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The Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers meet for the third time this season. The Lakers enter this game ranked 11th in the Western Conference, owning a 35-37 overall record and a 19-17 home record. The Suns are fourth in the West, owning a 38-33 overall record and a 22-14 road record.
The Los Angeles Lakers will have a home-court advantage, with this game hosted at crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California. Wednesday will feature the third of four meetings between the Suns and Lakers this season. The last time these two teams met, the Suns defeated the Lakers 104-130.
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|Phoenix Suns||Head-to-Head||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Monty Williams||Head Coach||Darvin Ham|
|38-33 (4th in West)||Standing||35-37 (11th in West)|
|114.7 (15th of 30)||Off Rtg||113.6 (23rd of 30)|
|112.9 (8th of 30)||Def Rtg||113.9 (12th of 30)|
|98.3 (20th of 30)||Pace||101.5 (2nd of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|D. Booker (28.0)||PPG||L. James (29.5)|
|D. Ayton (10.1)||RPG||A. Davis (12.5)|
|C. Paul (9.2)||APG||L. James (6.9)|
|C. Paul (1.6)||SPG||J. Vanderbilt (1.4)|
|K. Durant (1.3)||BPG||A. Davis (2.1)|
|K. Durant (.690)/D. Booker (10.3)||FG%/FGM||A. Davis, W. Gabriel (.599)/L. James (11.3)|
|K. Durant (.538)/D. Booker, K. Durant (2.3)||3P%/3PM||M. Christie (.419)/D. Russell (2.7)|
|Kevin Durant||Phoenix Suns||09 Mar 2023||Out (Ankle)||Durant will miss 2 to 3 weeks with an ankle injury.|
|DeAndre Ayton||Phoenix Suns||20 Mar 2023||Day to Day (Hip)||Ayton was OUT for Phoenix's Sunday (Mar 19) game.|
|Mo Bamba||Los Angeles Lakers||09 Mar 2023||Out (Ankle)||Bamba suffered a high left ankle sprain and will be re-evaluated in four weeks.|
|LeBron James||Los Angeles Lakers||19 Mar 2023||Out (Foot)||James is expected to return before the end of the season.|
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Phoenix Suns ATS Record: 36-33-2
Los Angeles Lakers ATS Record: 34-37-1
The Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers have produced a fierce rivalry, but it's gone in favor of the Suns this season. After a loss and a 5-5 run over their last ten games, the Phoenix Suns barely hold on to fourth place in the Western Conference. The Los Angeles Lakers are 11th in the Western Conference, going 6-4 over their last ten games.
Making their name off of the quality of their defense, the Phoenix Suns allow just 111.6 points per game (4th in the NBA) on 46.6% from the field (6th in the NBA) and 35.9% from the three-point range (14th in the NBA). The Suns have struggled through their last five games, though, allowing 120.8 points per game on 49.9% shooting from the field and 38.5% from three.
The Los Angeles Lakers are a team whose pace defines their play, scoring 116.4 points per game (8th in the NBA) while allowing 116.8 points per game (21st in the NBA) on just 46.8% from the field (8th in the NBA) and 34.1% from three-point range (2nd in the NBA). Despite going 3-2 over their last five games, the Lakers have held their opponents to just 110.0 points per game on 46.5% from the field and 30.9% from three.
Considering form and available players, the Los Angeles Lakers are a fair pick for this matchup. The Lakers have been in solid form despite their recent losses, and their offense should challenge the struggling Phoenix Suns. If they can push the pace and keep Phoenix out of the halfcourt, Los Angeles can work their way back into Play-In
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Phoenix Suns O/U Record: 35-34-2
Los Angeles Lakers O/U Record: 35-37-0
It's an offense-defense battle when the Los Angeles Lakers face off against the Phoenix Suns. The Lakers are averaging a combined 233.2 points per game on a minus-0.4 points differential. The Suns' average a combined 225.0 points per game on a plus-1.8 points differential.
Through their last five games, the Phoenix Suns have averaged a combined 235.0 points per game on a minus-6.6 points differential. The Los Angeles Lakers have averaged a combined 222.4 points per game on a plus-2.4 points differential after going 2-3 over that run of games. Surprisingly, the Suns have allowed a high combined total, while the Lakers' defense has limited their opponents' scoring.
The Suns have cleared 227.5 points in four of their last five games, but three have been losses. The Lakers have cleared 227.5 points in just one of their previous five games, one of their two wins over that stretch. We're counting on these teams to hit the over in this game, as injuries to key players have weakened both defenses - which should lead to a more up-and-down game than these teams would usually put on.
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