NBA Odds — Suns Go For Seventh in Row Against Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers are red-hot.

Well, actually that’s a bit of an exaggeration. But they have indeed won their last two home games, and that would qualify as some major sizzle in what has become a very dreary season. On Sunday night, the Lakers will play host to a team that really IS hot, as the Phoenix Suns come to the Staples Center for NBA betting action that is scheduled to begin at 9:35 PM ET.

Phoenix has won six games in a row, and that streak could not have come at a better time. Currently the Suns are in a very intense battle being contested for the final two playoff spots in the Western Conference. With the 44-29 straight-up record, they are a half-game ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies and the Dallas Mavericks, in a race that could conceivably change once or twice an evening until the end of the regular season.

The Lakers are 24-48 straight-up, and the best thing they can say about themselves is that they don’t have worst record in the West, at least not as of tonight. They have lost nine out of their last 12 games, although as mentioned, they have won their last two home games. One of them was a 103-94 victory over the lowly Orlando Magic. The other one more resounding – a 127-96 clobbering of the schizophrenic New York Knicks.

In the NBA odds that have been established on this game by the people at Get That Bet, the Suns are laying quite a few points on the road:

NBA Odds Courtesy Of Get That Bet USA Sportsbook

Los Angeles Lakers 2014
Phoenix Suns -9.5
Los Angeles Lakers +9.5
Over 225 points -110

Under 225 points -110

Phoenix has emerged victorious in all three meetings with the Lakers this season, and if they win on Sunday night, they will sweep the Lakers for the first time in nine seasons. The last time these teams played, it was at the US Airways Center on January 15, and even though the Suns shot only 21% from beyond the three-point arc, they did have a 60-47 rebounding advantage and came back from a four-point halftime deficit to win 121-114.

The Suns have been an incredibly resilient team this season. To begin with, they were not expected to be much of a factor in the Western Conference playoff race, but first-year coach Jeff Hornacek tweaked the lineup to put, in effect, two point guards on the floor at the same time in Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic. But Bledsoe went down with an injury, and the Suns struggled without him at first; then they got back to their winning ways.

Another slump occurred not long ago, from February 23 to March 12 they had lost seven of ten games, and perhaps some Get That Bet customers started to write them off, especially as Memphis came on very strong and momentarily knocked Phoenix out of the top eight spots in the West. But with this winning streak, the Suns have the upper hand – albeit a very small one – in this three-way madness.

In some ways, the Lakers are coming off a real low point of their season. On Friday night they suffered a 143-107 humiliation at the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves, in which Minnesota shot 67% from the field, which is the highest figure for any NBA team this season. The Lakers have allowed 62% over their last two games, and in their last 14 contests, they have allowed the opposition to shoot 50% or better eight times. They also had a 59-34 rebounding disadvantage against the T-Wolves. Will that get a little better against Phoenix? Well, Pau Gasol, who could help in that are, is questionable with vertigo.

The Lakers themselves are questionable with a lot of other things, if you know what we mean.

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