The Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers have developed something of a rivalry over the last year, dating back to their playoff series last season. And that rivalry will be renewed on a much smaller scale in the preseason, with the second Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers matchup of this preseason set to take place on Sunday. Both teams have given most of their main rotation players some run in the preseason, making this an intriguing matchup to close out the week in the NBA.
In the first preseason matchup between these two teams this year, the Suns were the ones who got the job done at home. But the Lakers will look to turn the tables on them at home. In this expert pick for this preseason contest between the Suns and Lakers, bettors will get three picks for this contest.
Phoenix Suns – Nearly at Full Strength
This year, the Phoenix Suns find themselves with much better odds to win the NBA Finals than they did before the tip off of last season. After getting to the NBA Finals last season, the Suns have shown that they are close to reaching the pinnacle of the sport. And in the preseason, the Suns have put an impressive level of effort forth by playing most of their top players in these ultimately meaningless games.
Outside of Dario Saric, who will be out for an extended period of time this season, Devin Booker is the only key player who missed the Suns’ last preseason game. Chris Paul, DeAndre Ayton and the key members of the Suns’ bench all appeared in that game, which was also against the Lakers. As long as they all appear in this game as well, the Suns should have a chance to pick up a second straight win over Los Angeles.
Expected Line-Up: Chris Paul, Landry Shamet, Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder, DeAndre Ayton
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Los Angeles Lakers – Trying Down the Stretch
Just like the Suns, the Lakers will be one of the most bet on teams to win the NBA Finals despite having some of the shortest odds to get there. And the Lakers have shown why during the preseason, as they have showcased some of the depth that could get them deep into this postseason. In their last preseason game, the Lakers showed a level of heart that isn’t common in the playoffs, featuring some veteran talent.
Los Angeles trailed by 20 points in the second half against the Golden State Warriors in their last game. But they fought back to within a possession for a while, with players like Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard playing deep into the fourth quarter. If the Lakers continue to play veteran talent late into their preseason games, they should be able to break into the win column.
Expected Line-Up: Russell Westbrook, Malik Monk, Kent Bazemore, LeBron James, DeAndre Jordan
Expert Pick #1 – Lakers +3 @ -112
The Los Angeles Lakers should cover the spread in this game, which is the best bet on the board for this contest. So far, the Lakers have been competitive in the preseason on the scoreboard. But they have selected competitive lineups to help them get there, which is more important than the results during these exhibition contests. Frank Vogel should continue to put his more talented players on the floor here, helping the Lakers secure a cover.
Expert Pick #2 – Lakers to Win @ +122
In addition to taking the Lakers to cover the spread, it could be worth betting on the Lakers to win this game at +122 odds. This bet is also predicated on the effort level that the Lakers showed against the Golden State Warriors in their last preseason game. Assuming that both teams continue to play some of their better talent in this contest, the Lakers are a good value at plus money at home.
Expert Pick #3 – Under 221 @ -110
The final bet to place on this game is the under 221 at odds of -110. Both of these teams were among the best in the league last year defensively, and their defensive philosophies will be aided by the fact that there will be plenty of reserves in action in this game. Bettors should tread lightly on every market, as this is the preseason, but the under should be a decent look here.
While the Phoenix Suns won the first preseason matchup between these teams, as well as the playoff series between them last season, the Lakers should be able to get a win of their own here. Don’t expect much playing time from LeBron James and Anthony Davis. But the Lakers should get plenty of help from players like Rondo and Howard, along with some high-effort players like Talen Horton-Tucker to help them earn a victory.