Friday, March 18, 2016
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The Phoenix Suns travel to Staples Center to play the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, March 18, 2016. The opening line for this game has Los Angeles as 3 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 212.
The Suns come into this game with an overall record of 18-49 and a road record of 6-27. They are 4th in the Pacific Division. They currently have a point differential of -7.2 as they are averaging 100.8 points per game while giving up 108 per contest. Phoenix is 3-8 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 12-29. They are 4-6 in their last 10 games. The Lakers have an overall record of 14-54 and a home record of 9-24. They currently are 5th in the Pacific Division. They are averaging 97.9 points per game and surrendering 106.8, good for a point differential of -9. Los Angeles has a division record of 2-10 and a conference record of 6-35. In their last 10 games they are 3-7.
Devin Booker comes into this contest averaging 12.3 points per game while playing 25.9 minutes per night so far this season for the Suns. He pulls down 2.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is currently at 84%. P.J. Tucker averages 7.2 points per game in 30.2 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.9 assists per contest and 5.8 rebounds per game for Phoenix. His field goal percentage is 40% for the year while his free throw percentage is 72%.
Kobe Bryant averages 16.8 points per game while playing 28.8 minutes per contest this year for the Lakers. He grabs 4.1 rebounds per game and has 3.1 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 36% and his free throw percentage currently is at 80%. Jordan Clarkson averages 15.6 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.2 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.9 rebounds per contest and 2.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 80%.
Phoenix averages 100.8 points per contest this season which ranks them 22nd in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -7.2 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 28th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 13th in the league. They average 52.1 rebounds per game and 20.5 assists per game which ranks them 15th and 25th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 29th with 16.8 per game. The Suns allow 108 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 28th and 30th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 52.4 rebounds a game which ranks 18th and they give up 22.6 assists per contest which puts them in 20th place in the league. They force 15 turnovers per game which ranks them 12th in the league.
Los Angeles averages 97.9 points per game this year which ranks them 29th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -9 and their shooting percentage is 42% as a team which has them sitting in the 30th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 32% which is good for 30th in the NBA. They average 51.6 rebounds per game and 18.2 assists per contest which ranks them 18th and 30th respectively. In the turnover department the Lakers rank 11th with 13.7 per game. The Lakers allow 106.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 26th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 29th and 13th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 54.6 rebounds a game which ranks 25th and they give up 24.3 assists per contest which puts them in 29th place in the league. The Lakers force 12.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 28th in the NBA.
The Suns average 98.2 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 107 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -11.7 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -7.3 per contest. The Suns have an offensive rating of 102.5 and a defensive rating of 109.8. In terms of pace they average 98.2 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 49%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they shoot 3 pointers on 30% of their shots. Phoenix turns the ball over an average of 15 times per 100 possessions and they force 13.6 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%.
The Lakers score 96.8 ppg at home and they have averaged 97.7 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of -7.7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of -6.7 points per game. The Lakers rating on offense is 102.2 and they have a defensive rating of 111.6. They get 95.6 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 47%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 51% and they attempt 3 pointers on 29% of their shot attempts. Los Angeles turns the ball over on 12.5 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 11.5 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 52%.
Phoenix Suns Betting Trends
The Phoenix Suns are 27-40-0 against the spread
The Phoenix Suns are 35-32-0 against the over/under
Los Angeles Lakers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Lakers are 31-36-1 against the spread
The Los Angeles Lakers are 30-38-0 against the over/under
Phoenix Suns Injuries
12/29/15 PG Eric Bledsoe Knee out for season
03/17/16 PG Brandon Knight Back probable Thursday vs. Utah
02/02/16 F T.J. Warren Ankle out for season
Los Angeles Lakers Injuries
03/17/16 F Brandon Bass Eye "?" Friday vs. Phoenix
03/17/16 G Kobe Bryant Shoulder "?" Friday vs. Phoenix
03/05/16 F Anthony Brown Foot out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Los Angeles
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