 17) game.|
|Duane Washington Jr.||Phoenix Suns||17 Dec 2022||Out (Hip)||Washington Jr. Ayton was OUT for Phoenix's Saturday (Dec 17) game.|
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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