Wednesday, March 23, 2016
US Airways Center
For Updated Odds on This Game Click Here
The Los Angeles Lakers travel to US Airways Center to play the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. The opening line for this game has Phoenix as 4.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 212.
The Lakers come into this game with an overall record of 14-55 and a road record of 5-30. They are 5th in the Pacific Division. They currently have a point differential of -8.9 as they are averaging 97.7 points per game while giving up 106.6 per contest. Los Angeles is 2-11 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 6-36. They are 3-7 in their last 10 games. The Suns have an overall record of 19-51 and a home record of 12-23. They currently are 4th in the Pacific Division. They are averaging 100.2 points per game and surrendering 107.6, good for a point differential of -7.4. Phoenix has a division record of 4-8 and a conference record of 13-31. In their last 10 games they are 4-6.
Kobe Bryant comes into this contest averaging 16.8 points per game while playing 28.8 minutes per night so far this season for the Lakers. He pulls down 4.1 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.1 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 36% while his free throw percentage is currently at 80%. Jordan Clarkson averages 15.5 points per game in 32.1 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.6 assists per contest and 3.9 rebounds per game for Los Angeles. His field goal percentage is 44% for the year while his free throw percentage is 80%.
Brandon Knight averages 19.3 points per game while playing 36 minutes per contest this year for the Suns. He grabs 3.9 rebounds per game and has 5.1 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage currently is at 86%. Devin Booker averages 12.5 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 26.2 minutes per contest. He also averages 2.3 rebounds per contest and 2.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is 85%.
Los Angeles averages 97.7 points per contest this season which ranks them 29th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -8.9 and their shooting percentage is 42% as a team which has them ranked 30th. Behind the arc they shoot 32% which is good for 30th in the league. They average 51.7 rebounds per game and 18.2 assists per game which ranks them 18th and 30th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 11th with 13.7 per game. The Lakers allow 106.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 26th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 29th and 11th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 54.8 rebounds a game which ranks 26th and they give up 24.2 assists per contest which puts them in 29th place in the league. They force 12.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 28th in the league.
Phoenix averages 100.2 points per game this year which ranks them 22nd in the league. Their average scoring margin is -7.4 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team which has them sitting in the 29th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 14th in the NBA. They average 52.4 rebounds per game and 20.4 assists per contest which ranks them 13th and 25th respectively. In the turnover department the Suns rank 29th with 16.8 per game. The Suns allow 107.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 29th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 39% average from behind the arc ranking them 27th and 30th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 52.5 rebounds a game which ranks 19th and they give up 22.4 assists per contest which puts them in 19th place in the league. The Suns force 15 turnovers per game which ranks them 12th in the NBA.
The Lakers average 98.8 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 91.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -11.1 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -5.3 per contest. The Lakers have an offensive rating of 102.1 and a defensive rating of 111.4. In terms of pace they average 95.6 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 46%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 51% and they shoot 3 pointers on 29% of their shots. Los Angeles turns the ball over an average of 12.5 times per 100 possessions and they force 11.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%.
The Suns score 103.1 ppg at home and they have averaged 87 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of -11.7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of -2.9 points per game. The Suns rating on offense is 102 and they have a defensive rating of 109.5. They get 98.1 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 49%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they attempt 3 pointers on 30% of their shot attempts. Phoenix turns the ball over on 15 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 13.6 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 53%.
Los Angeles Lakers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Lakers are 31-37-1 against the spread
The Los Angeles Lakers are 30-39-0 against the over/under
Phoenix Suns Betting Trends
The Phoenix Suns are 28-42-0 against the spread
The Phoenix Suns are 35-35-0 against the over/under
Los Angeles Lakers Injuries
03/21/16 G Kobe Bryant Shoulder "?" Tuesday vs. Memphis
03/21/16 F Ryan Kelly Wrist "?" Tuesday vs. Memphis
03/05/16 F Anthony Brown Foot out indefinitely
Phoenix Suns Injuries
12/29/15 PG Eric Bledsoe Knee out for season
03/22/16 C Tyson Chandler Back injured last game, "?" Wednesday vs. LA Lakers
02/02/16 F T.J. Warren Ankle out for season
Guy's Pick: Take Phoenix
Read more articles by Guy Bruhn
Get all of Today's NBA Picks
Get all of Today's Guaranteed Expert NBA Picks