Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix Suns NBA Tips 3/2/2019
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Talking Stick Resort Arena
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The Los Angeles Lakers travel to Talking Stick Resort Arena to play the Phoenix Suns on Saturday, March 2, 2019. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles as 6.5 point favorites.
The Lakers head into this matchup with a mark of 30-31. They are 4th in the Pacific Division. They have a point differential of -1.2 as they average 112.4 points per contest while giving up 113.6 per game. The Suns have an overall mark of 12-50. They currently are 5th in the Pacific Division. They total 106.2 points per contest and give up 116.2, which is a point differential of -10.0.
Valuable Los Angeles Lakers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Lakers are 25-34-2 against the spread
The Los Angeles Lakers are 25-36-0 against the over/under
Important Phoenix Suns Betting Trends
The Phoenix Suns are 26-36-0 against the spread
The Phoenix Suns are 28-34-0 against the over/under
Key Los Angeles Lakers Injuries
02/28/19 G Lance Stephenson Toe is downgraded to out Friday vs Milwaukee
01/20/19 PG Lonzo Ball Ankle is out indefinitely
Key Phoenix Suns Injuries
02/28/19 G Devin Booker Toe is questionable Friday vs New Orleans
01/24/19 SF TJ Warren Ankle is out indefinitely
LeBron James comes into this contest averaging 26.9 points per game while playing 35.3 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 8.7 rebounds per game and dishes out 7.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 51% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 67%. Kyle Kuzma averages 19.2 points per game in 32.8 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.5 assists per contest and 5.6 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 47% for the year while his free throw percentage is 76%.
Deandre Ayton averages 16.4 points per game while playing 30.9 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 10.5 rebounds per game and has 1.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 59% and his free throw percentage is at 76%. Devin Booker averages 24.6 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.0 rebounds per contest and 6.7 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 85%.
Useful Team Statistics
Los Angeles averages 112.4 points per contest this season, which ranks them 13th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -1.2 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team, which has them ranked 7th. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 28th in the league. They average 46.8 rebounds per game and 25.2 assists per game, which ranks them 7th and 11th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 2nd with 15.9 per game. The Lakers allow 113.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 23rd in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc, ranking them 7th and 12th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 46.9 rebounds a game which ranks 27th and they give up 24.8 assists per contest, which puts them in 19th place in the league. They force 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 19th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Phoenix is 24th in the league with 106.2 points per game this year. They are 17th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is -10.0. They shoot 33% from 3-point range, which is good for 30th in the NBA. They are 30th in the league in rebounding with 40.1 boards per game, and 18th in assists per contest with 24.0. The Suns are 3rd in turnovers per game with 15.8. The Suns surrender 116.2 points per contest, which ranks them 28th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 48% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 29th and 27th in those defensive statistics. They rank 28th with 26.1 assists allowed per contest and 26th with 46.4 rebounds surrendered per game. The Suns were 25th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.7 per game last season.
The Lakers are 21st in the league in defensive rating with 109, and their offensive rating of 107.8 is ranked 12th. They are 4th in the NBA in pace with 103.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 12th. As a unit they are 17th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shot attempts, ranking 19th in the NBA. Los Angeles is 3rd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 51%, which is 27th in the NBA.
Phoenix is 2nd in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.7 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 55%, which is 3rd in the NBA. The Suns are 28th in the league in defensive rating with 114.7, and their offensive rating of 104.9 is ranked 29th. They are 14th in the NBA in pace with 100.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% is 24th. As a unit they are 23rd in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shot attempts, ranking 18th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Lakers/Suns NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Los Angeles -6.5
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