It is the first game of a three-game road trip and each team should be well rested for this NBA betting contest. The Lakers have not played since Tuesday when they beat Toronto while Phoenix has not played since Saturday when they got past Indiana.
Basketball betting on the Lakers has been profitable in this series as the Lakers have won 7 of the last 10 straight up and six of the last ten against the NBA betting odds. The teams have met three teams this season with the home team winning big every time in basketball betting. The Lakers won 108-88 and 121-102 in Los Angeles while the Suns won by a score of 118-103 in Phoenix. Four of the last six in this series have gone over the total. The Lakers have gone 3-7 in their last 10 regular season visits to Phoenix. In 48 career games against the Suns including 41 starts, Kobe Bryant is averaging 25.9 points per game.
Los Angeles broke a three-game losing streak as they beat Toronto on Tuesday as Kobe Bryant hit the game winning shot. Even though the Lakers won they did not cover the basketball betting odds. And the Lakers have not been a good team vs. the basketball betting odds this season. They are very weak on the road at 12-17-1 against the spread. The Lakers are also a team that goes under the total more often than you might expect with the under paying off at home and on the road. Los Angeles can play tough defense and that defense will be tested in this game against the high flying Suns.
Phoenix is 18-14 against the spread at home this season. The Suns are the highest scoring team in the NBA and they simply try and run other teams into the ground. That probably won’t work with the Lakers since Los Angeles has a potent offense and a solid defense. The Suns have not been a team that goes over the total though despite their great offense and weak defense. They have gone under the total more often than over the total simply because the totals on their games are so high.
This should be an entertaining game on Friday between two of the top teams in the Western Conference.