The 36-32 LA Lakers will travel on a back to back when they face the 22-45 Phoenix Suns in an NBA pro basketball game on Monday night. Tip off time from Phoenix is scheduled for 10PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.
The odds from this NBA game will be out on Monday morning as Kobe Bryant is listed as questionable with a sprained ankle.
This will be the fourth meeting of the season between the Lakers and Suns with each team winning on their home court. Phoenix covered at home and the teams went 1-1 against the spread in the two games held in LA.
The Lakers have a road record of 13-21 on the year. They win their second straight and eight in ten games following a 113-102 home victory on Sunday night to the Sacramento Kings as a -8 ½ point betting favorite. The total came in at under 216 points. LA enjoyed a 56.9% shooting game and hit on 12 of 28 from three point range. The Lakers pulled down ten more rebounds than the Kings and held Sacramento to 43.8% shooting. Antawn Jamison off the bench had 27 points and 9 rebounds on 8 of 14 shooting. The Lakers have begun improving drastically on the defensive end of the court. They have allowed an average of 93.8 points per game over their past five games. The Lakers sit in the eighth seed in the Western conference and holds a 1 game lead over the Utah Jazz for the final playoff spot.
Phoenix Suns are 15-17 straight up on their home court. They return home off a 0-3 road trip. They dropped their fourth straight and sixth in seven games after a 127-105 road defeat on Saturday to the Washington Wizards as a +7 ½ point underdog. The game ended over 189 ½ points. The Suns shot 47.7% from the field and made 6 of 21 three point shots. They had six more rebounds than the Wizards but lose as they give up 51.6% shooting and 14 of 21 from three point distance to Washington. Michael Beasley off the bench poured in 21 points for Phoenix on 7 of 12 from the floor. The Suns are a really bad defensive team. They are 30th and worst in the league in defending threes by allowing 40.1% from beyond the arc. Phoenix allows opponents 46.9% shooting which is fourth worst in the NBA. Over their past six games the Suns have given up an average of 113 points per game.