Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, 10/22/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date: Friday, October 22, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (+3.5)
The Phoenix Suns (0-1) are on their way to STAPLES Center on Friday where they will try to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers (0-1). Los Angeles is 3.5-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under is set at 227.5.
The Suns took the court against the Nuggets and went home with a loss by a final score of 110-98 in their last contest. Phoenix ended with a 41.4% field goal percentage (36 out of 87) and made 14 of their 37 three-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Suns made 12 of 17 attempts for a percentage of 70.6%. Concerning grabbing rebounds, they earned 45 with 11 of them being offensive. They also doled out 23 assists for the contest in addition to forcing the opposition into 1 turnovers and having 9 steals. Concerning defending, Phoenix allowed the other team to shoot 53.0% from the field on 44 out of 83 shooting. Denver doled out 46 dimes and had 25 steals in the game. Moreover, Denver had 40 rebounds (6 offensive, 34 defensive) and got 3 rejections. Denver ended up shooting 55.6% from the free throw line by burying 5 of 9 shots. They also made 17 out of their 39 shots from beyond the arc.
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Chris Paul is someone who came through in this contest. He accumulated 15 points on 6 out of 11 shooting. He saw the court for 34 minutes played and grabbed 4 rebounds. Paul shot 54.5% from the field and also earned 10 dimes.
Phoenix enters this game after finishing with a mark of 0-1 last year. The Suns connected on 37.8% on shots from distance (940 of 2,490) and 83.4% from the free throw line. They had an average of 115.3 points per outing (7th in basketball) while connecting on 49.0% from the field. They lost possession by turning the ball over 12.5 times per game and as a basketball team committed 19.1 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a group, Phoenix snagged 42.9 rebounds per game and accounted for 1,939 assists last season, which ranked 3rd in the league in terms of passing the ball. When they were on defense, the Suns were able to force 13.6 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 18.0 personal fouls. They were ranked 4th in the league in allowing assists 1,652 conceded last season. The Suns defensively gave up and opponent field goal percentage of 46.7% (2,916 of 6,248) and they relinquished 42.7 boards per game as a group. They relinquished 35.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they were ranked 7th in basketball in PPG from their opponents (109.5).
The last time they took the court, the Lakers took a defeat with a final score of 121-114 when they played the Warriors. The Lakers were able to pull down 40 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive boards totaling 45 in this contest. They turned it over 17 times, while getting 7 steals for the matchup. The Warriors committed 17 fouls for the matchup which got the Lakers to the charity stripe for a total of 19 shots. They were able to knock down 9 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 47.4%. When discussing shooting from downtown, Los Angeles made 15 of 42 attempts (35.7%). When the final whistle blew, the Lakers finished shooting 45 out of 95 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 47.4%. The Lakers allowed the Warriors to convert 41 of their 93 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 44.1% for this game. They finished the game shooting 35.9% from downtown by connecting on 14 of 39 and ended up shooting 25 of 30 from the free throw line (83.3%). When discussing cleaning up the glass, Los Angeles allowed Golden State to collect 41 overall (9 offensive).
Anthony Davis pitched in for the Lakers for this contest. He made 15 of 26 in the game for a rate of 57.7%, and added 11 rebounds. Davis earned 33 points in his 39 minutes on the hardwood and had 2 dimes in the game.
Los Angeles had a mark of 0-1 last season. The Lakers committed 19.1 fouls per game and they connected on 73.9% from the free throw line. They earned an assist 24.7 times per game (15th in basketball) and they turned the ball over 15.2 times per game. Los Angeles scored 7,887 points last season (109.5 per contest) and they grabbed 44.2 boards per game. As an offense, the Lakers hit 47.2% from the floor, which ranked them 12th in the NBA. The Lakers on defense were ranked 2nd in the league in PPG surrendered with 106.8. They surrendered 24.7 assists and 42.0 boards per game, which ranked them 13th and 4th in the NBA. The Los Angeles defense allowed 35.2% from downtown (818 of 2,321) and their opponents knocked down 77.6% of their shots from the free throw line. They were able to force 15.2 TO's per game and allowed teams to shoot 46.0% from the field (8th in the NBA).
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take Phoenix (+3.5)
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