The NBA is set up with another great night of basketball throughout March 2. Seven games are up on the board throughout Tuesday night. One of these games will be between the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers. These two teams have been strong to open up this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 10:00 PM Eastern time on TNT.
The Suns have started out this season with a record 22-11, which has them in fourth place of the Western Conference. Phoenix has won two games in a row entering this one and eleven of their last thirteen. The Suns have been on a roll throughout their last stretch of games and will look to keep it going on Tuesday night.
Los Angeles has put up a record of 24-11 throughout this season so far, which has them sitting in second place of the Western Conference. The Lakers have won back to back games, which ended a four game losing streak. Los Angeles will look to build off those wins entering this one. I expect the Lakers to try and set the pace early at home in this one.
These two teams are competing near the top of the Western Conference, which should lead to a good game in this one. The Suns are only a game and a half back on the Lakers, which they could close that gap with a win in this one. I expect both teams to set the pace of play with quick starts in this one. This should be a great game to finish off the night of action.
The Suns and the Lakers met up three times throughout last season. Phoenix hosted the first game on November 12. Devin Booker finished with 21 points and 9 assists, while Ricky Rubio scored 21 points and 10 assists. Anthony Davis put up 24 points and 12 rebounds. Kyle Kuzma added 23 points off the bench as Los Angeles earned a 123-115 win.
Los Angeles hosted the second game of the season series on January 1. Devin Booker dropped 32 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. added 26 points. It still was not enough for the Suns. LeBron James put up 31 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. Anthony Davis scored 26 points and 11 rebounds as well. Kyle Kuzma added 19 points off the bench as the Lakers were able to grab a 117-107 win at home.
The third game of the season series stayed in Los Angeles on February 10. Mikal Bridges dropped 18 points, while Cheick Diallo put up 15 points. Once again Phoenix was not able to come away with the win. Anthony Davis scored 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Rajon Rondo put up 23 points off the bench. The Lakers were able to sweep the season series with a 125-100 win in this one.
Los Angeles has won three straight games against the Suns and ten of their last twelve against them. Phoenix has struggled over this last stretch of seasons, but are finally competing this season. The Lakers will look to keep up their success against Phoenix though. Los Angeles has won their last five home games against the Suns, but Phoenix will look to finally turn things around.
Field Goal Shooting
Phoenix has been strong shooting the ball throughout this season. The Suns have been able to make 48.3 percent of their shots from the field, which is 5th in the league. Phoenix has also shot 37.5 percent from behind the arc, which is 10th in the NBA. The Suns have drained 83.3 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 2nd in the league.
The Lakers have also been pretty solid shooting the ball to this point in the season. Los Angeles has made 47.9 percent of their shots from the field, which is 8th in the NBA. The Lakers are shooting 34.8 percent from deep, which is 25th in the league. Los Angeles has sunk 74.5 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 25th in the NBA.
The Suns have the edge shooting the ball in this one, but Los Angeles has been slightly better on defense. The Lakers have held opponents to a 44.8 shooting percentage from the field, which is 5th in the league. Phoenix has held opposing teams to a 45.7 percent, which is 9th in the NBA. The Suns will look to get past the Lakers defense in this one to give themselves the edge.
Devin Booker has led this Phoenix team so far this season. Booker is averaging 25.5 points per game. Chris Paul has averaged 16.5 points and 9 assists per game. Deandre Ayton is averaging 14.5 points and 11.5 rebounds, while Mikal Bridges has averaged 13.5 points per game. Dario Saric and Cameron Johnson have both averaged 10.5 points per game to round out this lineup.
LeBron James continues to lead Los Angeles this season. James has averaged 25.5 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists per game. Dennis Schroder is averaging 14.5 points per game as well this season. Montrezl Harrell has averaged 13.5 points per game, while Kyle Kuzma is averaging 11 points per game off the bench this season.
The Lakers are without a key piece of their lineup in Anthony Davis. Davis was averaging 22.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game before going down with injury. Los Angeles will need some players to step up in this one if they want to grab the win. The Suns have had a nice spread of scoring, which they will look to give them an edge in this one.
Phoenix has been really strong throughout this season, but will look to really get a statement win against the Lakers. Los Angeles is without Anthony Davis in this one, which I think gives the Suns a chance to steal this one on the road. Phoenix has the edge shooting the ball and if they can get their offense going quickly in this one, I think they will pull off the upset.
BetOnline has Los Angeles listed as a -125 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Lakers will win this game around 55.6 percent of the time. Los Angeles is the better team coming into this one, but I think Phoenix will take advantage with Davis out. The Suns have looked good this season and I think they will prove themselves with a win on Tuesday night.