Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns Prediction, 3/21/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns
Date: Sunday, March 21, 2021
Location: Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, AZ
TV: Fox Sports Arizona
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (+3)
The Phoenix Suns (27-13) play the Los Angeles Lakers (28-13) at Phoenix Suns Arena on Sunday. The spread on this matchup has Phoenix as 3-point favorites. The O/U is set at 216.5.
The Los Angeles Lakers faced the Charlotte Hornets and walked away with a win by a score of 116-105 in their last game. Los Angeles wrapped up the game with a 47.8% FG percentage (44 of 92) and made 13 out of their 39 3-pointers. At the free throw line, the Lakers made 15 of their 20 tries for a rate of 75.0%. In regard to rebounding, they collected 48 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 23 assists for the game in addition to forcing 19 turnovers and getting 7 steals. With regard to defending, Los Angeles allowed 49.4% from the field on 41 of 83 shooting. Charlotte distributed 26 dimes and had 7 steals for this game. Moreover, Charlotte snagged 44 rebounds (8 offensive, 36 defensive) and earned 6 blocked shots. Charlotte finished the game at 60.0% from the free throw line by converting 12 of their 20 attempts. They also made 11 out of their 29 shots from beyond the arc.
LeBron James is a player who was a major contributor for the game. He accumulated 37 points on 14 out of 23 shooting. He played 36:30 minutes and totaled 8 boards. James went 60.9% from the field and distributed 6 dimes. One more player that had an impact in this matchup for the Lakers was Dennis Schröder. He snagged 4 rebounds in his 33:25 min played on the night. He finished the contest at 47.4% from the floor in the game via 9-of-19 (22 points). When this game wrapped up, Schröder had 7 assists.
Los Angeles will enter this contest with a record of 28-13 so far this season. They are averaging 112.4 points per game (18th in basketball) while connecting on 48.6% from the field. The Lakers are shooting 35.4% on shots from beyond the arc (444 of 1,254) and 74.9% from the free throw line. As a team, Los Angeles is collecting 45.4 boards per contest and has accounted for 1,022 dimes for the campaign, which has them ranked 14th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. They turn it over 15.0 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 19.0 personal fouls per game. On defense, the Lakers are able to force 14.9 turnovers per contest while drawing 21.6 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 19th in the NBA in giving up assists with 1,026 conceded on the year. The Lakers defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 45.5% (610 of 885) and they surrender 41.2 boards per contest as a unit. They concede 35.3% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 2nd in the league in PPG allowed (106.3).
In their last game, the Phoenix Suns got the victory with a final of 113-101 when they played the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Suns were able to snag 34 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 40 for the matchup. They also coughed it up 18 times, while getting 8 steals in the game. The Timberwolves had 19 fouls for this contest which took the Suns to the free throw line for 17 tries. They were able to knock down 13 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 76.5%. When talking about 3-point attempts, Phoenix converted 14 out of 27 tries (51.9%). When this game wrapped up, the Suns ended up shooting 43 for 86 from the floor which had them at 50.0%. The Suns allowed the Timberwolves to make 37 of their 79 attempts from the floor which had them sitting at 46.8% in the game. They finished shooting 37.1% from behind the 3-point line by going 13 out of 35 and finished the game at 14 of 18 from the charity stripe (77.8%). When it comes to how they attacked the glass, Phoenix allowed Minnesota to pull down 39 in total (5 offensive).
Chris Paul ended up having an impact for the Suns for this contest. He buried 8 out of 16 in this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 50.0%, and accounted for 1 rebound. Paul earned 20 points in his 33:37 minutes on the court and added 9 assists for the contest. An additional guy who came through for Phoenix was Mikal Bridges. He finished this one with 3 assists in 34:50 mins on the hardwood, and he put in 7 of 9 from the floor. Bridges finished going 77.8% from the field while earning 17 points and 6 total rebounds.
Phoenix has a win-loss mark of 27-13 this season. The Suns have committed 19.8 personal fouls every game and they hit 82.9% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 27.3 times per contest (2nd in basketball) and they are giving up possession 13.5 times per contest. Phoenix has 4,567 pts on the year (114.2 per game) and they pull in 43.2 rebounds per contest. When it comes to offensive execution, the Suns are shooting 49.0% from the field, which ranks them 2nd in the league. The Suns defensively are ranked 4th in basketball in PPG given up with 107.9. They are able to force 13.3 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 46.0% from the field (10th in the NBA). The Phoenix defense surrenders 34.7% on shots from beyond the perimeter (447 of 1,290) and their opposition knocks down 76.5% of their free throw attempts. They allow 21.9 dimes and 43.0 total boards per game, which ranks them 1st and 11th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Los Angeles (+3)
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